30TT01A.qxd 12/29/2012 11:59 PM Page 1 c m y b 123 vol. 132 no. 361 city edition* | sunday, december 30, 2012 chandigarh | new delhi | jalandhar | bathinda | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 40 pages | ~5.00 The Tribune Yearend Special 2012 YEAREND SPECIAL YEAR OF SURVIVAL The Tribune presents a perspective on issues, personalities and events that shaped the year in a special 16-page colour supplement today. Please note that there will be no issue of Spectrum today — Editor-in-Chief Sunday Specials 2013 Looking Ahead Even as 2012 ends on a distressing note with the death of the 23-year-old rape victim, the country hopes for a better world in the New Year. Here’s a look at what people in public life see 2013 P11,12,13 ushering in CRY for freedom When even the law and its delivery system expect the woman herself to be responsible for her safety, the challenge is to transform the very outlook of society that shackles women KALEIDOSCOPE P14 Gang-rape victim dies; nation in grief NewDelhi, December 29 India today woke up to a heartrending report of the death of the 23-year-old girl, victim of the December 16 brutal gang rape in the capital, spreading a pall of gloom and evoking spontaneous yet peaceful protests across the country. “We are very sad to report that the patient passed away peacefully at 4.45 am (2.15 am IST),” Dr Kelvin Loh, chief executive officer of the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, said in a statement on Saturday. Her family and officials from the Indian High Commission were by her side. After conducting a postmortem examination, the body was flown back home by a special plane. The Delhi Police added murder to the list of charges in the FIR against the six suspects arrested for the alleged crime in a moving bus. The sad tidings plunged the nation into grief with people and personalities in various towns and cities mourning the death of a person whom President Pranab Mukherjee described as “one who symbolises the best of Indian youth and women and who fought till the very last minute for her dignity and her life”. The President led the nation in paying tributes to the courageous girl and conveying condolences to the bereaved family. He assured that her death would not be in vain and to do everything possible to ensure that such an Himachal Vigilance’s recordings to be analysed outside state Pratibha Chauhan Police circles aflutter Tribune News Service Shimla, December 29 A special team of forensic experts from outside Himachal Pradesh will help in retrieving and analysing recordings contained in the hard discs seized from the CID and Vigilance cells, causing a flutter among the state’s top police officers who were close to the previous BJP regime. Its report will be sent outside the state for a thorough investigation. The examination of the 12 computers that were seized from the CID and Vigilance Cells on the night of December 24 and later on December 26 is yet to begin. These are lying locked in a room at the state Forensic Science Laboratory at Junga waiting for the deputed experts to analyse the recordings. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had in the past accused the previous Prem Kumar Dhumal regime of tapping his and other Congress leaders’ phones. A decision to get a thorough probe done was hastened by attempts of a police officer to delete the recorded conversations in the technical cell of the CID on the night of December 24, a day prior to Virbhadra assuming office as Chief Minister. “Since the expertise and facilities that are required to examine the data contained in the hard disc of the computers is not avail- ❝ She symbolised the best of Indian youth and women and who fought till the very last minute for her dignity and her life. Her death will not be in vain and we will do everything possible to ensure that such an incident never recurs.❞ Tribune news service ■ The move has caused a flutter among the state’s top police officers who were close to the previous BJP regime. The experts’ report will be sent outside the state for a thorough investigation. ■ 12 computers were seized from the CID and Vigilance Cells on the night of Dec 24 and 26 ■ The move is hastened by attempts of a police officer to delete the recorded conversations in the technical cell of the CID on the night of Dec 24, a day before Virbhadra took charge as CM able in Himachal, these will be sent to a laboratory outside the state,” said a senior official. Sending the hard discs to laboratories outside the state will also eliminate chances of political opponents accusing the Congress regime of acting in a biased manner. Senior officials said that care would have to be taken to ensure that vital recordings pertaining to other crimes are not lost in this hunt for political conversations. The CID can record conversations of individuals by intercepting their phones after seeking prior approval from Secretary, Home. However, this is mostly done in cases of suspicion about an individual being involved in some illegal act like drug trafficking or some other crime like murder or rape. DELHI’S SHAME incident never recurs. Vice-President Hamid Ansari hoped this tragedy would “compel us as a people to focus on social norms and practices which are violative of human rights and an impediment to progress.” