08092017-TTC-01.qxd 9/8/2017 1:33 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday, september 8, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 248 | 28 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Salem given life term, SYL: Settlement possible, Centre tells SC Gets six more weeks to mediate between Punjab, Haryana to resolve canal water issue co-conspirators death Satya Prakash Tribune News Service Sentencing 24 yrs after Mumbai blasts that killed 257 Shiv Kumar 1993 BLASTS CASE TIMELINE Tribune News Service Mumbai, September 7 Gangster Abu Salem was today sentenced to life imprisonment even as two of his co-conspirators, Tahir Merchant and Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan, were awarded the death penalty for their role in carrying out the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts. The fourth convict, Karimullah Khan, was awarded the life sentence and the fifth, Riyaz Siddiqui, sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment. Mustafa Dossa, who along with Salem was one of the masterminds, died of a heart attack in jail on June 28 shortly after being pronounced guilty. The blasts across Mumbai on March 12, 1993, had left 257 persons dead. Judge GA Sanap of the special Terrorism and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act [TADA] court also slapped varying amounts of fine on the convicts after finding them guilty of murder, hatching a criminal conspiracy to carry out the blasts, waging a war against the nation and supplying arms and ammunition, Special Public Prosecutor Deepak Salve told mediapersons. Salem was extradited from Portugal in 2005 after India gave an undertaking that he ■ MARCH 12, 1993: As many as 13 bombs rip through Mumbai, leaving 257 dead ■ APRIL 19: Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt arrested for illegal possession of a 9 mm pistol and AK-56 rifle and ammunition; later granted bail by Bombay High Court ■ NOVEMBER 4: Mumbai crime branch files primary chargesheet, naming 189 accused, including Dutt ■ NOVEMBER 19: Case handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) ■ APRIL 10, 1994: TADA court JUNE 30, 1995: Accused Mohammed Jameel and Usman Jhankanan turn approvers ■ ■ OCTOBER 14: Supreme Court grants bail to actor Sanjay Dutt SEPT 12, 2006: Judge PD would not be awarded the death penalty, if found guilty. Gangsters Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon, who were found guilty of masterminding the blasts, are believed to Kode pronounces Tiger Memon, Yakub Memon and two more of family guilty and acquits three. Twelve convicts awarded death penalty, 20 get life sentence Patna, September 7 Two bike-borne assailants today shot at a journalist of a vernacular daily in Bihar’s Arwal district. On his way home from a bank at Mati, the assailants shot at Pankaj Mishra and decamped with his bag containing Rs 1 lakh. His condition is stated to be critical. SP Dilip Kumar said two assailants waylaid Mishra of ‘Rashtriya Sahara’ after he withdrew Rs 1 lakh from a bank. One of the assailants has been arrested. — OC home here on September 5. As the SIT began its probe, there seemed to be differences within the family on whether the case should be handed over to the CBI. continued on page 12 scribes denounce trolls page 7 ■ MARCH 21, 2013: SC upholds death sentence of Yakub Memon, commutes death sentence of 10 convicts to life term. Sanjay Dutt sent to 5 years’ jail ■ FEBRUARY 2016: Sanjay Dutt released from Yerwada jail be hiding in Pakistan while Yakub Memon, nabbed in Nepal, was hanged to death in Nagpur Central Jail on July 30, 2015, his 53rd birthday. continued on page 12 Srinagar, September 7 A day after three top separatist leaders dared the National Investigation Agency (NIA) — probing the funding of secessionist activities in Kashmir — to arrest them, the Central agency today raided the houses of several of their aides in Jammu and Kashmir. In all, nine locations in Kashmir and one each in Jammu and Gurugram were searched. The NIA sleuths swooped on the residence of Shiite leader Agha Hassan in Budgam and that of Ghulam CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY Tribune News Service ■ Jyoti and Krishan hatched a Panipat, September 7 A BA final-year student from Barana village, who was believed to have been murdered after a body was found in a Gaushala Temple room on Tuesday evening, was arrested from a Shimla hotel, along with main accused Krishan, this morning. The body found in the temple room was identified as that of Jyoti’s on the basis of her college identity card that was found lying nearby. The police had been on the lookout for suspect Krishan of Atawla village (a final-year student of SD College) in connection with the murder of Jyoti, a BA-III student of Arya PG College, since then. Yesterday night, the police got information that Krishan was staying in a Shimla hotel. This morning, the police reached the spot and were surprised to see Krishan and Jyoti staying together in a GS Paul Tribune News Service Mithun Kumar takes a class at his school in Nangli village near Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR two-storey structure that he himself raised, runs on donations besides his income from the kiosk. It has 170 children, most of them wards of migrant labourers, who come in two shifts. sign of negotiations at the highest political level. This is the second time that the Centre has sought time from the top court to work out a solution to the issue. During the last hearing on July 11, Venugopal had requested the Bench to give two months to the Centre to arrive at a negotiated settle- Decoding the school name, “Methodologies for Rural Education and Learning”, Mithun says the children are taught the basics of English language, besides other subjects. Three of his Today’s issue is of 28 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. IN JAMMU, ARMS FOUND Tribune News Service conspiracy to ‘mislead police and their parents’ ■ They allegedly strangled Simran of Krishan’s college and defaced body with acid ■ They then changed her clothes with that of Jyoti’s and left her identity card near the body to give an impression that Jyoti has been killed ■ On Thursday morning, both Jyoti and Krishan were arrested from a Shimla hotel hotel room near the Shimla bus stand. They were arrested and brought to