SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 26 AUGUST 2017 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16+4 |`3|LC KOLKATA|NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ‘DEGREE BASIC QUALIFICATION FOR A TEACHER’ P9 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with possibility of light rain. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 34 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.89% Min.61% Max: 35.3°C (+2) SUN RISES 05:57 hrs MOON RISES 11.01 hrs Min: 28.0°C (-2) SUN SETS 18:49 hrs MOON SETS 21:56 hrs TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS India's Sindhu Pusarla (L) with China's Sun Yu after her win in the women’s single quarter final match during the 2017 World Badminton AFP Championship in Glasgow on Friday. REPORT ON PG 15 Samsung heir sentenced to 5 years in prison: A South Korean court on Friday sentenced Samsung Electronics vice chairman Lee Jaeyong to five years in prison, finding him guilty of bribery and embezzlement in a massive corruption scandal that led to the ouster of former President Park Geun-hye. Lee, 49, is believed to have been involved in Samsung's provision of 7.2 billion won ($6 million) in bribes for the equestrian training of the daughter of Park's longtime friend and PG 12 confidante Choi Soon-sil. Nilekani's promise: Mr Nandan Nilekani, who returned as the chairman of Infosys after founders staged a dramatic coup, on Friday moved to allay investors and employee concerns, saying he will focus on putting in place a long-term governance structure, bring stability and repair relations with “valued iconic” founder NR Narayana Murthy. Hiring a new chief executive to replace Vishal Sikka will be at the top of Mr Nilekani's agenda as also would be examinPG 11 ing governance issues. 89 killed in fresh violence in Myanmar: At least 12 security personnel and 77 insurgents were killed on Friday as Rohingya militants besieged border posts in northern Rakhine State. The state is bisected by religious hatred focused on the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority, who are reviled and perceived as illegal immigrants in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. It is said to be the highest declared single day toll since fighting broke out in 2016. Privacy order to have some bearing on beef matters: Apex court NEW DELHI, 25 AUGUST The Supreme Court today said that the landmark judgement declaring right to privacy a fundamental right would have "some bearing" in matters relating to slaughter of cows, bulls and bullocks in Maharashtra. The apex court observed this while hearing a batch of appeals filed against the high court verdict decriminalising the possession of beef in case of animals slaughtered outside the state. A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan was told by senior advocate Indira Jaising, representing some of the petitioners, that after yesterday's privacy verdict by a ninejudge constitution bench, the right to eat food of one's choice was now protected under privacy. Bombay HC had on 6 May last year struck down sections 5(D) and 9(B) of the Maharashtra Animals Preservation (Amendment) Act, 1995.While section 5(D) criminalises possession of flesh of cows, bulls or bullocks, slaughtered outside Maharashtra, section 9(B) imposed burden on the accused to prove that meat or flesh possessed by him/her does not belong SNS to these animals. THAI EX-PM YINGLUCK SKIPS COURT STALIN DEMANDS TRUST VOTE P10 FARAH WINS FINAL TRACK RACE P15 P13 30 dead as Dera followers go berserk Widespread violence erupts in Haryana and adjoining states and Delhi after CBI court convicts Dera chief in rape case Security cover for Panchkula judges STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE PANCHKULA, 25 AUGUST T he special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Friday convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim for raping two female followers. Soon after the conviction violence erupted and spread to surrounding states, killing at least 30 and injuring 250. The court of special CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh has found the Dera chief guilty under Sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). However, the quantum of sentence would be announced on 28 August. Meanwhile, Gurmit Ram Rahim has been taken to Rohtak in a chopper where he would be kept at guest house of Sunaria jail. According to the sources, keeping in view the sensitivity of the matter and the law and order situation, the court may opt for video conferencing for the proceeding on August 28, when quantum of sentence is to be announced. Under tight security arrangements, Gurmeet Ram Rahim was brought to the CBI Court in Panchkula by road on Friday afternoon. Soon after the news relating to the conviction of Dera chief, several thousands of his followers camping in middle of Panchkula city, hardly SHIV RAWAL CHANDIGARH, 25 AUGUST Protesters burnt cars and toppled OB vans at Panchkula on Friday. (R) Dera chief on his way to court: PARDEEP SAINI one kilometer from the court premise, clashed with security forces. The protesting followers started pelting stones at security personnel while burning vehicles and damaged government properties. Initially, tear gas was fired to disperse the followers, but, when the situation going out of control, the security personnel had to use bullets. Till Friday evening, scores were reported dead while more than 150 persons, including, security personnel were reported injured in the incident. The protestors set numerous vehicles and properties in nearby places. After hearing the arguments from sides, the special CBI court on August 17 has adjourned the matter till August 25. Sirsa based sect head was booked by the CBI in 2002 for the allegedly sexually exploiting