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said a true tribute to her memory would be if “we are able to channelise these emotions and energies into a constructive course of action”. He underscored the need for a dispassionate debate and inquiry into the critical changes that are required in societal attitudes. On her part, Congress president Sonia Gandhi promised a swift and fitting punishment stating that the nation’s “beloved daughter” would get justice and joined leaders in appealing to the people to remain calm. In the national capital, police beefed up security and erected barricades preventing access to Raisina Hill and India Gate, the scene of violent clashes between the police and protesters last Sunday. Aimed at restricting movement of people, authorities shut down 10 metro stations in the prime Lutyen’s Zone area, but could not prevent assembly by hundreds who braved chilly winds to reach Jantar Mantar, the popular plaza for democratic dissent located a street away from Parliament House. — Pranab Mukherjee, PRESIDENT ❝ This tragedy will compel us as a people to focus on social norms and practices which are violative of human rights and an impediment to progress.❞ — Hamid Ansari, VICE-PRESIDENT People take part in a candlelight vigil in New Delhi to mourn the death of the gang-rape victim. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANAS RANJAN BHUI Swelling in brain proved fatal Cong core group meets ■ Serious swelling in the brain resulting ■ The Congress core group met today for the second time this week to assess the fall-out this incident and the way forward. from the cardiac arrest she suffered a few days ago was an "important cause" that led to the death of 23-yearold gang-rape victim who fought for her life with "great fortitude and courage". ■ Cerebral edema, a condition charac- terised by excess accumulation of water in the intracellular or extracellular spaces of the brain, proved fatal in the case of the paramedic student who was airlifted to Singapore for specialised treatment. ■ The young girl suffered a cardiac arrest on Tuesday night which caused severe injuries to her brain as well. Complications in brain along with multi-organ failure took the life of the victim ■ Tight security in place in New Delhi. Police adds murder charge The Delhi police has added murder charge in the case. It also hopes to file the chargesheet by January 3, 2013.Dharmendra Kumar, Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), said: “We hope to file the chargesheet by January 3. Section 302 of the IPC has been added in the case.” Although the situation is under control, the scale of the protests and the simmering anger against the ruling UPA government for its handling of this incident has unnerved the Congress top brass. ■ The core group, headed by party president Sonia Gandhi, had met last Tuesday at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s official residence to review the situation following the police crackdown on the anti-rape protesters at India Gate. Sonia Gandhi had expressed her displeasure at the police action P2 Paraglider causes mid-air scare for Prez jet Tribune News Service New Delhi, December 29 In an event that has yet again exposed the country’s fragile air defence architecture, a maverick paraglider flew close to President Pranab Mukherjee’s plane, causing a mid-air security scare. The Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots of the Communication Squadron - who fly VVIPs reported the unusual occurrence to their headquarters in Delhi. IAF sources confirmed the incident saying, “It occurred around 10 am yesterday and yes, the pilots have reported the matter.” The incident occurred on December 28 within minutes of the President’s Boeing 737 having taken off from Hyderabad for Chennai. The startled pilots of the VVIP plane noticed a paraglider at an altitude of 4,500 ft and just 300 ft right of the plane. The pilots radioed back to the air-traffic controller (ATC) at Hyderabad if a paraglider was in its knowledge. The ATC at Hyderabad was not aware of the paraglider. Aviation rules do not permit paragliding activity within a distance of 5 nautical miles of an airport. The IAF has been asking for strict rules for such adventure sports and securing of unused airstrips - some 100 littered across the country. Sources said the security lapse has been taken very seriously and a check is on to verify if any IAF or Army radars had picked up the para-glider. The IAF Navy and Army , have radars on its bases which pick out flying objects, but the sweep of these radars does not cover the entire land Pranab Mukherjee Terror threat Abu Jundal had told interrogators about the LeT plan to launch air-borne attacks mass of the country. Unlike northern parts of the country, which are dotted with IAF or Army bases, the southern peninsula lacks that kind of intense radar coverage while the Navy along the coastline remains focused sea-wards. The inquiry will try to ascertain the identity of the paraglider. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will be part of the overall inquiry. India’s air defence’s weakest links are the vast tracts of central India and the Deccan plateau as these have no long-range radar coverage, no air defence guns and almost no unmanned aeriel vehicles (UAVs). Sources said the revelation of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) having trained some 150 fidayeen (suicide bombers) to launch air-borne attacks on Indian cities using motorised paragliders will be kept in mind during the probe. Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, who was deported from Saudi Arabia in June, had told interrogators about the LeT plan to launch air-borne attacks. Jundal was a member of the group that gave telephonic instructions to gun-totting attackers of the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. Jundal told investigators in August that he got to know of the LeT’s plans when he, in 2010, visited what he referred to as the "jumbo jet room". This is the huge house in Karachi where LeT plans aerial and sea route attacks on India. Jundal has talked about 150 parachutes sealed in boxes and said that a man called Yakub reportedly told him about plans to attack Indian cities using the air route. It was in 2010 - ahead of the Commonwealth Games - that Indian security agencies warned of air-borne attacks and the IAF trained the Delhi Police in spotting air-borne objects. Yakub is believed to be in touch with David Coleman Headley - another planner of the Mumbai attacks. Headley, a Pakistani-American, is lodged in a prison in Chicago. All ‘overstaying’ Punjab cops to be shifted in 10 days For better policing Jangveer Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 29 In a major policy decision, the Punjab Police has decided to shift all officers and men who have stayed at any one place for more than three to four years within 10 days. The decision is aimed at taking the force out of the influence of local leaders in the wake of criticism that it has come under pressure to tow the line of Akali leaders and workers. Sources here said the move could result in one of the biggest transfer drives in the force as there are hundreds of officers and personnel who have stayed in one place for as long as 10 ■ Move aimed at curbing influence of local leaders ■ All officers and men who have stayed at one place for more than three to four years to be moved ■ It will result in one of the biggest transfer drives in the force . to 15 years at a stretch. Sources said the transfers were likely to break down the cosy relationships forged by police personnel with local political leaders at the ‘thana’ level and would also take care of allegations of misuse of power by Akali leaders. Special emphasis is being given to ensure “munshis” (clerks) at police stations are not posted in their own area. Police sources said that attempts had been made c m y b earlier to reduce the influence of Akali leaders referred to as ‘halqa incharges’ - by transferring 26 SHOs and 92 police post incharges who had been given district police postings despite the fact that they belonged to the Punjab Armed Police (PAP). This measure was taken in May. Following this, DGP Sumedh Singh Saini recently shifted two senior police officers each in the Commissionerate of Jalandhar, Amritsar and Ludhiana with the same intention. The latest decision - to take action on all long stays - is expected to further limit the influence of political leaders. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal confirmed the development. He said besides ending long stays by officers and men in any one area, he had also told Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs) that they would be held responsible for the actions of all personnel under them. Indicating that SSPs would not be able to take cover under the excuse that a particular officer was close to any political leader, he said, “I have told SSPs if any SHO does not listen to you, suspend him or tell us. We will take action.” The Deputy Chief Minister, who also looks after the Home portfolio, said the SSPs or district police chiefs would have to lead by example. He said SSPs had been banned from taking any police personnel with them upon being shifted from one district to another. This practice had made several SHOs henchmen of SSPs and a medium for corruption. Sukhbir also said that the government had done away with the earlier punishment of transferring men to the Police Lines to punish them Continued on P20 ❝ A true tribute to her memory will be if we are able to channelise these emotions and energies into a constructive course of action. There is a need for a dispassionate debate and inquiry into the critical changes that are required in societal attitudes.❞ — Manmohan Singh, PRIME MINISTER ❝ The incident deepens our determination to battle the shameful social attitudes that allow men to rape women with such impunity. The nation’s daughter will get justice.❞ — Sonia Gandhi, CONGRESS PRESIDENT Hira Lal Sibal passes away Hira Lal Sibal Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 29 Noted lawyer Hira Lal Sibal, father of Union minister Kapil Sibal, today passed away after prolonged illness. He was 98. His mortal remains were consigned to flames with full state honours here at Sector 25. His elder son VK Sibal performed last rites and lit the pyre amid prayers and 21-gun salute. He breathed his last at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. He was admitted to the PGI's advanced cardiac centre on December 21 after complaining of cardiac ailment. Hundreds of dignitaries from all walks of life paid homage to the prominent advocate who remained active in legal profession for more than 60 years. He was known for defending famous Urdu writers, Saadat Hasan Manto and Ismat Chughtai, in a legal trial on charges of obscenity at the Lahore High court in 1945. Union ministers Pawan Kumar Bansal and Manish Tiwari, Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia, Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice AK Sikri, Justice Hemant Gupta, RK Jain, Surya Kant, Jasbir Singh and several senior bureaucrats of Chandigarh and nearby states were among the high profile dignitaries attended the cremation. A legal legend P20
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