19092017-TTC-01.qxd 9/19/2017 1:13 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, september 19, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 154 | 22 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd Shah testifies as Kodnani witness /thetribunechd Rohingya a security threat:Centre in SC Legend lives on 2002 RIOTS:No fresh insight by BJP chief Manas Dasgupta Ahmedabad, September 18 BJP national president Amit Shah appeared in a special CBI court here today as a witness of Mayaben Kodnani, a former minister in the erstwhile Narendra Modi Cabinet and an accused in the 2002 Naroda Gaam massacre, without giving any fresh insight into the case. Shah, who appeared before designated judge PB Desai, told the court that on the day of the massacre — February 28, 2002 — he had seen Kodnani in the state Assembly in Gandhinagar in the morning and later again at the Sola civil hospital on Ahmedabad’s outskirts. Shah said he, however, had no idea where Kodnani was from the time they left the Assembly premises and her appearance at the hospital two hours later. Shah said he also wasn’t aware of her whereabouts once they departed from the hospital around 11 am. The rioting mobs had gathered at Naroda around 10 am on that day and the violence continued till 9 pm. Legal experts pointed out that Shah’s deposition did not support her alibi for the entire day. Shah’s deposition is a major relief for Kodnani, who is said to be feeling abandoned by the party after conviction in one case. Kodnani is the daughter of a staunch RSS man. Observers believe the reason why the BJP president chose to stand by her continued on page 12 Satya Prakash Tribune News Service Medals of the late Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh are carried on the Tricolour after the last rites of the national hero were peformed at Brar Square in Delhi Cantonment on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MUKESH AGGARWAL REPORT ON BACK PAGE New Delhi, September 18 Describing the illegal Rohingya immigrants as a threat to national security, the NDA Government on Monday defended before the Supreme Court its decision to deport them, saying many of them had linkages with terror outfits in Pakistan and other countries. “Many of the Rohingya figure in the suspected sinister designs of ISI/ISIS and other extremist groups who want to achieve their ulterior motives in India, including that of flaring up communal and sectarian violence in sensitive areas of the country,” the Ministry of Home Affairs said in its much-awaited affidavit. Foreigners did not have the right to reside and settle in any part of India, it added. “National security considerations rank the highest on the country’s list of priorities given its geopolitical influence in the region and its vulnerability to cross-border infiltrations due to the porous nature of its borders,” the MHA said. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra posted the matter for hearing on October 3 after Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the government’s affidavit would be filed during the course of the day. Filed in response to a petition by two Rohingya community members against the government’s decision to deport all illegal Rohingya immigrants, the MHA affidavit asserted that such a decision was non-justiciable and should be left to the executive to deal with. continued on page 11 3 of family among 5 shot in Faridabad village Dawood’s brother arrested Bijendra Ahlawat Tribune News Service Relatives mourn in Faridabad’s Palwali village on Monday. PTI Faridabad, September 18 Three members of a family were among five persons shot dead in Palwali village of Faridabad district last night. Eight others were injured in the attack, reportedly in connection with an old enmity over panchayat elections. Twenty of the 27 suspects have been detained, including sarpanch Dayawati and her husband and brother-in-law. The immediate provocation was a tiff over a minor issue. Around 9.40 pm, a member of the sarpanch’s family reportedly opened fire. “An SIT headed by an ACP and five police teams are probing the case,” said Hanif Qureshi, Commissioner of Police. He said around 150 police personnel were posted in the village to maintain law and order. The deceased were identified as Shri Chand (65), his cousin Rajender (60), nephew Ishwar (35) and neighbours Devender (35) and Naveen (30). Dayawati’s husband Virender, alias Billu, and other family members were annoyed with Shri Chand’s family for not voting for her in the last panchayat elections. The two families were not on talking terms ever since. The issue flared up last night after a dispute over parking by a youth from the sarpanch’s family, said officials. The victims’ family claimed that fire was opened after Rajender, running a shop, asked a motorcycleborne youth not to drive rashly. A relative of one of the deceased added that a clash later took place between the two groups, who were armed with sharp-edged weapons and sticks. Mumbai, September 18 Iqbal Kaskar, brother of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim, was tonight arrested by the crime branch of the Thane police in connection with an investigation into an extortion case, the police said. Iqbal was taken into custody from his house in Nagpada area in central Mumbai by a team led by encounter specialist and the anti-extortion cell’s senior police Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar (L) in police custody. ANI inspector Pradeep Sharma. “Iqbal was brought for ques- tioning in connection with an extortion case. After investigation, he was found to be involved in the case and arrested,” an official said, adding: “Some more arrests are likely as five more persons have been detained.” Sources said some extortion calls were made in Iqbal’s name to a Thane-based businessman, who then approached the police. — PTI Today’s issue is of 22 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune.
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