CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 01 OCTOBER 2020 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR SHEIKH NAWAF TAKES OVER AS KUWAIT EMIR TYRANNY OF THE MAJORITY P7 Generally cloudy sky. One or two spells of thundershower. Temperature will be in the range of 34-27 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY TEMPERATURE P9 P9 FRENCH OPEN CONFRONTS LEGAL THREAT P12 All Babari case accused acquitted WEATHER Max.99% ISLAMABAD TO PUSH FOR NAWAZ’S DEPORTATION Min. 90% Max: 34.0°C (+1) Min: 27.0°C (+1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:28 hrs 17:28 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 04:48 hrs 17:24 hrs Full moon on 2 October THUMBNAILS A trial run of a heritage river cruise on the Hooghly in Kolkata on Wednesday on the eve of its inauguration. SNS Kashyap summoned by cops: Mumbai Police have issued summons to filmmaker Anurag Kashyap in connection with a rape case filed against him by actress Payal Ghosh, an official said on Wednesday. Kashyap has been asked to appear before the Versova police here on Thursday for further probe into the case registered against him nine days back, the official said. The Versova police registered an FIR against Kashyap on September 22 after the actress lodged a complaint alleging that Kashyap had raped her in 2013. SC says no to plea to put off UPSC exam: The Supreme Court Wednesday refused to postpone UPSC civil services preliminary exam, to be held on October 4, because of Covid-19 pandemic and floods in several parts of the country. A bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar, B R Gavai and Krishna Murari, however, asked the Centre to consider granting one more chance to those aspirants who may not appear in their last attempt allowed for the exam due to the pandemic. Judge says no conclusive evidence to prove accused involved in conspiracy to raze the disputed structure PRESS TRUST OF INDIA LUCKNOW, 30 SEPTEMBER wenty-eight years after the Babri Masjid was razed, a court here acquitted all 32 people ~ including BJP veterans L K Advani, M M Joshi and Uma Bharti ~ accused of being involved in the demolition of the mosque they believed occupied the spot where Lord Ram was born. In a judgment that ran to 2,300 pages with enclosures, the special CBI court onWednesday said there was no conclusive evidence against the 32 accused of being involved in any conspiracy to bring down the disputed structure in Ayodhya. Delivering the verdict on the day of his retirement, special Judge S K Yadav did not accept newspaper reports and video cassettes as evidence. Vandals were responsible for demolition of the disputed structure, the court said, contending there is no evidence to prove that the accused and the unruly elements planned and met each other at any time to hatch the alleged conspiracy. The 16th century mosque was demolished on December 6, 1992, triggering riots that left hundreds dead and widening rifts between the communities. Twenty-six of the accused were present in the Lucknow court when the judge read out the operative portion of the verdict. Former deputy prime minister L K Advani, the then Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh, former Union ministers Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti, among others, had sought exemptions from personal appearance. As the judge pronounced T ‘Commitment to Ram movement vindicated’ NEW DELHI, 30 SEPTEMBER them not guilty, some of the accused chanted “Jai Shri Ram” in the court. As did Advani, a key figure in the Ram temple movement, at his home. The verdict comes less than a year after the Supreme Court's judgment in the related Ram JanmabhoomiBabari Masjid land dispute that paved the way for the construction of a temple at the Ayodhya site. The apex court had called the demolition an egregious violation of the rule of law. But combined with the bhoomi pujan' for the Ram temple only last month, the verdict in the demolition case has come as boost to the Bharatiya Janata Party. It also helps bring the temple issue centre stage just weeks before the party faces assembly polls in Bihar. Iqbal Ansari, a litigant in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babari Masjid title suit, welcomed the verdict. “It is good that all have been acquitted. Whatever had to happen, happened on November 9 last year.This case should also have ended the same day,” he said, referring to the Supreme Court judgment. AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi called the development “obnoxious”. “This judgment satisfies the collective consciousness of Hindutva and its followers and ideology,” he told reporters in Hyderabad. “Was it some sort of magic that on December 6 the masjid was demolished? Who called for the assem- bling of the people over there? Who made sure that they entered over there?” Zafaryab Jilani, senior lawyer and member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), said the verdict will be challenged in the high court. In Lucknow, CBI counsel Lalit Singh said the agency will decide on filing an appeal against the special court verdict after consulting its legal department. Opposition parties said the verdict runs counter to constitutional spirit and the 2019 Supreme Court judgment that described the demolition