KOTTAYAM l SATURDAY l AUGUST 03, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l CITY EDITION LEAVE NOW, GOVT TO AMARNATH YATRIS yatra. Lt Gen K J S Dhillon, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Srinagar-based Army’s 15 Corps, said the weapons seized during search operations clearly show that Islamabad is backing terror in the Valley . Addressing a joint press conference with J&K police chief Dilbagh Singh, Lt Gen Dhillon said a thorough anti-terror operation was launched on F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar IN an unprecedented security measure, the Jammu and Kashmir government has suspended the ongoing Amarnath yatra and ordered yatris and tourists to leave the Valley immediately . The security advisory was issued soon after the Army revealed that security forces had foiled attempts by Pakistanbacked terrorists to disrupt the Ayodhya: Daily hearing from Aug 6 SC to hear the appeals of Nirmohi Akhara and deity Ram Lalla first; no more mediation matter on a day-to-day basis. The bench said the appeals of Nirmohi Akhara and deity THE Supreme Court on Friday Ram Lalla would be heard first. decided to hear the vexed Ayo- This saw opposition from sendhya Ram Janambhoomi-Babri ior advocate Rajeev Dhawan Masjid land dispute case on a who argued one of the Muslim day-to-day basis from August 6. parties has filed the case first. The decision is after the apex He also sought 20 days to argue court found the mediation pro- various issues in detail. The cess has not been successful. bench, however, refused to acIn a hearing that cept any requests at lasted barely five min- Order likely this stage. utes, the five-judge The development by Nov 17 constitution bench comes 10 years after Hearings will headed by CJI Ranjan the case reached the have to be Gogoi said, “We’ve reSC. The court also concluded and ceived the report submade it clear that dayorder pronounced mitted by the chairto-day hearings will before Nov 17 man of the committee, take place till the arguwhen CJI Gogoi Ju s t i c e K a l i f u l l a . ments of all parties retires. Else, the We’ve perused the concerned are over. case will have to same. Mediation proWhile the case is to be heard afresh ceedings have not rebe heard on a day-toand the bench sulted in any kind of day basis, full hearreconstituted final settlement. ings may happen only Therefore, we have to on Tuesdays, Wednesproceed with the hearing of the days and Thursdays. This is beappeal, which will commence cause Mondays and Fridays are from August 6.” reserved for PILs and fresh casThe order came after a legal es. However, sources said the heir of one of the original liti- bench could still hear Ayodhya gants, Gopal Singh Visharad, case in the afternoon on these prayed that the mediation pro- days, if hearings on the recess be discontinued. served cases are finished early . It also said the office of the The bench also comprises registry should keep all the ma- Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chanterial ready for the perusal of drachud, Ashok Bhushan and S P7 the court for the hearing of the A Nazeer. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi both routes to the Amarnath cave in South Kashmir after specific intelligence inputs in the past three-four days that terrorists backed by Pakistan and its army were planning to attack the yatris. DGP Singh said searches were still going on in both the routes. Baseer Ahmad Khan, Divisional Commissioner (Kashmir), confirmed that the yatra has been suspended. The NC and PDP slammed the advisory, saying it will trigger panic. “No elected government in J&K had allowed a situation to develop where the yatra had to be cancelled,” NC chief Omar Abdullah tweeted. The authorities had already suspended the 45-day yatra, which began on July 1, from August 1 till August 4 citing weather conditions. So far 3,42,883 yatris have had darshan at the cave. EXPRESS READ CPI party commission to probe July 23 lathicharge T’Puram: A three-member CPI commission will probe all the aspects of the July 23 police lathicharge on party leaders in Kochi, including complaints against the leaders. Amid controversies and factional feud, the CPI state executive which met here on Friday tasked the commission – comprising senior leaders K P Rajendran, V Chamunni and P P Suneer – to look into the incident. P4 7 AR cops suspended over Adivasi CPO’s death Palakkad: Seven police personnel have been suspended pending inquiry based on a preliminary probe carried out into the death of a Scheduled Tribe civil police officer of the Armed Reserve Camp, Kumar N K. The body of Kumar was found near the tracks at the Lakkidi railway station on July 25. Meanwhile, District Superintendent of Police said there was no evidence that Kumar had faced caste discrimination. P5 US-made telescopic gun and other Pakistani weapons, recovered during searches on Amarnath route, displayed at a presser in Srinagar Friday | PTI PAK TRYING TO ATTACK PILGRIMS: ARMY Searches have yielded an