BHUBANESWAR l THURSDAY l OCTOBER 01 , 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l LATE CITY EDITION DONALD TRUMP, JOE BIDEN CLASH IN BITTER PREZ DEBATE The first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday was marked by angry interruptions and bitter accusations LOW POINTS: ‘SHUT UP’, ‘CLOWN’, ‘RACIST’, ‘LIAR’ Moderated by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, the debate saw 74-year-old Trump and his 77-year-old rival trade barbs about each other’s families. At one point, Biden lost his cool and shouted, “Will you shut up, man? This is so unpresidential,” calling him a liar, clown and racist. Trump returned the favour, saying Biden was so dumb that he graduated last in his class | P9 ■ Oct 15 SPARKS FLY OVER COVID MANAGEMENT ■ Biden accused Trump of having “no plan” to fight Covid-19, which has killed over 2 lakh Americans. Trump said everything is transparent in the US, while China and Russia hide actual data He said he wears mask “when needed” and mocked Biden for wearing it even when the occasion does not warrant doing so DATE OF 2ND PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, FOLLOWED BY A 3RD ON OCTOBER 22 CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI REASONING FOR ACQUITTAL OF THE BIGGIES 1 5 L K Advani No evidence to show that he instigated the crowd and raised slogans 2 Murali Manohar Joshi No voice sample was submitted to show the speeches given were of the same person 3 Kalyan Singh No concrete evidence produced by the CBI to show his direct involvement in the case 4 Uma Bharti No evidence to show that speeches given by her hurt the religious sentiments of people at large Vinay Katiyar No specific slogan was shown by the CBI to establish it was communal in nature 6 Sadhvi Ritambhara The CBI failed to produce original transcript of her speeches and didn’t even seal the tape recorder 7 Mahant Nritya Gopaldas The CBI did not mention any role of his in the chargesheet 8 Ram Vilas Vedanti The CBI did not mention any role describing his involvement in the chargesheet ADVANI, OTHERS ACQUITTED IN BABRI CONSPIRACY CASE Court finds no plot to demolish structure, claims it was spontaneous; blames it on anti-social elements; criticises CBI for shoddy prosecution CBI failed to follow basic norms for presenting proof N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow A attempt to unravel the conspiracy to demolish the Babri masjid flew out of the window on Wednesday, as a special CBI court acquitted all 32 accused, including BJP biggies L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalyan Singh and Uma Bharti, due to lack of conclusive evidence. Rejecting the criminal conspiracy theory, the court observed that the demolition of the 16th century mosque in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 was spontaneous and not pre-planned. Reading out the operative portion of the 2,300-page judgment in five minutes, special judge S K Yadav observed that the CBI had failed to produce conclusive and enough corroborative evidence against any of the accused to prove their complicity in the demolition. Implicating the CBI further, the judge held that the role of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, too, could not be proved by the evidence produced by the prosecution. “Even VHP leader late Ashok Singhal was trying to stop kar sevaks from demolishing the disputed structure because idol of Lord Ram was also inside it,” the judge said. He held that the CBI could not establish the role of any of the accused with supporting evidence during the proceedings. K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi SIGH OF RELIEF FOR SAFFRON LEADERSHIP Leaders of the saffron fraternity, including (from left) L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Sakshi Maharaj, Sadhvi Ritambhara and Vinay Katiyar break into smiles after their acquittal by the trial court. The Opposition, however, called the verdict obnoxious, with the Congress saying it ran counter to the constitutional spirit Judge Yadav said media reports and newspaper clippings produced by the prosecution could not be accepted as pieces of evidence as their original sources were not produced and proved. He said photos related to the incident produced by the prosecution, too, could not be relied upon as their negatives were not submitted, which was mandatory. The judge also observed that none of the locals of Ayodhya testified against any of the accused to prove that they incited the mob to demolish the structure at the disputed site. “Anti-social elements brought down the structure. The accused leaders tried to stop these people,” said the special judge. Pointing out that audio and video cassettes produced in the court by the prosecution were not sealed and even the videos were not clear, the verdict said they seemed to be fabricated and tampered with. The court observed that till noon everything was fine in Ayodhya on that fateful day Then some anti-social . elements started brick-batting from behind the Babri structure. “There is no evidence that the accused tied together in a common cause with with anti-social elements to bring down the structure. The leaders seated near the Ram Chabutra did not anticipate that a Gang-rape victim even denied dignity in death. What’s happening in UP? UNEASY QUESTIONS Why did the police not hand over the body to the girl’s family in Delhi immediately after the autopsy? Why did they force the parents to do the last rites in the wee hours after reaching their village in UP? Is it normal to cremate anybody after sunset among Hindus? Why was an exception made in the girl’s case? CONGRESS, LEFT STAGE PROTESTS Congress, Left and Bhim Army activists staged protests near the Uttar Pradesh Bhawan and India Gate in the national capital on Wednesday, demanding justice for the victim Hathras’ Nirbhaya has not died, she has been killed — by a ruthless government, by its administration and by the UP government’s ignorance Sonia Gandhi, Cong chief N A M I TA B A J PA I & S O M R I TA G H O S H @ Lucknow / New Delhi THE horrific gang-rape and murder of a Dalit girl in UP’s Hathras district turned into a massive controversy over the “forced” last rites of the victim early Wednesday amid police claims to the