COIMBATORE 26 JULY 2013 Friday `3.00 pages 24 late city edition CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com Batla House Encounter Genuine, rules Court Ask Prabhu Suspected IM operative Shahzad Ahmed convicted for killing Inspector M C Sharma, sentencing on Monday by Yatish Yadav Post your questions on website www.newindianexpress.com and Prabhu will answer them r a da r Arun Nehru Passes Away New Delhi: Arun Nehru, former Union minister and a powerful figure during the Prime Ministership of Rajiv Gandhi, passed away on Thursday night after prolonged illness. Nehru, 69, a cousin of Rajiv Gandhi and Minister for Internal Security in his government, died in a hospital in Gurgaon, according to family sources. P9 New Delhi: A court here on Thursday convicted suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorist Shahzad Ahmed of killing Delhi Police special cell Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma and injuring two others in the Batla House encounter in September, 2008. Ahmed was convicted for murder, attempt to murder, obstructing and assaulting public servants and grievously injuring police officers. He was acquitted under Section 174A of the IPC for fail- ure to appear before a court within a specified time as the prosecution had failed to prove that any such proclamation was ever issued. With the judgment, the stand taken by the Union Home Ministry and NHRC that it was a genuine encounter and not “staged” seems to have been vindicated. “He (Ahmed) is held guilty of attempting to cause death of head constables Balwant Singh and Rajbir Singh and causing the death of Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma by firing on them,” said Addi- Case File ■ Shahzad Ahmed hails from Khalispur in UP; was studying at Delhi’s Jamia Millia University and lived at Batla House, close to the campus ■ Introduced to terror activities by Atif Ameen, killed in the encounter ■ Ahmed’s father Siraj ran a business in Saudi Arabia; mother Parveen and 4 siblings lived with his grandfather in UP New Delhi: A major slugfest erupted on Thursday over BJP MP Chandan Mitra’s demand for stripping Nobel laureate Amartya Sen of the Bharat Ratna and the economist offering to return it if Atal Bihari Vajpayee asks him. P9 Says Centre firm on reconciliation and devolution of powers within the framework of united Sri Lanka Express News Service survival of Tamils in Sri Lanka, was in no way jeopardised but rather eventuChennai: Breaking his silence on the ally leads to the Tamils of Lanka realethnic issue and post-war reconcilia- ising their legitimate aspirations. “There is absolutely no change in tion in Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in response to the government of India’s stand on the Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s letter, question of reconciliation and devoluhas said India was for creating an en- tion of political powers in Sri Lanka. We have long advocated vironment wherein the creation of an enviTamils there are masters ill-health ronment in Sri Lanka in of their own destiny, but which all communities, within a framework that puts off meet particularly the Sri ensured Lanka’s territo- New Delhi: A meeting of the Union Cabinet to Lankan Tamils, are masrial integrity. The PM made New discuss a number of pro- ters of their own destiny within the framework of Delhi’s stand clear after posals, including amendJayalalithaa had asked ments to Whistleblowers’ a united Sri Lanka. We will continue to work the Centre to be pro- Protection Bill, was towards this end,” Manactive to ensure that the postponed on Thursday 13th Amendment to the due to the ill health of PM mohan said. This assumes significance in Lankan Constitution, Manmohan Singh. the context of Lanka providing for provincial autonomy, was neither scrapped nor dragging a political settlement of the diluted. In her letter to the PM on July Tamil question long after the decima14, she had urged the Centre to rein in tion of the LTTE. Of late, New Delhi Colombo from taking steps to dilute has reminded Colombo of the need to or repeal the 13th Amendment. She address genuine devolution citing also requested New Delhi to ensure Lankan premier Mahinda Rajapaksa’s that the process of democratic decen- earlier announcement of going beyond tralisation, which is integral to the the 13th Amendment. Univ Pulls Out Terror Poem Kozhikode: The Calicut University in Kerala has pulled out from its syllabus a poem penned by former Guantanamo detainee Ibrahim al-Rubaish following media reports of his alleged links with terror outfit al-Qaeda. P9 Another Chinese Incursion Leh/New Delhi: Chinese troops on July 20 made a fresh attempt to violate the international border at Chumar area in Jammu and Kashmir, but were forced back by the Army. Assange Fields Two Desis Sydney: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, on Thursday launched his political party in Australia to contest the general elections later this year. He has also fielded two