of the structure as an “egregious violation of the rule of law”. The verdict was delivered on the last day of the final Murli Manohar Joshi (right) after the announcement of the verdict in New Delhi on Wednesday. DEEPAK deadline set by the Supreme Court, which had also extended the judge's retirement age. Charges were framed against 48 people, but 16 have died during the course of the trial. More on Page 5 L K Advani, who was in the forefront of the Ramjanmabhoomi movement, onWednesday said the CBI court verdict in the Babari Masjid demolition case had vindicated his personal and his party's belief in the temple movement. Welcoming the court verdict, Advani said here that it was a ‘significant’ judgment. " I wholeheartedly welcome the significant judgment delivered today by the Special Court in the Babri Masjid Demolition Case. The judgment vindicates my personal and the Bharatiya Janata Party's belief and commitment towards the Ramjanmabhumi Movement," the veteran BJP leader said in a statement. Advani further said he felt blessed that the court verdict came close on heels of another 'landmark judgment' by the Supreme Court on the construction of Ramjanmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya. Advani said that he liked millions of people in the country and now looked forward to the completion of a beautiful Ram temple in Ayodhya. "May Shri Ram keep us blessed always," he said adding, "Jai Sri Ram'. SNS Cinemas can open with 50 per Hathras teen cremated in dead of night, cent capacity from 15 Oct; UP CM sets up SIT amidst outrage states to decide on schools PRESS TRUST OF INDIA HATHRAS, 30 SEPTEMBER STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 30 SEPTEMBER The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) today issued fresh Guidelines to relax the Lockdown restrictions, permitting cinemas, theatres, multiplexes to open from 15th October, with up to 50 per cent of their seating capacity. The guidelines said that Business to Business (B2B) Exhibitions will be permitted to open in areas outside Containment Zones. Other activities being permitted are swimming pools used for training of sportspersons. Entertainment parks and similar places may open. All activities will be subject to standard operating procedures to be decided by the relevant ministry. The relaxations announced today are called Guidelines, and not Unlock-5, according to the MHA. As far as re-opening of schools and coaching institutions is concerned, State/UT governments have been given the flexibility to take a decision after 15 October, in a graded manner. The decision shall be taken in consultation with the respective school/ institution management, based on their assessment of the situation, and subject to the conditions that online/distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged, Students may attend schools/institutions only with the written consent of parents. Attendance must not be enforced, the guidelines said. The Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education may take a decision 80,472 new infections push Covid caseload past 62 lakh SNS & PTI NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, 30 SEPTEMBER India's Covid-19 caseload raced past 62 lakh on Wednesday with 80,472 infections being reported in a day, while the number of people recuperating from the disease surged to 51,87,825 pushing the recovery rate to 83.33 per cent, according to Union Health Ministry data. The total number of coronavirus cases mounted to 62,25,763, while the death toll climbed to 97,497 with 1,179 people succumbing in the previous 24 hours, the data updated at 8 a.m. showed. There are 9,40,441 active Covid-19 cases in the country which comprises 15.11 per cent of the total caseload. The case fatality rate stands at 1.57 per cent, the data showed. 62,25,763 9,40,441 80,472 86,428 97,497 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. WEDNESDAY 30 SEPT 2020 Bengal cases:West Bengal recorded 3,281 fresh Covid cases and 59 deaths taking the total case count to 2,57,049 and death toll to 4,958 while there are 26,332 active cases. Kolkata registered the highest single-day fresh cases with 672 cases and 11 deaths followed by North 24-Parganas with 661 cases and 18 deaths. With 2,954 Covid patients being discharged from hospitals in a single day, a total of 2,25,759 patients have recovered in the state till now taking the discharge rate to 87.83 per cent. on the timing of the opening of Colleges/ Higher Education Institutions, in consultation with the MHA, based on the assessment of the situation. On regulation of gatherings, state governments have been given the flexibility to permit social, academic, sports, enter- tainment, cultural, religious or political functions and other congregations beyond the limit of 100 persons, outside Containment Zones, after 15 October. In closed spaces, a maximum of 50 per cent of the hall capacity will be allowed, with a ceiling of 200 persons. The 19-year-old Dalit woman, whose death in a Delhi hospital two weeks after she was brutally gangraped led to nationwide outrage, was cremated in the dead of the night early Wednesday with family members alleging they were forced by police to hurriedly conduct the last rites. The cremation was done around 2.30-3 in