CMYK www.thestatesman.com MONDAY FIND US ONLINE 30 JULY 2018 Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P2 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky, with one/two spells of rain/thundershower. Temperature will be in the range of 33-27 degrees Celsius TIBET AN INALIENABLE PART OF CHINA HOW RUSSIA USED CYBER WARFARE TO HELP TRUMP CONGRESS TO BE BACKBONE OF OPPOSITION: OMAR P6 ‘KOHLI’S SO GOOD NOW THAT HE CAN’T REALLY FAIL’ P9 P12 CBI takes over probe into Not afraid to be seen Bihar shelter home case with industrialists: PM PRESS TRUST OF INDIA RAINFALL: 1.8 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Modi launches 81 infrastructure projects for Uttar Pradesh NEW DELHI/PATNA, 29 JULY Max.97% STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE The CBI has taken over the investigation into the alleged abuse of minor girls at a shelter home in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district,even as fresh medical reports confirmed the rape of five more girls, taking the number of minor girls allegedly sexually abused at the home to 34. On July 24, Director General of Police K S Dwivedi had said 29 inmates of the state-funded home had been raped. Muzaffarpur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Harpreet Kaur told PTI over the phone today that fresh medical reports of 13 girl inmates have confirmed that five of them were sexually abused. Two of the 44 shelter home inmates were not presented before the medical board as one of them, a four-year-old mentally challenged girl, was at Madhubani, while the other, who had been shifted to Patna, was unwell, the SSP said. The issue of the alleged sexual exploitation of girls at the shelter home, run by an NGO, was first highlighted in an audit report submitted by the Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai, to the state's Social Welfare Department in April. An FIR was lodged on 31 May against 11 people, including Brajesh Thakur, Min. 73% TEMPERATURE Max: 32.8°C () SUN RISES 05:08 hrs MOON RISES 20.05 hrs LUCKNOW, 29 JULY Min: 26.2°C () SUN SETS 18:19 hrs MOON SETS 06:58 hrs Moon phase: Third quarter on 7 August THUMBNAILS Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi (C) is hugged by her Israeli lawyer Gaby Lasky Sunday, upon her release after an eight-month sentence for slapping two Israeli soldiers. AFP Iram swearing in: Imran Khan will be sworn in as Pakistan's new Prime Minister before the country's Independence Day on August 14, his party has announced as it is trying to reach out to smaller parties and independents to form the next government. The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), led by 65-year-old Khan, has emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly (NA) after the July 25 elections, but it is still short of numbers to form the government on its own. Chinese troops: The India army has downplayed reports about heightened activity by Chinese army in the Doklam plateau and attributed this more to the rotation of troops and winter stocking than a desire by China to strengthen its presence in a region where armies of the two countries were locked in an uneasy 73-day standoff last year. Senior army officers said the Chinese had made no attempt to cross the Torsa nullah that virtually bisects the 100 sq km plateau near the trijunction of India, China, and Bhutan. . Indian prisoners: Over 470 Indians, including 418 fishermen, are detained in Pakistani jails, according to a government report submitted before the country's Supreme Court. In its report, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said 357 Pakistanis were confined in Indian jails. It also stated that due to escalation and suspension of talks between the two countries, the Pakistan-India Judicial Committee on Prisoners had not met since October 2013. auding the Yogi Adityanath government for bringing in industrial investment worth Rs. 60,000 crore in a time span of just five months, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit out at the Opposition, mainly the Congress, for raising questions regarding industrialists and bracketing them as thieves and looters. He said if the intent of an individual was clear he would not hesitate to stand next to any industrialist, Modi cited the example of Mahatma Gandhi who often stayed at the house of the industrialist ( Ghanshyam Das) Birla. Taking his diatribe further, the Prime Minister said he was not scared of being seen with industrialists, unlike those who did not want to be seen in public with them but met them behind the curtains. He rubbed it in further by asking: “Doesn’t every one know in whose aircraft these people travel in?” Modi stressed that industrialists had an important role to play in the country's development and asked why they should be called "thieves" and "looters". L Modi's reference was to the Congress' barbs on Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi. The party has accused the NDA government of being soft on them. The PM, however, emphasised that the wrong doers will either find themselves in jail, or would be forced to flee the country. Targeting the Congress, Prime Minister said, “auron ke khaate mein to sattar saal aaate hain, mere khaate mein to sirf chaar saal hain ( They have to provide answers for 70 years rule, mine is restricted to just four years)”. Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony of 81 projects at the Indira Gandhi Pratishthan on the second day of his visit to Lucknow on Sunday, the Prime Minister described it as a "record breaking ceremo- ny". He said it was no small achievement to get an investment of this quantum, given the hurdles involved in translating "intent to investment". Modi took a dig at the previous regimes and said they neither had the will, nor the intentions to work for Uttar Pradesh's development. The Prime Minister simultaneously congratulated Uttar Pradesh chief ministerYogi Adityanath and his entire team for ensuring a holistic and balanced development of the state. The Prime Minister appeared amused at those who were raising eyebrows or questioning his visits to Uttar Pradesh. He said he was an MP from the state and would come here as many times as he wished as he was one of the people here and not a guest. Modi also invoked former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee who, he said, stressed on speed, sensitiveness and balanced development. When translated in the present NDA government's language it amounted to “sabka saath sabka vikaas”, he said. The Prime Minister said Uttar Pradesh had immense potential for all sectors of industry, including micro, small and medium. Modi waxed eloquent that India has emerged as number two in mobile phone manufacturing in the world and UP's contribution on this count cannot be negated. There are 50 mobile manufacturing units in the state, he added. Emerging as a "policy driven state" is the biggest victory for UP he said. , The Prime Minister during the course of his address to an audience comprising several industrial honchos recalled his visit to Mumbai recently where he held a meeting with the representatives of the corporate sector. Stating that corporate investment in the farm sector was only one per cent, the Prime Minister urged them to increase their investment in the agri sector. NRC final draft to be released today PRESS TRUST OF INDIA GUWAHATI, 29 JULY The stage is set for the release of the second and final draft of Assam's National Register of Citizens (NRC) amid tight security tomorrow. The draft will be published at noon at all the NRC Sewa Kendras (NSK) across the state and applicants can check their names in the list which will include the applicant's name, address and photographs, NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela said. The NRC will include the names of all Indian citizens who have been residing in Assam before March 25, 1971. Meanwhile, security has been beefed up across the state to maintain law and order, with district deputy If a person's name does not appear in the draft then he or she will have to apply in prescribed forms in their respective Sewa Kendras. The authorities will inform them about the reasons for their names being left out. commissioners and superintendents of police being directed to maintain a strict vigil, a senior police official said. Vulnerable areas have been identified by superintendents of police in their respective districts and the situation is closely monitored to prevent any untoward incident, specially those arising out of rumour-mongering. The Centre has despatched 220 companies of the central armed police forces to gear up security in Assam and the neighbouring states. Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal held a high level meeting recently on the NRC draft release and directed officers to remain alert and to help and explain the process of claims and objections to people whose names do not appear in the draft. The chief minister has also directed the officials not to refer any case to the Foreigners Tribunal based on the NRC draft list. Hajela has pointed out that there will be enough scope for claims by people whose names do not appear in the draft and “genuine citizens should not panic if their names fail to figure in the document.” If a person's name does not appear in the draft then he or she will have to apply in prescribed forms in their respective Sewa Kendras. These forms will be available from August 7 to September 28 and the authorities will inform them about the reasons for their names being left out. The next step will be to file the claim in another prescribed form which will be available from August 30 to September 28 next and these claims will be finally disposed of after proper hearing. The applicants can check their names in the draft by visiting their respec- tive designated NRC Sewa Kendra (NSK) which will be available on all working days from 10 am to 4 pm from July 30 to