04072018-TTC-01.qxd 7/4/2018 1:44 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday, july 4, 2018 ! late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 183 | 24 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd SC: States bound to check lynchings, cow vigilantism INSIDE PUNJAB Sacked DSP arrested in drug-rape case Mohali: The Punjab State Crime Cell arrested sacked DSP Daljit Singh Dhillon and secured his fourday remand from a local court here on Tuesday. A case under Section 376 (rape) of the IPC and the NDPS Act has been registered against him. A Ludhiana woman had accused the dismissed cop of pushing her into drugs and sexually exploiting her. Will list norms to punish accused, compensate victims Apex court: Can’t Tribune News Service 1,500 NATION PILGRIMS STRANDED IN NEPAL Gujarat leader quits Cong, made minister within hours Gandhinagar: Congress MLA and ex-MP Kunverji Babaliya on Tuesday resigned from the party and the Gujarat Assembly and joined the BJP Within minutes, he . was made minister in the Vijay Rupani Cabinet. He may be allotted a portfolio on Wednesday. P7 All eyes on MSP bonanza as Cabinet meets today New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, which will meet on Wednesday, is likely to raise the minimum support price (MSP) for paddy (common grade) by ~200 to ~1,750 per quintal to honour the Budget announcement that farmers would get at least 1.5 times of P7 the production cost. /thetribunechd 2 DEAD, RESCUE OP INTENSIFIED ■ Nepal Police said two Indi- an pilgrims —Narayanam Leela, 56, of Kerala and Satya Laxmi of Andhra Pradesh —had died. Leela died at a hotel after returning from Mansarovar, while Laxmi died in Taklakot Mt KAILASH O VER 1,500 Indian pilgrims were stranded at three locations en route the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra in Nepal and Tibet as rain and bad weather wreaked havoc on Tuesday. 500 STUCK ON TIBET SIDE 550 STUCK IN HILSA MANSAROVAR 525 STUCK IN SIMIKOT TIBET ■ “So far, 250 pilgrims have been rescued from Hilsa to Simikot. Seven commercial flights have so far been operated for the rescue works,” an agency quoted an Indian Embassy official as saying NEPALGUNJ NEPAL KATHMANDU INDIA REPORT ON PAGE 7 INNOCENT LIVES CUT SHORT New Delhi, July 3 Amid rising concerns over incidents of mob lynching in various parts of the country, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said states were obligated to prevent vigilantism and it could not be allowed to happen by the remotest chance. “Whether there is a law or not (against lynching), nobody should be allowed to take law into their hands,” said a threejudge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, which reserved its orders on petitions seeking directions to check violence by cow vigilante groups. CJI Misra made it clear the verdict would cover all types of mob violence. Whatever may be the motive, it remained mob violence, he said. The verdict would cover prevention of such crimes, prosecution of offenders and compensation to victims, the CJI said. “States are under obligation At least 16 cases of lynching on suspicion of child-lifting reported from Tripura to Maharashtra since May 10, leaving 22 persons dead JUNE 22 A man beaten to death in Chhattisgarh’s Sarguja JUNE 28-29 A woman, a hawker from UP and a man hired by the Tripura Government to fight rumourmongering lynched in three districts of Tripura JUNE 8 Two men, on a holiday to Kangthilangso in Karbi Anglong, Assam, killed with bamboo poles and wooden sticks by a frenzied mob JUNE 26 A 40-year-old woman beaten to death by 30 people in Ahmedabad MAY 28 A transgender lynched by a mob of over 500 in old Hyderabad city during Ramzan WHATSAPP WARNED OVER RUMOURS The government on Tuesday directed WhatsApp to take urgent steps to prevent spread of ‘irresponsible and explosive messages’ through its platform amid cases of lynching provoked by posts circulated on the app. The Ministry of Electronics and IT said the Facebook-owned company ‘can’t evade accountability and responsibility’. MESSAGING APP PLANS AWARDS TO CHECK FAKE INFO BACK PAGE and the courts also have to see to it that such incidents are prevented,” said the Bench, which had in September last year issued certain directions, including appointment of nodal officers, to prevent cow vigilante groups from resorting to mob violence against cattle traders. The Bench rejected senior counsel Indira continued on page 7 Ex-Dy CM says defections, split in other parties possible Not keen on govt Amir Karim Tantray will be accompanied by We can’t say when. It National Security Adviser formation: Cong Kuala Lumpur: Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was arrested on Tuesday in a stunning fall from grace, less than two months after losing an election, amid allegations of massive corruption and misappropriation at a state fund he founded. Najib was arrested as part of the new Malaysian government’s probe into 1Malaysia DevelopP13 ment Berhad (1MDB). Jammu, July 3 A day before Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is set to reach Jammu and Kashmir, under Governor’s Rule now, former Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta told The Tribune on Tuesday that the BJP was looking to form a government with “like-minded MLAs” as soon as the situation in the state improves. On his first visit to Jammu and Kashmir after the fall of LAST 16 RESULTS SWEDEN 1 SWITZERLAND 0 SWEDEN EDGE PAST SWITZERLAND ❝ could be before the 2019 polls. No government will be formed without BJP and if need be, we will push for a CM from Jammu. Kavinder Gupta, FORMER DY CM the PDP-BJP coalition government, Singh will review security and hold discussions with Governor NN Vohra. He (NSA) Ajit Doval and is scheduled to pay obeisance at the cave shrine of Amarnath. He will also review yatra arrangements. “Various possibilities are being explored. As in other parts of the country, Jammu and Kashmir, too, is fed up with one family rule and several MLAs are now speaking out against it,” claimed Gupta, who had signed the letter of withdrawal of support to the PDP . continued on page 7 Ruchika Khanna Sweden reached the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in 24 years after Emil Forsberg’s deflected shot earned a scrappy 1-0 win over Switzerland on Tuesday. PAGE 14 SRINAGAR: Ruling out an alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Congress on