16092017-TTC-01.qxd 9/16/2017 1:22 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday, september 16, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 151 | 28 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd SC: Payfor unnatural prison deaths after 2012 Khattar for CBI probe, govt to monitor Ryan Asks high courts to register suo motu petitions to identify kin of such prisoners, award compensation for 3 months Satya Prakash tral and state governments to JAIL REFORMS: SLEW OF DIRECTIVES stances that lead to a situation Justice Deepak Gupta, said. Sumedha Sharma Tribune News Service Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 15 Noting that “the dignity of the individual is not a plaything for those in authority”, the Supreme Court on Friday issued a series of directions for prevention of suicide and custodial death of prisoners; and compensation for the kin of inmates who died an unnatural death after 2012. A Bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur asked all high courts to register suo motu petitions to identify the kin of such prisoners and award suitable compensation. “It is important for the Cen- Gurugram, September 15 The Haryana Government has decided to monitor the Ryan school management for the next three months even as Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who visited the grieving family of seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur, today recommended a CBI probe into the child’s murder. “Haryana Police acted in the most efficient manner by nabbing the suspect. But the child’s family insists that further investigations be carried out by the CBI. So we have recommended the same. I appeal to the agency to expedite the probe,” Khattar announced. Pradyuman’s father Varun Thakur said he was thankful to the CM for being “sensitive to our pain”. “We have prepared a loophole-free chargesheet. We will cooperate with any other investigating agency that comes on board,” Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar said. Meanwhile, the Haryana Police questioned two more teachers today. One of them was Pradyuman’s class in-charge. She was the first to be informed by a gardener about the boy’s murder. The Class II student was found in a pool of blood, his throat slit, inside the school washroom. He succumbed to his injuries in hospital. Ashok Kumar, the school bus conductor, who is the key suspect, has already been arrested. SEE ALSO PAGE 11 Why not women as school bus drivers, says Maneka Hyderabad: Union Minister Maneka Gandhi has suggested appointing women as drivers in school buses and in the non-teaching staff as part of efforts to ensure children’s safety. She said her ministry could offer funds under the Nirbhaya Fund to train women drivers and helpers. PTI realise that persons who suffer an unnatural death in a prison are also victims — sometimes of a crime and sometimes of negligence and apathy, or both. There is no reason at all to exclude their next of kin from receiving compensation only because the victim of an unnatural death is a criminal,” it said. According to official figures quoted in the verdict, 1,584 inmates died in prison in 2015, which also included 115 unnatural deaths. The top court asked states to study and emulate the “open prison” currently experimented in Shimla and Delhi, respectively ■ MHA to direct NCRB to explain the distinction between unnatural and natural deaths in prisons by October ■ States to appoint counsellors for prisoners, particularly first-time offenders, and study availability of medical assistance ■ Ministry of Women and Child Development to formulate norms for tabulating unnatural deaths in childcare institutes being experimented in Shimla and the “semi-open prison” in Delhi, saying these were “extremely successful”. The order came on a PIL filed in 2013 highlighting the “inhuman conditions” prevailing in 1,382 prisons across India. This is the second ver- dict from the top court. On February 5, 2016, it had issued a series of directions to deal with the problem of overcrowding in prisons. “It must be appreciated by the State that the common person does not violate the law for no reason at all. It is circum- where there is a violation of law. On many occasions, such a violation may be of a trivial nature or may be a one-time aberration and, in such circumstances, the offender has to be treated with some degree of humanity,” it said. “At least in such cases, retribution and deterrence cannot be an answer to the offence and the offender. Unless the State changes this mindset and takes steps to give meaning to life and liberty of every prisoner, prison reforms can never be effective or long-lasting,” the Bench, which also included Citing a National Human Rights Commission report, it pointed out that the average suicide rate among the general public during 200711 was 11 per 1 lakh whereas the average suicide rate in prison stood at 16.9 per 1 lakh, which was over 50 per cent higher. The court asked the Ministry of Home Affairs to direct the NCRB to explain and clarify the distinction between unnatural and natural deaths in prisons and also explain the sub-categorisation of “others” within the continued on page 11 UK subway blast leaves 22 injured Capt boots out, takes Hunt on for ‘bucket bomber’; Scotland Yard calls it a terrorist attack London, September 15 An improvised explosive device (IED) exploded on a packed train at a London underground station today, injuring at least 22 persons in the fifth terrorist attack this year, which Prime Minister Theresa May said was “clearly intended to cause significant harm”. The explosion, on a District Line Tube in the British capital’s southwest, occurred as the train pulled into Parsons Green station. Commuters said they heard a bang and saw a fireball inside the carriage when the “bucket bomb” exploded. Several people suffered facial burns, some reportedly were trampled in the rush to escape. Pictures of a white bucket on fire inside a supermarket bag, with wires trailing on to the carriage floor of the train, went viral. Investigators were examining what appeared to be a circuit board recovered from the scene. Scotland Yard said it was a terror incident. A hunt is on Tribune News Service An injured woman is led away after an incident at Parsons Green