the female followers at Dera. The case was registered on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court after anonymous letters were circulated about alleged sexual exploitation of female followers. The letters alleged that the female followers were raped by the Dera chief. The Central probing Prez, PM and Oppn condemn violence STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 25 AUGUST Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned the widespread violence that erupted in the wake of conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case on Friday. PM Modi appealed to the people to maintain peace. "The instances of violence today are deeply distressing. I strongly condemn the violence and urge everyone to maintain peace," PM Modi said. "The law and order situation is being closely monitored. I reviewed the situation with the NSA (National Security Advisor) and Home Secretary," the PM said. PM Modi also said that he had "urged officials to work round the clock to restore normalcy and provide all possible assistance that is required". President of India, Ram Nath Kovind also condemned the violence while making an appeal to people to maintain peace. "Violence and damage to public property after court verdict is highly condemnable; appeal to all citizens to maintain peace," President Kovind tweeted. The Opposition parties also condemned the violence that rocked north India following the Dera chief's conviction. Expressing her "grave concern and shock" over the widespread violence, Congress president Sonia Gandhi appealed to people to maintain "peace and harmony". Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said : "Violence and brutality have no place in our society. Condemn the rampage and lawlessness in Haryana and appeal to restore peace and tranquility." agency had filed the charge sheet in the said matter in 2007 while the charges were framed in 2008. Verdict came almost 15 years of the registration of FIR against the Dera chief. Reacting to the conviction, Dera Sacha Sauda in a statement said they have been “wronged” and will appeal in a higher court. Curfew in 10 Punjab dists CHANDIGARH, 25 AUGUST Anti-social elements mixed up with Dera followers : Khattar The Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, on Friday said some antisocial elements got mixed up with the followers of Dera Sacha Sauda after the delivery of the verdict by the CBI court in the case involving the Dera chief, resorted to violence and disrupted the peace. He appealed to the people of the state to maintain peace and harmony. Union home minister spoke to Punjab and Haryana CMs to take stock of the situation and appealed to all concerned to maintain peace. MORE REPORTS ON PG 7 Taking serious view of the situation that arose after the violence following Panchkula's special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court convicting Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a rape case, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday directed the Haryana government for immediately providing round the clock paramilitary security to all the Judges in Panchkula. The Full Bench of the High Court comprising Acting Chief Justice SS Saron, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Avneesh Jhingan has directed the state government to withdraw Haryana police personnel and provide para-military security cover to all Panchkula Judges. Apart from this, the HC Bench also directed the government to provide the list of Dera properties as the assets would be attached to compensate the losses caused by the Dera followers after their sect head has been taken in police custody after his conviction the rape case. The decision came after the clashes between Buses, coaches torched in Capital STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 25 AUGUST The Punjab government on Friday imposed curfew, as a precautionary measure, in sensitive areas of 10 districts of the Malwa region which has big high presence of Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) followers. Most of nearly 35 lakh DSS followers in Punjab are in Malwa region which comprises of 14 districts including Mansa, Bathinda and Moga. At the same time, the Chief Minister (CM) Captain Amarinder Singh appealed to the people to remain calm and not to take the law in their hands in the wake of the court verdict holding DSS chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh guilty of rape charges. The CM spoke to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to apprise him of the situation in Punjab. SNS the Dera followers and security forces at Panchkula that left many persons dead, and damaging of vehicles and properties. Apart from Panchkula, violent incidents were also reported at many places in Haryana and Punjab. Haryana Advocate General BR Mahajan informed the HC that property damage and casualties have been reported in Panchkula. The Punjab government also informed the HC about the cases of arson reported from many places, including Sangrur, Malout, Kotkapura and other places. Meanwhile the High Court has asked the governments in both the states to come with all the details pertaining to happenings. The HC would again hear the matter on Saturday. The national capital has been put on high alert and prohibitory orders under Section 144 enforced in 11 districts after the violence in Haryana following the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim made waves here too. The prohibitory orders would be reportedly in force in Delhi till 8 September. Two coaches of Rewa SPAnand Vihar Express were set on fire along with several buses allegedly by the self-styled godman's supporters. Sensing the gravity of the situation, the authorities have imposed Section 144 in the National Capital Region including Noida, Ghaziabad