CMYK www.thestatesman.com MONDAY FIND US ONLINE 04 FEBRUARY 2019 Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR POPE HEADS TO UAE FOR HISTORIC TRIP REPRIEVE AFTER DEATH P6 WEATHER AFTER MIRWAIZ, QURESHI CALLS UP GEELANI MESSI SAVES BARCELONA THE BLUSHES P11 P3 P10 Crisis erupts as CBI, state face off Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature will be around 30 and 15 degrees Celsius respectively. CBI team turns up to question city police chief at his residence, faces off with Kolkata police; Mamata launches sit-in protest RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY KOLKATA, 3 FEBRUARY Max.93% Min. 28% Max: 29.8°C (+3) SUN SETS 17:27 hrs MOON RISES 05.48 hrs Min: 14.7°C (-1) SUN RISES 06:14 hrs MOON SETS 17:02 hrs TEMPERATURE New moon today THUMBNAILS India celebrate winning the ODI series following the fifth one-day international (ODI) cricket match between New Zealand and India in Wellington on Sunday. AFP Biggest series win: India claimed their biggest series win on New Zealand soil, overcoming a disastrous start to earn a hard fought 35-run win in the fifth ODI in Wellington Sunday. The 4-1 scoreline is the best that india have achieved in New Zealand across formats since they stated touring the country in 1967. Venezuela crisis: Venezuela's opposition leader called on more members of the military to abandon the country's socialist government following the defection of a high-ranking general, while President Nicolas Maduro proposed holding early National Assembly elections that could potentially oust his challenger. There is evidence against him (Rajeev Kumar). He has been instrumental in causing destruction of evidence and obstructing justice full-blown crisis erupted this evening after a CBI team turned up at the Kolkata police commissioner (CP) Mr Rajeev Kumar's house, ostensibly to question him in connection with a chit fund cases, and a showdown ensued with Kolkata Police personnel who took some of the CBI officers to Shakespeare Sarani Police Station. Throwing her weight behind the city police chief, chief minister Mamata Banerjee immediately rushed to the Loudon Street residence of Kumar and later in the night launched a sit-in demonstration at Esplanade in central Kolkata to protest against the Centre’s misuse of institutions. A late report said the state Governor has recommended imposition of Central Rule in the state. A day after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) claimed that Kumar had been “absconding” and “being looked for” in connection with Saradha and Rose Valley ponzi scam cases, a 40-odd team of the agency’s officers turned up at his residence this evening but they were stopped by sentries and officials. Soon, a team of Kolkata Police officers rushed to the spot to speak to the CBI officials and sought to find out they had the required warrants to question Kumar. “We don't want to speak A Constitutional coup, says CM NAGESWARA RAO STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Chief minister Mamata Banerjee started a sit-in demonstration tonight at Esplanade in the city, protesting against the Centre’s “misuse of institutions”, after some CBI officers tried to enter the home of Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, seeking to question him in connection with a chit fund case. Miss Banerjee told mediapersons she is launching the protest to save the country and the constitution. Earlier, Miss Banerjee reached the residence of Mr Kumar after the CBI officers tried to gain entry into his house. She is said to have conducted a meeting inside the house that mayor Firhad Hakim joined later. The CM, after emerging from Mr Kumar’s residence, said “The Modi-Shah government at the Centre has launched a direct attack on the Constitution, its institutions and on democracy. It is becoming a habit of the BJP government to misuse institutions for selfish purposes. Before every election, the CBI is being sent after the Opposition parties to level false charges of corruption on them. All this is being done at the instructions of the national security advisor, Ajit Doval, who is in turn acting on the instructions of Narendra Modi. The BJP is losing to us politically INTERIM CBI DIRECTOR CBI officers leaving Shakespeare Sarani police station in Kolkata on Sunday evening. BISWAJIT GHOSHAL on this issue as of now. Let's see what happens. Please wait for sometime,” a senior CBI official standing outside the Police Commissioner's house, told reporters. A large contingent of senior officers from Lalbazar, reached the spot to confront the CBI officers. The CBI officers were then forcibly taken to the nearby Shakespeare Sarani Police Station, though they were later allowed to go. Mr Praveen Tripathi, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) told news persons that the CBI officers had only told them that they had come on a “secret operation” but could not show any documents in support of their claim. On being informed about the development, chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who had earlier extended her support to Kumar and alleged that the BJP was “misusing power to take control of the police and all other institutions”, reached the spot. Meanwhile the interim CBI chief, Nageswara Rao, told news agency ANI: “There is evidence against him (Rajeev Kumar). He has been instrumental in causing destruction of evidence and obstructing justice.” Miss Banerjee, in a Press conference, said “ law and order is a state subject and SIT has been formed by the state government headed by Mr Rajeev Kumar. It was the officers of the SIT who arrested the chit fund defaulters and under a judicial commission, headed by a retired judge, we have returned about Rs 300 crore to the investors of the chit fund. The CBI was not doing anything for all these years since the case started in 2013. Now when one month is left for Lok Sabha polls, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the