September 28. The applicants can also call 24x7 toll free numbers 15107 from Assam and 18003453762 from outside Assam by referring to their 21-digit Application Receipt Number (ARN). The applicants can also check their names by visiting the NRC website and also through SMS. The NRC is being updated under the Supreme Court's supervision. The first draft of the ongoing NRC process was released on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1, wherein the names of 1.9 crore of the 3.29 crore applicants were incorporated. Army whistleblower reveals hidden killings YAMBEM LABA Lt-Col Dharamvir Singh, a para commando officer, was ‘arrested’ in front of his wife and two children on 1 July. He was released after his wife filed a Habeas Corpus petition IMPHAL 29 JULY The cat is finally out of the bag with a Lieutenant Colonel of the Indian Army turning whistle blower and revealing details of many custodial killings by the security forces to Manipur High Court in the form of an affidavit filed yesterday. Lt-Col. Dharamvir Singh (photo, in red beret) was filing his reply after he was uncemoniously abducted/arrested by personnel of the Indian Army recently. His wife Ranju Singh had filed a Habeas Corpus Case in Manipur High Court and he was subsequently released. In the affidavit it was also mentioned as to how Army personnel had released an arrested lady after taking an amount of Rs. 1 crore as hush money. In the affidavit that was filed before Manipur High Court yesterday the Lt-Col. had stated as to how three Manipuri youths ~ Phijam Naobi, R.K. Ranel and Th Prem ~ were “arrested” by the group called the Counter Intelligence and Surveillance Unit in 2000, a cloak and dagger unit of the Indian Army then directly reporting to the then GOC of the 3 Corps based in Rangaphar in Nagaland’s Dimapur, and were shot dead behing their unit mess and their bodies dumped inside the jungles in Karbi Anglong area of Assam. A major of the same Intelligence Unit, T Ravi Kiran, who was the second in command of the Intelligence Unit under Colonel G Sri Kumar, had written to the Army's higher authorities and had revealed as to how the three boys were first cap- tured and killed in cold blood. But a court of inquiry conducted by the 3 Corps had absolved all the army personnel in the case. The affidavit also mentioned as to how a PLA leader by the name of G Jiteshwar Sharma, alias Gypsy, then functioning as the assistant publicity secretary of the outlawed Revolutionary People's Front (RPF) of Manipur was also abducted along with an accomplice on 18 August 2011 and subsequently killed and buried behind the unit mess. It also stated how a lady with a child was kidnapped from Dimapur and was subsequently released after she paid a sum of Rs 1 crore in cash. The affidavit also states that another Manipuri youth, Thangjam Satish, was killed in cold blood after being arrested by the Counter Intelligence and Surveillance Unit of the Indian Army's 3-Corps. These incidents had been brought to the notice of the then Chief of Army Staff, General V K Singh, who had ordered an Inquiry against then Lt-General Dalbir Singh Suhag who did his best to brush the matter under the carpet. A very dissatisfied General V K Singh had then ordered a Disciplinary and Vigilance ban on Lt-General Suhag Singh and the man who was made to sign that letter was Brigadier L I Singh a Manipuri by birth and a war hero, having accounted for 57 Pakistanis killed during Operation Parakram in the Post Kargil Operation. By a twist of fate General V K Singh could not get his tenure extended and General Bikram Singh later became the COAS and Lt-General Dalbir Singh Suhag came next in line. And one of the first tasks which General Bikram Singh as the COAS carried out was to remove the Disciplinary and Vigilance Ban on General Suhag paving his was to eventually become the COAS of the Indian Army. But the duo did not stop then and now began targeting Brigadier L I Singh and on a trumped up charge of having taken away with him two carpets measuring 3x5 feet whilst he was commanding a Brigade in the Sikkim area, he was kept under a Disciplinary and Vigilance ban, almost ensuring an end to his otherwise illustrious career in the Indian Army. His case is still pending before the Armed Forces Tribunal which had kept its ruling in reserve, But that apart, Lt.Colonel CMYK Dharamvir, too had tried convincing the Army higher ups over the wrong killings of the three Manipuri boys in 2000. He had written a letter in September 2016 about the notorious unit's involvement in the killing of the three youths but he was persuaded by the Army authorities that his complaint will be looked into and was made to withdraw his complaint. This para commando officer was serving with this "rogue" unit of the Army when the three boys were killed. The case of the killings went up to Gauhati High Court which had ordered a re-investigation into the killing of the three Manipuri boys and to submit their