15102018-TTC-01.qxd 15-10-2018 01:33 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.285 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | monday, october 15,2018 SHUBHANKAR DISAPPOINTS IN FINAL ROUND PAGE 15 INDIAN-ORIGIN MP JOINS REBELS AS MAY’S CHALLENGE MOUNTS PAGE 13 /thetribunechd Two men lynched in UP after they shoot at 12-yr-old boy TENACIOUS Amethi (UP): Two men were beaten to death by a mob after they allegedly shot at a 12-yearold boy during a function at a temple in Saraiya village here, the police said on Sunday. The boy, Sumit, suffered bullet injuries and is undergoing treatment at a local hospital. Dilip Yadav (28) and Rahul Singh (30) were allegedly in an inebriated state, the police said. PTI HM TO BE WITH BSF JAWANS ON DASEHRA PAGE 16 DefiantAkbar won’t Maj Gen, two Cols quit, targets accusers get life for ‘fake kill’ Held guilty by GCM for Manipur encounter #MeToo Says charges false, may take legal action Smita Sharma Tribune News Service Parrikar discharged from AIIMS, returns to Goa Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar arrived in his home state on Sunday from New Delhi, where he was undergoing treatment at AIIMS for pancreatic ailment. Parrikar, 62, was flown in a special flight and later taken to his private residence at Dona Paula, near here, in an ambulance. PTI Govt to fete honest, consistent taxpayers New Delhi: The government is working on an ambitious policy proposal to “facilitate” honest and consistent taxpayers in availing a variety of public services and tax-related works on priority, officials said on Sunday. As part of the larger plan, it is proposed that honest taxpayers are empowered to get “priority service” while using public services at airports, railways stations and at tolls. BACK PAGE late city /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Umesh Yadav’s maiden 10-wicket haul (6/88 and 4/45) helped India complete one of the most ruthless clean sweeps in recent times, demolishing West Indies by 10 wickets in the second Test to clinch the series 2-0. PTI PAGE 14 New Delhi, october 14 Exactly a week since the #MeToo storm hit the government, Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar today refused to quit. Hours after returning from an official visit to Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea without cutting short the trip, a defiant Akbar brazened out allegations of sexual harassment against himself in a statement to the media. “The allegations of misconduct made against me are false and fabricated, spiced up by innuendo and malice. I could not reply earlier as I was on an official tour,” said Akbar as he lashed out at the #MeToo campaign. “Accusation without evidence has become a viral fever among some sections,” he added, threatening to take appropriate legal action against those who have levelled “wild and baseless allegations”. Last Sunday, journalist Priya Ramani first named Akbar in a tweet and identified him as the anonymous male editor she wrote about last year and narrated her harrowing experience with him as a subordinate. “When asked recently why she had not named me, she replied, in a tweet: ‘Never MANAS RANJAN BHUI IN BRIEF ! ‘WITHOUT EVIDENCE’ The allegations of misconduct made against me are false and fabricated, spiced up by innuendo and malice... Accusation without evidence has become a viral fever among some ❝ MJ Akbar, MINISTER OF STATE named him because he didn’t do anything.’ If I didn’t do anything, where and what is the story? There is no story. This was admitted at the very inception. But a sea of innuendo, speculation and abusive diatribe has been built around something that never happened,” responded Akbar. A prominent journalist, Akbar has been editor for leading newspapers. Since Ramani, the junior minister has been named and shamed publicly by some dozen women journalists. One of the most harrowing accounts of sexual abuse was narrated by journalist Ghazala Wahab of the time 21 years ago. Calling the allegations as false and motivated, Akbar said, “It is pertinent to remember that both Ms Ramani and Ms Wahab kept working with me even after these alleged incidents; this clearly establishes that they had no apprehension and discomfort. The reason why they remained silent for decades is very apparent: as Ms Ramani has herself stated, I never did anything.” The minister also questioned the timing of the allegations, linking it to upcoming elections and asking if there is an agenda. “Lies do not have legs, but they do contain poison, which can be whipped into a frenzy,” he said. The Congress, which had asked for Akbar to step aside to pave way for a probe, lashed out at the government. “I wonder how over a dozen women sharing experiences can be claimed as political conspiracy?” said spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi. more on page 7 4 CIVILIANS DIED IN 1994 Vijay Mohan Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 14 About 24 years after an incident of alleged extra-judicial killing took place in Manipur, a Major General and two Colonels are among seven Army personnel