National Security advisor Ajit Doval are sending CBI to harass democratically elected government.” The Joint Director CBI, Pankaj Srivastava is reported to have said,” The way the CBI team today reached the Police Commissioner's house to interrogate him, they will do it again. The next time they will go along with the Central Forces.” Police reinforcements from Bidhannagar police commissionerate had been deployed at the CGO complex, while a huge contingent from Bhawanipore police station was deployed at the residence and office premises of the CBI joint director. In apparent response, a CRPF contingent has been deployed at the CBI CGO complex at Nizam Palace and at Salt Lake. Kumar, a 1989-batch IPS officer of West Bengal cadre, did not attend a meeting with Election Commission officials who had gone to Kolkata to review election preparedness. A statement was issued Sunday from Kolkata Police, dismissing reports that he was missing from work. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 3 FEBRUARY Vintage and classic beauties outshine winter sun SOUMYADIP MULLICK/ NISHAT NIZAMI KOLKATA, 3 FEBRUARY Modern-day automobiles took a back seat, so to speak, as vintage-era cars and motorcycles ruled the streets of Kolkata for a few golden hours on Sunday morning as The StatesmanVintage and Classic Car Rally celebrated its Golden Jubilee. A total of 191 participants were part of this year's rally, which got to see vintage beauties such as a 1912 Standard Coventry and 1919 Crossley, both owned by Pramod Kumar Mittal, a 1913 Gebruder Stoewer owned by Ananda Chowdhury, 1937-38 Rolls Royce owned by Suraj Kumar Kamani and others, a 1961 Vespa VBA owned by Lt-Col Nitin Sreshtha, a 1962 Triumph Spitfire owned by Saikat Dutta, among others. The winter morning provided a perfect setting as the vehicles shone, reflecting the loving care and maintenance by their owners who walked an extra mile to give the vehicles the last minute polishes that would make each of them stand out from the others. If the automobiles wore their best looks, the owners were in the best of their attire, with some dressed in period costumes for the fancy dress competition. A pink 1970 Volkswagen owned by Ms Brinda Ganguli Sarkar and driven by Mrs Sudakrishna Mukherjee, both of whom had dressed up in pink, made a mark. The rally was flagged off at 8:45 a.m and the vintage cars and bikes rolled out on the city’s roads. As the vehicles drove past the gawking crowds, the roads became selfie zones. Onlookers, including traffic sergeants and pedestrians, clicked pictures and shot videos to share with their friends and family. A pedestrian tried to stop an Austin car near Purna Cinema Crossing to be able to click some pictures. Similarly, an elderly spectator who was filled with joy to see history come alive, saluted the drivers of the vehicles. While the journey of the vehicles remained mostly smooth, a 1926 Red Austin and a 1947 Wolseley faced some issues due to overheating of the engines. Despite that, the 1947 Wolseley bagged an award in the newest category (Heritage) of the event. Speaking at the event, Mr Ravindra Kumar, editor and managing director, The Statesman, said “ This rally that started long back, has reached its 50th year. It is indeed a special occasion for us. I have a long list of people to thank that includes the vintage owners and all officers and ranks of the Indian Army who have been helping us with all the required logistics for the event. Despite a political rally being held today in the city, the Kolkata Police has extended all support from their side to ensure the vehicles move safely through the designated routes.I also extend my gratitude towards the chief judges who play a pivotal role in the vintage rally selection every year.” Mrs Antara Kumar distributed the awards. Modi pledges to wipe out terror in Kashmir STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 3 FEBRUARY Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that his government was committed to making Kashmir terror free. Terrorism will be strongly dealt with, he said. Modi made the statement at a massive rally near the international border at Vijaypur in the Samba district of Jammu and again at a gathering in Srinagar. He also flew to Leh to launch and lay foundation stones for projects worth about Rs.45,000 crores. Among other projects, he laid foundation stones of two All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Vijaypur in Jammu and Awantipura in Kashmir that would double the MBBS seats in the state. Earlier, he launched the University of Ladakh, which is the first ever cluster university in Ladakh region. This was Modi’s first visit to Jammu and Kashmir after the BJP withdrew support to Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP in June last year. Modi said that his government was committed to rooting out terrorism and making Kashmir once more a peaceful tourist destination. Paying tributes to soldiers martyred in anti-terrorist operations, including Nazir Ahmad Wani and Aurangzeb, he said that J&K youth like these soldiers show the entire country how to live for the nation. The government will stand with family of each martyr, he said. He said that the government was constructing about 14,000 bunkers along the international border and Line of Control where residents were frequently facing unprovoked firing by Pakistan. Speaking about atrocities on Hindus in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, Modi said “our government has brought a proposal to amend the citizenship law. These are part of the resolution by which we will stand with all the people who were part of India and have separated from us by the circumstances of the Partition in1947”. Modi in his public meetings and interactions at Jammu, Srinagar and Leh launched a frontal attack on the Congress. He said that the previous Congress governments had the tendency to ignore the necessities and