underground station. REUTERS for a suspect the British media labelled as the “bucket bomber”. Some reports indicated that the suspect had been identified after investigators reviewed the CCTV footage at the station. This is the fifth terrorism U JOURNEY INTO UNKNOWN An image of the rings of Saturn taken on September 13 and received on September 14 from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft $3.9-billion project helped understand seasonal changes on Saturn Cassini found global ocean on moon Enceladus, giving a push to the theory of life outside Earth Found a hexagon-shaped pattern on north pole and moon Titan’s resemblance to a primordial Earth 4,50,000 A model of Cassini is seen images and 635 GB of data at NASA’s Jet Propulsion produced over 13-year mission Laboratory (JPL) 1997Spacecraft launched | 2004 Began probing Saturn, moons | 2008 Completes four-year mission | 2017 Plunges into Saturn plumes spouting from its surface. Enceladus has become a promising lead in the search for places where life could exist outside Earth. Cassini is a cooperative project between NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency, and was back transport officer Rajmeet Singh Cassini ends13-yr Saturn run S space agency NASA received the final signal from its Cassini spacecraft on Friday, ending a groundbreaking 13-year Saturn mission with a meteorlike plunge into the planet’s atmosphere, transmitting data until the final moment. Cassini, the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn, ended its mission at 11.55 GMT, shortly after it lost contact with Earth as it entered the gas giant’s crushing atmosphere at 1,13,000 km per hour, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said. The end of Cassini’s odyssey, which began with its launch in 1997 and a sevenyear journey to the ringed planet, was met with applause, hugs and tears. “Farewell Cassini. On this eve, in fiery death, Saturn & you are one. VIP (Vaporise In Peace): 2004-2017,” astrophysicist Neil Tyson said. Cassini’s final transmissions are expected to include unprecedented data from the atmosphere’s upper fringe, about 1,915 km above Saturn’s cloud tops. The data took 86 minutes to reach NASA antennas in Australia. Cassini’s final dive ended a mission that gave scientists a ringside seat to the sixth planet from the Sun. The craft’s discoveries included seasonal changes on Saturn, a hexagon-shaped pattern on the north pole and the moon Titan’s resemblance to a primordial Earth. Cassini also found a global ocean on the moon Enceladus, with ice ■ States to emulate ‘open prison’ and ‘semi-open prison’ being launched in 1997. Since it was running low on fuel, NASA crashed it into Saturn to avoid any chance the spacecraft could someday collide with and contaminate Titan, Enceladus or another moon that has the potential for indigenous microbial life. — Reuters Today’s issue consists of 28 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends. incident in the UK this year. But it’s the only one in 2017 in which nobody has died. The previous four saw 36 persons killed. The London Ambulance Service said 18 persons had been taken to hospital and four more had reached there on their own. Prime Minister May, after an emergency response COBRA committee meeting, said UK’s terror threat level remained unchanged for now, at “severe”, the second highest. — PTI Chandigarh, September 15 Within a month of cancelling the controversial appointment of an Additional District Transport Officer (ADTO), Simran Sra, in the Transport Department, the Capt Amarinder Singh government has revoked its decision. The officer’s father, Harmel Singh Sra (now retired), was Additional Transport Commissioner, when he (Simran) was transferred to the department in 2013 while still on probation in the Public Works Department (PWD). On coming to power, Capt Amarinder Singh had ordered a review of all appointments made by the SAD government in the last six months of its tenure. The review found Simran’s appointment against rules, and he was reverted to the PWD. This week, Simran reported back in the Transport Department as Addition- al Transport Officer (ATO) after the Chief Minister allowed a petition from him to revoke the previous orders. A senior functionary in the Chief Minister’s Office cited “political compulsions” behind the reversal. However, sources said there was pressure from the top SAD leadership, and an aide of Capt Amarinder Singh was also approached. As the reinstatement has happened on the CM’s orders, the Aam Aadmi Party was quick to assert that this validated its claim of collusion between the Congress and Akalis. Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Khaira said, “We have been exposing the fixed match between the two for long. This case establishes quid pro quo.” Private transporters have earlier accused Harmel Singh Sra of watching over the transport business interests of the Badal family. continued on page 11 Constable Brijendra Bahadur Singh BSF constable killed in Pak fire along IB Arteev Sharma Tribune News Service Jammu, September 15 A Border Security Force constable was killed in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan as it targeted Indian posts with mortars along the 198-kmlong International Border in Arnia sub-sector of Jammu district on the intervening night of September 14 and 15. Constable Brijendra Bahadur Singh, 32, belonged to Vidya Bhawan Naraypur in Balia district of Uttar Pradesh. He is survived by his wife Sushmita Singh. “The constable was on duty at a forward point along the fence in Arnia sector when Pakistan Rangers opened fire. A bullet hit him in the abdomen and he succumbed to his injuries while being evacuated,” a BSF spokesperson said. Villagers in the sub-sector said the Rangers initially started targeting Indian posts and civilian areas with small arms around 12.15 am and later used mortars. “Intermittent firing continued till 7 am. A few mortars landed close to our house, causing panic in the area,” Ashok Kumar, a villager in Sohagpur area, said. BSF IG (Jammu Frontier) Ram Awtar called the ceasefire violation “an act of frustration”. Pakistan had already been given a “suitable reply” and would continue to get a calibrated response, he said.
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