and other satellite towns. According to police, three miscreants were arrested ~ two from Khyala and one from Badarpur ~ for creating chaos in their respective areas. "Reports have been received from North East Delhi's A train which was set on fire following Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s conviction. At Anand Vihar railway station in East Delhi on Friday. SNS Loni Chowk and Jyoti Nagar that two buses were set on fire. Around 4.30 p.m., a PCR call was received from an anonymous person that few people had set one DTC bus on fire near Loni Gol Chakkar," police said. Two coaches of Rewa SPAnandVihar Express parked at the AnandVihar railway station were also set on fire allegedly by Dera followers. "They also created chaos at Anand Vihar bus stand which was later cleared by the police. A DTC and a cluster bus were also set on fire in Jahangir Puri and Nand Nagri areas respectively," said the police. S B K Singh, Special Commissioner of Police, Law and Order, told reporters, "We have put the capital on high alert and have also enforced Section 144. All the DCPs, ACPs, SHOs and police personnel have been asked to look for any trouble-makers. Minor incidents have been reported from different parts of Delhi. We have deployed enough number of police personnel." He added, "Special Forces have been deployed at the DelhiHaryana border. Maximum security is mobilised and police are on high alert." Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik tweeted, "Appeal to all to maintain peace and order. Strict action will be taken against any miscreants for creating any violation."Security at Metro stations and railway stations have also been beefed up. The Delhi Transport Corporation has reportedly suspended its inter-state, night and the DelhiLahore bus services. MORE REPORTS ON PG 3 When the state let us down RAVINDRA KUMAR As Haryana, Punjab and contiguous areas get roiled by violence instigated by supporters of a man convicted of rape, it is necessary to ask an essential question. Did elements of the state invested with the duty of ensuring this did not happen, of ensuring that the rule of law prevailed, do all that they could have to prevent violence that was so clearly on the cards? A Public Interest Litigation seeking directions to the governments of the two states to ensure law and order was before the Punjab and Haryana High Court. A full bench heard it, and shared the apprehensions of the petitioner that matters had got hopelessly out of hand. It issued directions to the government which had ~ wilfully and callously ~ allowed the crisis to develop to take steps to contain it. It directed the Army to be on standby. But it stopped short of taking one extraordinary step ~ directing the CBI court to defer pronouncement of its verdict until supporters of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect, present in violation of prohibitory orders in Panchkula, had been dispersed ~ either peacefully or through use of force. While it is commendable that the Court has now acted with alacrity to attach properties of the sect responsible for Friday's violence, the petition before it on Thursday was a plea for ensuring peace. Sadly despite the Court's intervention, that could not be ensured. Did the Court place too much reliance on the assurance given by counsel for the Dera chief who said that Gurmeet Ram Rahim would tell his followers to go home? Surely, the judges must have been aware that a quarter century ago, counsel for the state of Uttar Pradesh had similarly assured the apex court that no untoward inci- dent would take place in Ayodhya on 6 December 1992. Mobs are potent. They are not amenable to reason. Not even Mahatma Gandhi with his powers of moral suasion could control the mob at Chauri Chaura in 1922. With respect, the High Courtcouldandoughttohave done more especially when it had taken cognizance of the fact that the government wasn’t doing enough. Did the Haryana government do all that was possible to prevent the violence on Friday? The administration of Mr. Manohar Lal Khattar already faces the charge of going soft on the Dera Sacha Sauda because it had sought and received support from the sect in its electoral essay of 2014. Was it enough to impose prohibitory orders and to then do nothing to enforce them? Does the government have so little respect for its own orders? Instead of ensuring there were no unlawful assemblies, the state government turned on the citizen ~ and not on supporters of a man who is today a convicted rapist ~ by shutting educational institutions, blocking internet access, stopping transport operations and, in the ultimate admission of its ineffectualness, directing health department officials to be prepared for emergencies. Surely Mr Khattar, mindful of earlier criticism of being soft on members of the sect, ought to have taken extraordinary precautionary measures. He ought to have done so by making sure the sect’s followers did not congregate. If even on Friday morning, he had reason to believe that the administration would not be able to fulfil its most basic task ~ that of ensuring safety of life ~ he should have moved court to defer announcement of the verdict until he had matters in hand. As matters spiral out of control, it is time to ask when pillars of the state will act to prevent predictable violence. Today, a renegade sect has turned on the police, on public property, on representatives of the media and on the people of India. Tomorrow, they or others could turn with equal or greater ferocity on those pillarsofthestatethatallowthem free run. As someone once said, it may be difficult to choose between right and wrong, but not between right and stupid. Let posterity judge the choices we made in the past few days.
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