sentiments of the country. Citing the Kartarrpur corridor, he said, had they paid attention, then the land of Guru Nanak Dev would have been a part of India. Modi attacked the Congress governments that recently dislodged the BJP and came to power in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh and also in Punjab and accused them of “fooling” the farmers by announcing loan waivers that he said have proven to be just a hoax. "The Congress party gets the fever of a loan forgiveness as soon as the elections are near, once in 10 years," said the PM. He said that the intention of Congress has never been about freeing debts of farmers. But in the name of farmers, the Congress has always filled the pockets of intermediaries. For the first time in 70 years of the country's history, the BJP government has made a provision under which more than 12 crore small farmer families, who have land of up to 5 acres, will now get Rs 6,000 every year in their bank accounts. “We have left behind the culture of delays and corruption”, he said. Referring to the recent panchayat elections in J&K, Modi complimented the people for peacefully holding these elections in which about 74 per cent votes were cast. Taking about the emotional issue of the Kashmiri Pandits who were hounded out of the CMYK valley, Modi said, “the BJP government is committed to preserving the rights of the Kashmiri Pandits, the displaced Kashmiri brothers and sisters, and is devoted to their dignity and pride”. The PM also listed the projects that have been taken in hand to enhance connectivity in the state by laying a network of roads, bridges and tunnels. Earlier in the morning, Modi was given a warm reception in -13 degrees Celsius weather at Leh. He said that the new terminal at the Leh airport would improve the facilities and once the Bilaspur-Manali-Leh rail line is completed, the distance from Delhi to Leh will be reduced. It will also benefit the tourism sector. He said that the government was taking steps to further promote tourism in Ladakh where five new trekking routes have been thrown open and the Protected Area Permit's validity has been increased to 15 days from 7 days at present. I run an administration and it is my personal responsibility and duty to protect the members of the administration. We respect the Central agencies but they should show us the same amount of respect MAMATA BANERJEE BENGAL CHIEF MINISTER and hence resorting to misuse of institutions like CBI. How can they enter the home of a CP without an arrest warrant?” “I run an administration and it is my personal responsibility and duty to protect the members of the administration. We respect the Central agencies but they should show us the same amount of respect. Today's incident points to a complete breakdown of constitutional machinery. Peo- ple in Bengal will not tolerate such injustice. “The BJP will be slapped in a democratic way through the election. We have tolerated such excesses committed by the CBI before, including putting Sudip Bandhopadhyay in jail.What about BJP members such as Babul Supriyo and Locket Chatterjee who were also involved in chit fund cases?Why have they been spared? It is a selective attack,” she said. She added,“I will urge all the Opposition parties to protest against this unjust muscle flexing of the Centre. I will immediately start a sit-in demonstration near the Metro channel. Tomorrow we have our state budget and I will conduct the cabinet meeting there.” Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav called up Miss Banerjee to extend their solidarity. 6 killed, over a dozen injured as express train derails in Bihar STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE PATNA, 3 FEBRUARY At least six passengers were killed and several others injured after a superfast express train jumped the rails in Bihar in the wee hours today. Angry villagers later pelted stones on the rescue teams over alleged delay in launching rescue operations. Authorities said the Seemanchal Express was on the way to Delhi when 11 coaches of the train derailed in Vaishali district of Bihar early on Sunday morning, apparently due to cracks in the railway tracks. The majority of passengers were still sleeping in their berths when the accident took place. The derailed coaches include one AC coach, three sleeper coaches, one general coach and six more. The deceased have been identified as Ilcha Devi (66), Indira Devi (60), Shamsuddin Alam (26), Ansar Alam (19), Shaida Khatoon (40), Sudarshan Das (60), the Government Railway Police (GRP) said. Local villagers said they were sleeping when they were woken up by a crackling sound and immediately rushed in the direction it came from. On reaching the spot, they found several railway coaches off the rails and passengers crying for help. The villagers went to the rescue and saved many passengers. Many of the passengers were also given shelter in the homes of the local villagers. But for their timely help, the casualty figures would have gone higher, witnesses said. The Railways in the meanwhile announced a compensation of Rs 5,00,000 to the kin of every deceased and Rs 1,00,000 to seriously injured passengers. The Railways would also bear all the medical expenses for the treatment of the injured passengers. The Railways had earlier said that seven people died in the accident. However, it issued a clarification later, putting the death toll at six. Railway minister Piyush Goyal expressed profound grief over the incident and wished speedy recovery of those injured in the accident. Authorities have also ordered a probe into the accident. According to a railways spokesperson, Rajesh Kumar, Commissioner of Railways Safety (Eastern Zone) Latif Khan has been asked to conduct an inquiry into the accident. The point of inquiry will be if the tracks cracked due to pressures or there was a conspiracy behind it, reports said.
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