Indianorigin persons. P15 Modi Visa: MK Warns MPs HC Directs CBI to Probe IIT-M Appointments Chennai: DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Thursday warned party MPs of action if they are found to have addressed a letter to US President Barack Obama against issuing of visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. P5,Edit: P8 Express News Service 20 pages, including 4 pages of CITY EXPRESS Markets 19,804,76 5,907.50 24 ct (1 gm): 2,745 22 ct (1 gm): 2,567 Sensex: Nifty: Gold Silver Bar (1 kg): 40,730 Retail (1 gm): 43.60 Exchange US$: Euro: 58.94 77.86 Source: BSE, NSE, RBI websites express poll of the day Do you think poverty in India has come down as the government claims? Yes 11% no 89% Today’s question: Do you think Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi should be allowed to visit the US? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com speed demon strikes again Wreckage of a train in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela after it tore at twice the speed limit around a bend, killing at least 80 passengers on Thursday | aFP FULL COVERAGE: P15 No Evidence of Torture, say AIIMS Docs Express News Service Chennai: There was no evidence of torture or physical violence on any part of the body of Ilavarasan, the Dalit youth whose body was found near a railway track on July 4 in Dharmapuri, as per the second postmortem. “The injuries mentioned, including fatal injury, could be caused by the impact of a running train,” says the report by the three-member doctors’ team from All India Insti- Batla House on September 19, 2008, a week after five serial blasts rocked the capital killing 30 people. The Indian Mujahideen had claimed responsibility for the explosions. During the hearing, the court ruled that deposition of Dr Sanjeev Lalwani and the post-mortem report make it clear that Inspector Sharma died due to bullet injuries suffered in the incident. It, however, added that it was intriguing that despite having advance input, Sharma did not wear a bulletproof jacket. More: P9 13A Stand Stays, PM Assures Jaya Bharat Ratna Slugfest Indices tional Sessions Judge Rajender Kumar Shastri. The court will pronounce the quantum of punishment on Monday. Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who in 2008 as the Home Minister monitored the investigation, said he was satisfied that it was a genuine encounter. “Unfortunately, we lost a brave police officer. It was also unfortunate that some of the suspects escaped,” he added. The encounter broke out after the Special Cell of the Delhi Police raided Flat No 108 of building L-18 at [ The injuries mentioned, including fatal injury, could be caused by the impact of a running train — AIIMS Doctors, In report submitted to Madras HC tute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. Stating that the time since death is consistent with the first post-mortem report, the doctors observe that “the toxicological analysis established consumption of alcohol in quantity sufficient to cause a person [to be] under influence of alcohol.” The report details that the body was extensively examined for torture signs on whole of the back, buttock, thighs, call muscles, soles and the hands by giving multiple incisions. No such injury was detected on any part of the body. “After thorough postmortem examination of the dead body, the board is of the unanimous opinion that the cause of death in this case is extensive cranio-cerebral damage (head injury) caused by impact of heavy blunt object. “The head injury as well as other injuries are antemortem in nature and will result in instantaneous death,” Dr D N Bhardwaj, Dr Sudhir Kumar Gupta and Dr Millo Tabin, have said. Chennai: Faculty appointments at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, came under the CBI scanner on Thursday with the Madras High Court directing it to probe the legality of recruitments between 1995 and September 26, 2000. Those found responsible for any illegal appointment would be prosecuted, Justice S Nagamuthu warned. The judge was allowing a batch of writ petitions from Dr W B Vasantha and others seeking to quash the selection for faculty positions by an advertisement issued in 1995 and direct the chairman, board of directors and the IIT-M director to select her as associate professor in a duly constituted selection committee following the reservation for OBC. In an indictment of the IIT, the judge observed that Vasantha should be treated to have been appointed as associate professor with effect from July 27, 1995, and as a professor from December 18, 1996. The pay and allowances of the petitioner from July 27, 1995, for the post of associate professor till December 17, 1996, should be calculated notionally for purpose of fixing her future salary. However, for this period, she would not be entitled for back wages. Allegations have been made in the past about IIT-M not adhering to reservation in faculty recruitment. 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