American M-24 sniper rifle and an anti-personnel mine with Pakistan ordnance factory markings on it, Lt Gen K J S Dhillon said C P Muhammad, father of Shuhaib, said the family and the Congress would approach the Supreme Court against the High Court order. “We will fight till justice is delivered. The real culprits are roaming freely in the district. The government is afraid of a CBI investigation as it knows well that many of the CPM leaders in the district were involved in the conspiracy,” he said. THE YATRA, NOW SUSPENDED, WAS SET TO HAVE CONCLUDED ON I-DAY “These clearly indicate that Pakistan is involved in terror in Kashmir,” Lt Gen Dhillon, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Army’s 15 Corps, added at the Srinagar presser BE READY FOR EXTRA FLIGHTS: DGCA Aviation regulator DGCA asked airlines to be ready to operate extra flights from Srinagar if the need arises. IndiGo and Vistara waived cancellation fees for flights to and from J&K for a week HC rules out CBI probe in Shuhaib murder case Family, Cong to move SC Aug 15 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kochi A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Friday set aside the singlejudge bench’s order directing the government to hand over the case of Youth Congress leader S P Shuhaib’s murder to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The bench comprising Chief Justice Hrishikesh Roy and Justice A K Jayasankaran Nambiar issued the order on an appeal filed by the state government against the CBI probe. While endorsing the probe by the Kerala Police, the bench observed, “We are deeply disturbed by the unfortunate turn of events that led to the tragic and gruesome end of the hapless victim who was in the prime of his youth. Crimes that have their roots in political rivalry are on the increase in our state and we (court) are appalled by the extremity of the measures adopted by the perpetrators of the crime. The perpetrators of the crime need to be quickly apprehended, tried, convicted and sentenced, for, then alone will our citizenry have confidence in the criminal justice system.” Shuhaib was murdered at Edayannur in Kannur on February 12, 2018. Appearing for the state g ove r n m e n t , S u p re m e Court lawyer Vijay Hansaria and public prosecutor Suman Chakravarthy submitted that the investigation was completed and chargesheet filed on May 14 last year, the state submit● More on P6 ted. It is advised that Amarnath yatris and tourists may curtail their stay in the Valley immediately and take necessary measures to go back as soon as possible J&K govt security advisory India snubs Trump again on K-offer EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE HOURS after US President Donald Trump said he would “certainly intervene” in Kashmir if asked to by India and Pakistan, New Delhi reiterated its rejection of any of fer of mediation. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who is in Bangkok as par t of the ASEAN summit, said he told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo clearly on Friday that “any discussion on Kashmir, if warranted, will only be with Pakistan and only bilaterally”. Last month, Trump had claimed that PM Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate on Kashmir, prompting a strong denial from India. Bakrid to be celebrated on August 12 Kozhikode: Bakrid or Eid ul-Adha will be celebrated on August 12, according to a statement issued by Samastha Kerala Jem-iyyathul Ulama here on Friday. It is based on Dhu’l-Hijjah, the twelfth and final month in the Islamic calendar seen on Friday, August 3 has been charted as Dhu’l-Hijjah 1 and August 12 as Bakrid, said the statement. Permit fee for Now, RTI applicants can take fishing boats mobile snaps of documents to be slashed M S V I D YA N A N D A N @ T’Puram EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kochi Fisheries Minister J Mercykutty Amma on Friday promised the traditional fishermen and mechanised boat owners that the permit fee for country craft will be reduced by half. The Fisheries Department, which increased the permit fee for mechanised boats from `5,000 to `50,000 last year, had extended the 10-fold hike to traditional fishing sector this year, which triggered a wave of protest across the state. ● More on P6 KEEPING up with the times, the State Information Commission has allowed Right to Information (RTI) applicants to take mobile phone photograph of public documents required. Information seekers can request in their application that they would opt for taking a photograph rather than waiting for the office concerned take a photocopy and send it by post. The commission is of the view that the decision would be of immense help to the applicants seeking information from offices which do not have a photocopier and those situated in remote areas. Also, the service would become faster. As per the existing rule, the copy of a public docu- ment is given to the applicant by charging `2 for an A4-size paper. For documents of other