contrary Facing massive public outrage and . opposition criticism over the brutal rape and the police’s high-handedness, the Yogi Adityanath government ordered an SIT probe and later met the family . Following the 19-year-old’s death on Tuesday her younger brother and father , were made to wait for hours before they could head back to their village Boolgarhi in Hathras late at night. It was around 1 am when the police along with the body and the family reached the village. However, the police didn’t take the body to the house, her family and village sources said. The family including the mother, elder , brother and father, said they pleaded with the police to allow them to take their daughter home before cremating her. But the police “forced” them to finish the last rites immediately . “When my father reached Hathras, he was immediately taken to the cremation ground by the police,” the victim’s brother told the media. The body was cremated around 3 am by the police. The district police and administration refuted the allegations and police claimed that there was no pressure on the family and that the last rites were performed by the victim’s kin. Hathras Superintendent of Police (SP) Vikrant Veer denied any “urgency” by the police in cremation despite the fact that a cremation usually does not take place at night. He said the cremation was done as usual after the body reached Boolgarhi village. He said the situation was calm in the village with heavy police deployment. Hathras joint magistrate Prem Prakash Meena said the last rites were performed with the cooperation of the family Dis. trict magistrate Praveen Kumar Lakshakar said the claims made by the family were false. As the UP government and police came under fire from all quarters, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to CM Yogi Adityanath and called for strictest punishment for the perpetrators. “We will take the case to a fast-track court and ensure strictest punishment for the perpetrators. The state government stands by the bereaved family said the ,” CM, who spoke to the family via videolink and promised all help. The CM announced a financial assistance of `25 lakh for the family He promised a government . job to one of her family members and also a house through a government scheme in Hathras city . The state government has set up a three-member Special Investigation Team to probe the incident and submit its reP8 port within a week. BrahMos with indigenous booster rides high H E M A N T K U M A R R O U T @ Bhubaneswar Land attack version of supersonic cruise missile BrahMos being test fired for an extended range from ITR off Odisha coast on Wednesday INDIA on Wednesday gave another strong display of its preparedness by successfully test-firing the land attack version of supersonic cruise missile BrahMos with indigenous components from a land-based platform off Odisha coast. A day after its deployment along with short range Akash and subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay in eastern Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh, test of the missile for an extended range of 450 km assumes significance. Fitted with indigenous booster, airframe, propulsion system, power supply and many other major components, the missile in full operational configuration blasted off from launching complex-III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at about 10.30 am and met all mission pa- rameters as expected. The test - jointly conducted by DRDO and BrahMos Aerospace - has paved the way for the serial production of the indigenous booster and other components of the powerful weapon system. “It is one more major step in enhancing the indigenous content. The BrahMos land-attack cruise missile was cruising at a top speed of Mach 2.8. The missile has proved its prowess once again as the best supersonic cruise system in the world. With an extended range, the world’s best cruise missile can now change the dynamics of conventional warfare,” said a senior defence official. An Indo-Russian joint venture, the missile has been operationalised in the Indian Army since 2007, but Wednesday’s test validated the indigenous components incorporated to P5 achieve higher strike range. section of kar sevaks will get agitated and climb the disputed structure,” the judge said. The court also criticised the district administration for failing to act on intelligence reports on the presence of anti-social elements. The judge cited the statement of witness Anju Gupta, the then Ayodhya ASP, who was part of Advani’s security detail on December 6, 1992. She had claimed that some ‘dacoits and criminals’ had mingled with the crowd of kar sevaks and had subsequently testified in court. Later, prosecution lawyer Lalit Singh said a decision on whether or not to challenge the verdict will be taken at the CBI headquarters in New Delhi after consultations with P7 legal experts. THE CBI ought to hold itself responsible for failing to follow even basic norms while bringing evidence on record, which led to the acquittal of all 32 accused in the Babri masjid demolition case. Special Judge S K Yadav in his 2,300-page ruling said photocopies and not originals of the statements made by some accused persons were submitted, which cannot be relied on. Also, audio cassettes were tampered with and not sealed. Besides, negatives of photographs were not submitted. “All the speeches, clippings of newspapers which were not testified, photographs don’t show an iota of evidence that the accused persons hatched the conspiracy together,” the judge concluded. Dissecting the submitted speeches, he said, the recordings of slogans raised by a specific accused did not correlate with the voice samples of that person. On the prosecution witnesses claiming that some of the accused raised the slogan ek dhakka aur do Babri masjid tod do (give one more push to demolish Babri masjid), no record or matching voice samples were presented, he pointed out. Regarding the statements submitted by the CBI, the verdict said the testimonies of the witnesses recorded under 161 CrPC and what was said in court do not match. Also, none of the witnesses took direct name of the accused persons, it added.
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