Panipat. Investigations indicate that the body found in the Gaushala Temple room was that of Simran of Azaad Nagar. She was a BA-II student of SD College. Superintendent of Police Rahul Sharma said the accused had hatched a conspiracy to mislead the police continued on page 12 9 years of free classes, ‘Sir’ shows class Amritsar, September 7 Mithun Kumar, 23, a rickshaw-puller’s son, is a spunky lad. Nine years ago, no money in his pocket, he took the first step to realising his goal — to impart free education to the underprivileged children. He collected second-hand books for primary classes and began to hold classes on a vacant piece of land near his home in nearby Nangli village. To meet the expenses, he initially worked as a waiter at marriage parties and at food and tea vends. Now, he runs a kiosk at the Amritsar railway station. His school, curiously named “M-Real”, in a small The Bench gave six more weeks to the Centre to further mediate between Punjab and Haryana to arrive at an amicable solution and posted the matter for further hearing on November 8. The mentioning of PM Narendra Modi’s name in the SYL dispute by the Attorney General is being read as a Samaan Lateef Mukesh Tandon Journalist shot at in Bihar; one held atmosphere of optimism.... There is possibility of a settlement. We need more time as the PM is out of the country.” ■ Giving six more weeks to the Centre to mediate between Punjab and Haryana, the court posted the matter for further hearing on November 8 party in Haryana was agitating on the issue. During the last hearing, Rajasthan had also demanded that its rights must be safeguarded in any settlement between Punjab and Haryana. Haryana has maintained that it can’t be made to wait for such a long time for the construction of the SYL Canal. Any further delay in the execution of the top court’s decree passed in 2002 would lead to people losing faith in the judicial system. “How long we will have to wait?” Divan had asked on July 11. continued on page 12 more reports on pages 3, 5 Separatists’ aides searched, dubious records seized Don’t give political ‘Murdered’ Panipat hue: Gauri’s family girl found alive in HP Bengaluru, September 7 Even as the IG-headed SIT today studied the CCTV footage of the scene of murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh for any clue to the killers, the family, pleading against giving a political colour to the incident, appeared divided on who should handle the probe. It sought that all angles be examined, whether it was the extreme right wing or the Naxals. “I request, please don’t give political colour to Gauri’s killing, please give justice to a journalist, a woman and to our sister,” Gauri’s brother Indrajit, flanked by his sister Kavitha, said. “What we want is justice and please don’t add political colour to it, add ideological colour if you want, because she stood for her ideology,” he said. In an audacious attack, 55-year-old Gauri, known as an anti-establishment voice with acrid anti-right wing views, was shot dead by unidentified assailants at her ■ Attorney General KK Venugopal said in the SC: “There is an ment acceptable to both sides. Senior advocates Shyam Divan and Jagdeep Dhankhar were present in the court on behalf of Haryana, while Punjab was represented by senior advocates AK Ganguly, RS Suri and Advocate General Atul Nanda. Much of the work on the canal in Haryana had already been completed and it was only the Punjab part that remained pending. The Bench had earlier directed both states to ensure that there was no agitation on the SYL Canal issue during pendency of the case after Nanda had said a political ABU SALEM LIFE IMPRISONMENT discharges 26 accused and frames charges against rest. SC later discharges Abu Azmi (now SP leader) and Amjed Meher Baux ■ New Delhi, September 7 The Centre today told the Supreme Court that there was a possibility of a settlement between Punjab and Haryana over the vexed Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal issue — a bone of contention between the two states. “There is an atmosphere of optimism.... There is possibility of a settlement. We need more time as the PM is out of the country,” Attorney General KK Venugopal told a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra during the brief hearing. NEXT HEARING ON NOVEMBER 8 students, who joined him in the middle classes, are now in high school, he reveals with pride. “I noticed children in my street whiling away their time playing petty games, skipping school because of poverty. Having gone through the same phase, I empathised with their plight and decided to do something for them,” says Mithun, a final-year student at DAV College. His efforts have borne fruit with his students gradually gaining confidence. Sonia, who is in Class II, wants to be a doctor while Priya intends to be a teacher like her ‘Sir’. Rekha and Tejdeep say they will one day be “the police”. continued on page 12 Police detain Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik from his office in Srinagar on Thursday. PHOTO: AMIN WAR Nabi Sumji at Bijbehara in Anantnag district in the wee hours. Sumji is general secretary of the Syed Ali Shah Gee- lani-led Hurriyat Conference. The agency also searched the houses of Zameer Sheikh and Razzaq Choudhary, aides Jammu: The NIA on Thursday raided the residence of separatist leader Shabir Shah’s aide Choudhary Abdul Razak on the outskirts of Jammu city and seized three arms. Razak, a property dealer, had been closely associated with Shabir since 1990. Razak reportedly claimed the arms were licensed, but failed to furnish any documents. It is believed Razak’s elder daughter is pursuing MBBS in Pakistan. TNS of moderate separatist Shabbir Shah, who is in the custody of the Enforcement Directorate. The offices of chartered accountants of hawala operator Zahoor Watali (who is in custody in New Delhi) and the residences of suspect Line of Control (LoC) traders were searched too. The raids come a day after the NIA searched the business establishments of various businessmen who are part of the LoC trade with Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and seized fixed deposits worth over Rs 1 crore as well as “incriminating material, suspect financial records, property documents and electronic devices”. continued on page 12
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