the morning,” her father told PTI, a day after his daughter, who suffered critical injuries when she was allegedly gangraped and tortured by four upper caste men, gave up the battle for life. As political leaders and activists voiced their protest on social media and other platforms over the manner in which the funeral was conduc- Indian Youth Congress workers protest over the Hathras incident at the UP Bhawan in the capital on Wednesday. SNS ted near the woman's home in Hathras, a local police officer said it was carried out as per the wishes of the family. In the moments preceding the cremation of his sister, the teen's brother told PTI from his home, “Police have forcibly taken the body and my father along with them for cremation. When my father reached Hathras (from New Delhi), he was immediately taken (to the crematorium) by the police.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and said strict action should be taken against the culprits, according to the Chief Min- ister's Office. The chief minister also constituted a three-member SIT to probe the case and asked that the trial be conducted in a fast track court. The SIT has been asked to submit its report in seven days, an official said. Recalling the horrors of the Nirbhaya case, the Dalit teen was allegedly sexually assaulted by four men on September 14 and referred on Monday to the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi with spinal injuries, paralysis and cuts in her tongue. She died around 3 a.m. on Tuesday. The men alleged to be involved in the crime are under arrest and will now face charges of murder, according to Hathras Superintendent of Police Vikrant Vir. Purported visuals from the site of the cremation showed flames from what appeared to be a pyre lighting up the sky and heavy police presence with some personnel in riot gear keeping the media at bay. Anguished cries from family members filled the night. Scores of Left and Congress leaders were detained when they staged protests against the Yogi Adityanath government near the UP Bhawan in Delhi, questioning the circumstances and the timing of the funeral. Tagging Adityanath in a tweet, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. said, “RESIGN. Instead of protecting the victim and her family, your government became complicit in depriving her of every single human right, even in death. You have no moral right to continue as chief minister.” Will you shut up Biden tells Trump in chaotic debate ASSOCIATED PRESS CLEVELAND, 30 SEPTEMBER The first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden deteriorated into bitter taunts and near chaos Tuesday night as Trump repeatedly interrupted his opponent with angry ~ and personal ~ jabs that sometimes overshadowed the sharply different visions each man has for a nation facing historic crises. In the most tumultuous presidential debate in recent memory, Trump refused to condemn white supremacists who have supported him, telling one such group known as Proud Boys to “stand back, stand by.” There were also heated clashes over the pres- ident’s handling of the pandemic, the integrity of the election results, deeply personal attacks about Biden’s family and how the Supreme Court will shape the future of the nation’s health care. But it was the belligerent tone that was persistent, somehow fitting for what has been an extraordinarily ugly campaign. The two men frequently talked over each other with Trump interrupting, nearly shouting, so often that Biden eventually snapped at him, “Will you shut up, man?” “The fact is that everything he’s saying so far is simply a lie,” Biden said. “I’m not here to call out his lies. Everybody knows he’s a liar.” The presidential race has been remarkably stable for CMYK weeks, despite the historic crises that have battered the country this year, including a pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans and a reckoning over race and police brutality. With just five weeks until Election Day and voting already underway in some key states, Biden has maintained a lead in national polls and in many battlegrounds. It’s unclear whether the debate will do much to change those dynamics. Over and over, Trump tried to control the conversation, interrupting Biden and repeatedly talking over the moderator, Chris Wallace of Fox News. The president tried to deflect tough lines of questioning ~ whether on his taxes or the pandemic ~ to deliver broadsides against Biden. The president drew a lecture from Wallace, who pleaded with both men to stop talk- ing over each other. Biden tried to push back against Trump, sometimes looking right at the camera to directly address viewers rather than the president and snapping, “It’s hard to get a word in with this clown.” Biden attacked Trump’s handling of the pandemic, saying that the president “waited and waited” to act when the virus reached America’s shores and “still doesn’t have a plan.” He told Trump to “get out of your bunker and get out of the sand trap” and go in his golf cart to the Oval Office to come up with a bipartisan plan to save people. Trump snarled a response, declaring: “I’ll tell you Joe, you could never have done the job that we did. You don’t have it in your blood.” More on Page 10
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