Tuesday said it was not interested in forming a government in the state with any party in the present scenario. The party also ruled out approaching rebel PDP lawmakers and said Governor NN Vohra should set a minimum time-frame for keeping the Assembly in “suspended animation” to avoid “horsetrading”. PAGE 10 Charge-sheeted in five cases, yet made dept vigilance chief Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 3 Punjab Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu has appointed Rakesh Singla, an assistant director with the department, as chairman of the Central Vigilance Committee (CVC). It’s a regular appointment. Only the officer appointed to bell the cat himself faces misappropriation charges in at least five cases, causing losses up to Rs 85 crore to the state exchequer. The appointment orders were issued on June 22 despite objections by officials in Chief Minister’s office, who pleaded Punjab minister Ashu defends decision, says officer has a lot of ‘potential’ that the minister looked into Singla’s “previous record.” Stoutly defending his decision, the minister claims Singla has been a victim of intra-department politics. “In this department, 90 per cent officers are chargesheeted. I am examining the charges against Singla and the show-cause notices issued to him,” he told The Tribune, stressing that Singla had been appointed CVC owing to his “potential.” When pointed out that having a tainted officer at the sensitive post could raise doubts, the minister replied: “Be rest assured, I will use him to catch other tainted officers in the department”. The Tribune has documents which reveal that Singla was denied permission for premature retirement in October last year on the grounds that he had been charge-sheeted/issued notice in five cases, entailing a financial loss of Rs 85.65 crore to the department. continued on page 7 AfghanSikh widows afraid to return for last rites Days after Jalalabad blast, hold prayer meetings at Delhi gurdwara, seek permanent asylum Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 3 Manmeet Kaur, 41, was having tea with her two young daughters at their rented house in old Mahavir Nagar in New Delhi when a phone call from her brother-in-law shattered her world. She was told her husband Anup Singh Wadhwa (42) had died in the Jalalabad suicide attack. The body was identified by her 16year-old son Dilpreet Singh from the gold ring and kara (bracelet) that he wore. Ter- rified, Manmeet Kaur refuses to return to Afghanistan for her husband’s last rites. “Going back to Kabul would be putting ourselves in the jaws of death,” she says. Her daughter Jasmeet Kaur, 15, wants the Indian Government to grant visa to her brother left alone in Afghanistan. Another Sikh woman, who had arrived in Delhi barely a month ago with her children aged six and two, has also decided not to return for her husband’s cremation. “I can’t endanger my chil- A daughter of deceased Anup Singh Wadhwa in New Delhi. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH New Delhi, July 3 The Supreme Court on Tuesday restrained states and union territories from appointing a police officer “politically convenient” to them as Director General of Police (DGP) so as to avoid favouritism and nepotism in such high-level appointments. A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra directed all states and UTs to send names to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) three months before the DGP’s post was likely to fall vacant. The UPSC would shortlist names of the DGPs and prepare a panel of three names and the state would choose one of the three names in the panel. There would not be any appointments continued on page 7 MAP NOT TO SCALE On Rajnath J&K visit eve, BJP talks govt CBI wants custodial Tribune News Service Satya Prakash Tribune News Service JULY 1 Five killed in Maharashtra’s Dhule WORLD Ex-Malaysian PM Razak arrested in graft case pick politically convenient DGPs dren’s life,” she says. The grieving families held 13 ‘akhand path’ at a Delhi gurdwara on Tuesday. Taramjit Singh, head of the Afghan Sikh community in India, lost his paternal uncle in the attack. He says the Indian Government must take a compassionate view and grant permanent asylum to the families. There are more than 5,000 Afghan Sikhs residing in West Delhi areas, including Old Mahavir Nagar. This locality houses 1984 Sikh massacre victims who Today’s issue is of 24 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers and four-page Bathinda Tribune. have given shelter to the Afghan Sikhs. Paramjit Kaur, whose family was wiped out in 1984, says having undergone similar agony, they have decided to support the Afghan Sikhs. Seventeen Sikhs were killed in the Jalalabad blast on July 1. Among them was poll candidate Avtar Singh Khalsa and civil society activist Rawail Singh. More than 20 persons were injured. The attack was condemned by the UN. envoybats for Sikh leader p16 edit: collateral damage interrogation of PC New Delhi, July 3 then the interim protection Hours after former Union against arrest granted to ChiMinister P Chidambaram dambaram on May 31. was granted protection from The CBI, represented by coercive action, the Additional Solicitor CBI on Tuesday General Tushar pressed for his custoMehta, said in its affidial interrogation in davit that despite the INX Media graft there being “cogent case, alleging it was and convincing matenecessary as he rial on record” based P Chidambaram remained evasive. on which questions The probe agency made the were put to the former union submission in an affidavit filed minister, he “chose to remain before Justice AK Pathak, who evasive and did not cooperate listed the matter for hearing on with the investigating August 1 and extended till agency”. — PTI 3 Amarnath pilgrims die in Baltal landslide Srinagar: At least three Amarnath pilgrims died and 13 others were injured when a landslide hit Baltal area of Sonmarg, where the base camp of Amarnath Yatra is located, in Ganderbal district, over 100 km from here, on the SrinagarLeh highway on Tuesday evening. Two bodies have been brought to Baltal base hospital. The condition of one of those injured was stated to be critical. Ganderbal SSP Fayaz Ahmad Lone said the landslide was triggered by a flashflood. He said two other pilgrims died during the day due to cardiac arrest. TNS
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