post mortem examinations records. Perhaps it was out of fear that Lt-Colonel Dharamvir will spill some more beans, causing further embarrassment to the Army, that they tried to silence him by abducting him in front of his wife and two children in Imphal on 1 July, prompting his wife to first file an FIR with Manipur Police and thereafter to move Manipur High Court. Police dig up the ground at the shelter home after it was alleged that an inmate was beaten to death and her body buried. No evidence in this regard has been found. FILE the owner of the NGO which ran the governmentfunded shelter home for destitute girls. On 26 July, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar recommended a CBI inquiry into the matter. The opposition parties in the state ~ RJD, Congress and CPI(ML) ~ had sought a probe into the case by the CBI with the high court monitoring it. The CBI has taken over the investigation, an official said today. The SSP said a Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) team, which had already visited the place earlier, was called again to visit the shelter home yesterday. A magistrate, videographers and a team of doctors accompanied the FSL team in light of allegations levelled by the inmates that they were administered drugs at the shelter home, Kaur said. The doctors have seized some drugs from the room where the girls had their weekly check ups. The team is likely to submit its report in this regard tomorrow, she said, adding that Muzaffarpur Zone Inspector General Sunil Kumar and Muzaffarpur Range Deputy Inspector General Anil Kumar Singh also visited the place yesterday. Police have already submitted a charge sheet against 10 accused persons on 26 July before a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Court, the SSP said. A proclamation notice issued by the special court has been pasted at the house of another accused, Dilip Kumar Verma, who has been evading arrest. Ten out of 11 accused people have been arrested till now. Trai chief’s data not from Aadhaar database: UIDAI PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 29 JULY The UIDAI today said that the personal details of Trai chief R S Sharma being put out on Twitter are not from the Aadhaar database or its servers, and that “so called hacked information” is easily available with a simple search on Google and other sites, without using the 12-digit unique identity number. The UIDAI jumped into the debate following a full blown war of words on Twitter between Trai chairman RS Sharma and some users over the potential of the Aadhaar number being misused. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman yesterday shared his Aadhaar number publicly, challenging anyone to show how mere knowledge of the number can be misused to harm him. The move had triggered a tsunami of tweets with Twitterati claiming to have obtained Sharma's personal details ~ from PAN to mobile number. In a statement today, the UIDAI said: “...any information published on Twitter about the said individual...RS Sharma was not fetched from Aadhaar database or UIDAI's servers. “In fact, this so-called 'hacked' information (about Sharma's personal details such as his address, date of birth, photo, mobile number, e-mail, etc.) was already available in the public domain as he (was) a public servant for decades and was easily available on Google and various other sites by a simple search without Aadhaar number.” Rubbishing all claims that Sharma’s personal details were dug up using his Aadhaar number, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said it “condemns such malicious attempts by few individuals to malign the world's largest unique identity project - Aadhaar”. Many users had claimed that they got Sharma's personal details “by hacking Aadhaar database”, but the UIDAI said such a claim was “farce” and that no such information about Sharma has been fetched from either its servers or Aadhaar database. The Aadhaar database is safe, the UIDAI added. “This is merely cheap publicity by these unscrupulous elements who try to attract attention by creating such fake news,” it said. Anyone can google or tap other sources and find out Sharma's personal details without Aadhaar, UIDAI said, pointing out that the Trai chief’s mobile number is available on the NIC website as he was, at one point, the IT secretary. Similarly, other details like date of birth are available in the civil list of IAS officers kept in public domain, while his address is on Trai website given his current role. The email id may be available in public domain too, it added. ”They clubbed all these inputs and claimed that they have managed to breach Aadhaar database and got his personal details, which is completely false,” the statement said. The UIDAI said that given the connected digital world, various search engines such as Google, can throw up personal data “without Aadhaar” and a profile can be made.
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