sizes, the actual cost would be levied. “Kerala State Information Commission is the first in the country to bring in this reform. The commission will write to the state government to issue an order to take the message to all RTI officers and the public,” said Somanathan Pillai, Information Commissioner. The commission has already allowed applicants to obtain mobile phone photograph, while disposing of some appeals. However, the new option may not be attractive to applicants who want to produce the copy as an authentic document before some authority The . photocopy would be certified by the information officer. DOUBLE TRAUMA 72-yr-old remand prisoner languishing in state mental asylum for 50 years A M I YA M E E T H A L @Kozhikode THERE may not be more tragic a tale than that of 72-year-old Vijayan (name changed), a native of Palakkad. He has been confined to a 35-square-foot cell for the last half a century of his life. A remand prisoner, Vijayan has been languishing in the Government Mental Health Centre, Kuthiravattom, here since February 10, 1969, when he was just 22. He was remanded by the Palakkad Sessions Court but the trial could not be held in all these 50 years as he has been suffering from chronic schizophrenia. The details of the original case against him could not be obtained from the government records. The latest remarks about his trial in the government file say ,”Not fit for trial. PRISONERS IN MENTAL HEALTH CENTRES No of remand/ convicted prisoners 115 Peroorkada 42 Thrissur 57 Kuthiravattom 16 Acquitted persons 20 Can be sent to rehabilitation centre.” Like Vijayan, there is another 68-year-old man, who has been languishing in the Kuthiravattom mental health centre for 39 years. Two others from Tamil Nadu -- both aged 50 -- have been at the centre for the last 36 years. This is the horrible state of affairs of these persons. Altogether, there are 115 convicted and remand prisoners at the three government mental health centres in the state -- Kuthiravattom, Peroorkada in Thiruvananthapuram, and Thrissur. The court has acquitted 20 of them, but they continue to be in the mental hospitals because of their mental condition or because their families have disowned them. ● More on P6 SOWING HOPES A farmer throws paddy saplings for planting at a field in Kolichira near Chirayinkeezhu in Thiruvananthapuram. Paddy farmers are apprehensive whether the lack of sufficient rain may affect their crop | B P DEEPU Amboori murder: Police find State police’s Rakhi’s mobile phone parts Tik Tok account an instant hit E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram We will send the phone parts for forensic examination. We took the accused for identifying spots and evidence on Friday too. We are in the process of collecting more evidence S Sajeevan, Poovar CI THE investigation team probing Rakhimol murder case recovered broken parts of Rakhi’s mobile phone, abandoned at a deserted place in Vazhichal near Amboori. Police found parts of the phone while taking accused Akhil and Rahul to the spot for evidence collection. Police are also searching for Rakhimol’s dress during the time of murder, which was buried at Vazhichal. “We will send the phone parts for forensic examination. We took the accused for identifying spots and evidence on Friday too. We are in the process of collecting more evidence. Hence, evidence collection will continue on Saturday as well,” said S Sajeevan, Poovar CI. Akhil and Rahul were arrested last Saturday . Akhil confessed that he and his brother strangled Rakhimol, after picking her up from Neyyattinkara bus stand, in their car. Rakhimol’s body was exhumed at the site of Akhil’s new house, which is under construction. Akhil’s friend and third accused, Adarsh, was nabbed by the police earlier. Rahul also confessed to the murder being pre-planned. The brothers were angry over Rakhimol’s attempts to foil Akhil’s plan to marry another woman, which eventually led them to commit the crime. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram TECH-SAVVY Kerala Police on Wednesday opened a TikTok account to conduct awareness campaigns, to a marvellous response. The number of followers for the account soared to 1.21 lakh by Thursday evening. Their first post, a collage of the force’s different activities with background music from popular Malayalam movie ‘Sanmanasullavarku Samadhanam’, received 1.73 lakh likes, 600-odd comments and 772 shares within hours of posting. Officers said TikTok offers them the unique advantage to go viral on other social media platforms and ensure greater public participation. “Videos in violation of rules can be noticed on a real-time basis and proper action can be taken,” they said. State police will use the popular app for sharing video clips related to awareness, safety lessons and important warnings. In a statement, police said a special social media team has been constituted for sharing videos on Tik Tok. ADGP Manoj Abraham is leading the team.
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