who have been awarded life imprisonment by a general court martial (GCM) for their alleged acts of omission and commission, it is learnt. In its verdict pronounced on Saturday, the GCM has also ordered that the three officers be cashiered (dishonourable discharge with loss of service benefits) from service, while the other ranks are to be dismissed, sources said. The GCM’s findings and sentence are subject to confirmation by higher authorities, in this case Chief of the Army Staff. The accused in the case, Maj Gen AK Lal, Col Thomas Mathew and Col RS Sibiren, JCOs Jagdeo Singh and Dalip Singh and NCOs Albindar Singh and Shivendar Singh had maintained that they were not guilty of the charges levelled against them. They have a right to petition the convening authority against the GCM’s sentence and thereafter, depending upon the convening authority’s directions, approach the Armed Forces Tribunal for bail and associated reliefs. ‘I killed them, so what?’ says Behbal Kalan homage by thousands gunman; judge’s wife dead Why the delay in justice, Opposition leaders ask Cong govt at Bargari Ruchika M Khanna G’gram ADJ’s son critical; accused ‘tough nut to crack’ Sumedha Sharma Tribune News Service Gurugram, October 14 Ritu Garg, the wife of Gurugram Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADJ) Krishan Kant, who, along with her son Dhruv, was shot at by the judge’s gunman in a busy market here on Saturday, succumbed to her injuries at Medanta Medicity late in the night. Dhruv’s condition is said to be critical. Sources said the ADJ was in shock and doctors were monitoring his condition. He has not spoken since the gory incident. Meanwhile, accused gunman Mahipal remained evasive during interrogation, showing no remorse for his actions whatsoever. “Yes I killed them, so? I have no remorse,” the 32-year-old Head Constable is learnt to have told the interrogating team, giving the same state- Mahipal being produced in court on Sunday. S CHANDAN ment when produced in court. He has been sent to police custody for four days. “As believed earlier, the shooting does not seem an act of rage, but was wellplanned. The accused is proving to be a tough nut to crack,” the police reportedly told the court while seeking his custody for a week. Commissioner of Police KK Rao refused comment. But an investigating official claimed that a special interrogation team (SIT) had been constituted to question him. The police have reportedly sent teams to Mahipal’s native village in Mahendragarh to check if the accused had a history of mental health issues, such as intermittent explosive disorder which is characterised by explosive outbursts of anger and violence. The police are looking into Mahipal’s post on Facebook the night prior to the killing — some strange scribbling on a piece of paper, mentioning ‘ Pastor Robin’. What has made the police suspicious is that he wrote two words starting with the letters ‘R’ and ‘D’ and then crossed these. The police are also looking into the WhatsApp account of the accused, said sources. More reports inside Tribune News Service Bargari (Faridkot), Oct 14 Thousands of Sikhs on Sunday converged on ground zero of Punjab politics — Bargari in Faridkot district — to pay homage to the two victims of the Behbal Kalan police firing on their third death anniversary. The plethora of political leaders at the “Mahaan Shaheedi Samagam” demanded that those indicted by the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission, which probed the 2015 sacrilege cases, be punished, evoking a thunderous response from the crowds. People from Bargari and nearby villages were seen serving water and langar. Some used hand fans to bring relief to the people from the afternoon heat. Many from far-off places came with langar and milk. Stalls selling Khalistan propaganda material — flags, T-shirts and posters of Bhindranwale — drew a size- The crowd endorses the resolution for action against those indicted by the commission. MANOJ MAHAJAN able crowd. Radical leaders Baljit Singh Daduwal and Dhian Singh Mand repeatedly urged the leaders of various parties not to use the stage to further their political agenda. They, however, were unable to restrain rebel AAP MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira and Akali Dal (Amritsar) chief Simranjit Singh Mann. Khaira said they would not rest until all those behind sacrilege incidents were punished. He demanded that elections to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee be held forthwith so that it could be freed from the “control of a few”. Amidst pro-Khalistan flags and slogans, Mann spoke of the “discrimination suffered by the Sikhs since Independence”. He announced that the death anniversary of militants Sukhdev Singh Sukha and Harjinder Singh Jinda continued on page 7 more on page 2 ■ In 1994, four civilians were picked up for interrogation and three days later, police were informed they had been killed in an encounter after they attacked Armymen ■ Civilian organisations took up the issue and matter finally reached SC ■ Apex court directed CBI to probe, following which a fresh FIR was registered by its Kolkata office A joint trial had been convened for the accused on the orders of the General Officer Commanding, 3 Corps, Dimapur, which began at Dinjan in Assam in late July. Five charges under provisions of the Indian Penal Code, read with Section 69 of the Army Act, for murder and criminal conspiracy have been levelled against them, sources said They have been attached to 2 Mountain Division at Dinjan for disciplinary proceedings. The Maj Gen was, at that time, the commanding officer of a Punjab battalion deployed in anti-insurgency operations in Manipur and one of the Colonels was a company commander as a Captain. continued on page 7 Principal hacked to death in class in Karnataka Bengaluru, October 14 A school principal was hacked to death today by a six-member gang in front of 20 students, for whom he was holding a special class, police said. Ranganath (60), principal of Havanur Public School in suburban Agrahara Dasarahalli, was holding classes for Class 10 students when the gang barged into the classroom and hacked him to death, they said. They later fled in a getaway car, police said. One of the gang members was nabbed from Mahalaxmi Layout area here after a tip-off. The man suffered a leg injury when police fired at him after he attacked them. He was later taken to a hospital and treated. A CCTV camera installed near the school gate has allegedly captured footage of the men barging in through the school gate. Police suspect a land dispute relating to the school building behind the killing. — PTI Emergency plan on air pollution from today Cupid strikes Karnal, huge rise New Delhi, October 14 An emergency action plan will be implemented from Monday to combat air pollution that has begun to show a trend towards very poor category, the Central Pollution Control Board said. Under the emergency plan called Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), stringent actions are implemented based on the air quality of the city. If the air quality lies in the moderate to poor category, measures like stopping garbage burning in landfills and other places, and enforcing all pollution control regu- NASA: STUBBLE BURNING UP SIGNIFICANTLY ■ Satellite images from NASA have shown rampant stubble burning activity in Punjab and Haryana ■ NASA stated that burning of crop residue has increased significantly over the past 10 days in and near Amritsar, Ambala, Karnal, Sirsa and Hisar ■ Burning of paddy straw in October, November and wheat straw during April in Punjab lations in brick-kilns and industries would be implemented, an official said. If the air quality falls in the and Haryana are considered to be major contributors to air pollution in Delhi-NCR ■ In Delhi, smoke mixes with the fog and creates a toxic smoggy winter every year very poor category, additional measures of stopping use of diesel generator sets, enhancing parking fees three-four times and increasing frequency of Metro and buses would be implemented, he added. If the air quality falls in the severe category, additional measures would be implemented of increasing the frequency of mechanised cleaning of roads, sprinkling of water on roads and identifying road stretches with high dust generation. If the air quality falls to severe plus emergency category, measures like stopping entry of trucks into Delhi (except essential commodities), stopping construction activities and appointment of a task force to take decisions on any additional steps, including shutting of schools, are implemented. Currently the air quality is in the poor category but authorities predict that it would reach the ‘very poor’ category in the next couple of days. In addition to GRAP , the CPCB has also deployed 41 teams across Delhi NCR to monitor implementation of norms enforced to prevent pollution at the source. Till October 11, 96 inspections were conducted across Delhi NCR and the inspections would intensify. — PTI Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. in inter-caste weddings this yr Parveen Arora Tribune News Service Karnal, October 14 Call it the lure of Rs 2.5-lakh incentive being given by the Haryana government or the cupid indeed striking intercaste couples, marriages registered under the Mukhyamantri Samajik Samrasta Antarjatiya Vivah Shagun Yojana have witnessed a considerable rise in Karnal district this year. Ninety such couples — one of the partners must be from FIGURE IT OUT *DATA FOR FIRST 6 MONTHS 90 76 47 2018-19* 2017-18 2016-17 the Scheduled Caste — have registered themselves with the District Welfare Office during the first half of the current fiscal, a count that has surpassed the total of 76 inter-caste marriages in 201718 and 47 in 2016-17. District Welfare Officer Surinder Kumar Fuliya said the number of applicants has increased rapidly, particularly after the government hiked the incentive from Rs 1.01 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh around three month ago. Fuliya said eligible couples could apply within a year of continued on page 7
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