Great Britain players take the knee before the match against Chile on Wednesday as preliminary events begin in Tokyo | AFP TIRUCHY THURSDAY JULY 22, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 14 LATE CITY EDITION WOMEN’S SKEET WORLD NO 1 COVID POSITIVE, OUT OF OLY ‘Devastated’ GB athlete, Amber Hill withdraws days before Games, three others, too, sidelined after contracting virus 6 POLISH SENT BACK HOME; SWEDEN STUN U.S. TEAMS KNEEL IN FIGHT FOR EQUALITY Six Polish swimmers had to be sent back home after a clerical error that left the contingent stunned. An administrative error by the Polish Swimming Federation saw them send 23 athletes instead of 17. Meanwhile, Sweden handed the US women’s team, the defending Olympic and world champion, a 3-0 defeat on the first day of the preliminary rounds ■ ■ Multiple teams interlocked arms or took the knee as they continue their fight for equality. The IOC, which had a blanket ban on protests, has allowed athletes to ‘protest’ with ‘restrictions’ One more Czech athlete, Pavel Sirucek, tested positive in the Games Village. He’s the third member of the delegation | P11 2032 BRISBANE WILL BE THE HOST OF THE 2032 SUMMER GAMES 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 Inter-ministerial Israeli panel to probe Pegasus Parliamentary panel on IT led by Tharoor to question top govt officers next Wednesday Since NSO claims it sells only to vetted governments, the needle of suspicion for the snoopWITH the global Pegasus snoop- gate started pointing towards ing scandal snowballing, Israel the ruling dispensations. While is learnt to have set up a senior Pegasus is meant to help thwart inter-ministerial team to exam- threats to national security its , ine allegations of its abuse, possible use against political since the spyware belongs to an opponents to destabilise govIsraeli firm, the NSO Group. ernments or win elections indiParallelly India’s Parliamen- cated its abuse. , tary Standing Committee on InBack home, the Tharoor-led formation and Technology led parliamentary panel has sumby Congress leader moned senior offiShashi Tharoor is cials from the Minexpected to quesistry of Electronics, tion top gover nInfor mation and ment officials on Technology and the who ordered the Ministry of Home snooping, when it Affairs to its meet1.16L kids orphaned meets next Wednesing Covid in India amid on July 28. The Spyware that uSeS your own phone to day said sources. , agenda is citizens’ Spy on you Israel’s National data security and Security Council privacy, according (NSC) has been to a notification tasked to head the from the Lok Sabha Pe g asus probe Secretariat. On Wednesday, team. Interestingly , PAGE 12 the global media it is the NSC that oversees NSO exports. For its consortium that is doing the part, the NSO Group said it will spyware expose, added the Data shows disproportionate impact on Blacks of US’ of officials of farm giant thoroughly investigate any cred- names 50-yr war on drugs ible proof of misuse of its tech- Monsanto and other anti-CAA nologies and “will shut down activists as potential targets of Pegasus. Six mobile numbers of the system where necessary”. The Israeli action appears to guard Monsanto were added to the list In a first, women stand in Mecca during haj be part of its attempts to avert in 2018 when it came under the diplomatic flare-ups after sus- radar for allegedly selling gepected abuse of Pegasus was netically modified seeds. Also, found in France, Mexico, India, Samujjal Bhattacharjee, AASU Morocco and Iraq. Prominent member who was at the foreamong the spyware’s targets front of the anti-CAA protests were 10 prime ministers, three in Assam, was on the list along presidents and a king. with ULFA’s Anup Chetia. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi A study published last week by US scientists at the Desert Research Institute found that coronavirus infection rates increased disproportionately during the country’s wildfire season in 2020. 16 Thursday vellore newindianexpress com 22 07 2021 l l Pegasus spyware can be covertly installed on your phone by exploiting vulnerabilities in apps and tools, thus using your own phone to spy on you. It has turned into a global focal point as a tool that undermines democratic rights of individuals. Here is an explainer on what the spyware is all about WHAT IS PEGASUS SPYWARE? Pegasus is a spyware that can be installed on mobile phones without the user even getting to know about it It can target Apple iOS and Android devices, and is even able to infect the latest iOS versions, including the iOS 14.6 The spyware can use your phone camera, and even copy/send messages WHAT CAN THE SPYWARE DO? It can monitor all communications from your phone, including emails, text messages, and even the web searches you have done It can help track the user through location identification and can track your calls too Your phone will be used to spy on you, because the phone’s camera and microphone are used for surveillance HOW DOES THE SPYWARE INFECT iPHONES? It impersonates applications downloaded on an iPhone Then it is transmitted through push notifications using the Apple servers The spyware can infect your phone by exploiting the photo app, the Apple Music app, or a zero-click iMessage iMessage is an Apple Inc-developed instant messaging service launched in 2011 to work on Apple platforms like iPadOS, macOS, iOS and watchOS WHO DEVELOPED PEGASUS? Israeli firm NSO group The company is also known as Q Cyber Technologies. The use of Pegasus had been justified by the developers for targetting terrorist organisations and criminals, but it has also found favour among authoritarian leaders to spy on oppo- Pernicious Pegasus nents as well as journalists Human rights group Amnesty International helped reveal this month that the spyware was being exploited for misuse to target political opponents, critiques and journalists in violation of democratic principles HOW CAN YOU KNOW YOUR PHONE HAS MALWARE? It runs slower than usual Noticeable performance drop You notice apps crashing while using them WHAT CAN DETECT PEGASUS? A tool called Mobile Verification Toolkit (MVT) can detect Pegasus. It can help you know if Pegasus has installed itself on your phone The advantage is that this tool can work on iOS and Android devices, but due to more pronounced forensic traces it is easier to do so on the former than the latter WHO DEVELOPED IT? Israel's NSO Group developed it in 2016. It first came out into the open in 2018 when a phone of a human rights activist in Israel was the target of an infection attempt Its popularity grew due to data on its capabilities in maintaining surveillance in a cov- ert manner targeting individuals and organisations In August 2020, NSO Group reportedly sold the spyware to United Arab Emirates to help it maintain surveillance on anti-regime elements and not-so-friendly nations The powerful spyware can sneak into your phone in at least two easy ways. Unlike in the past — when a non-techsavvy generation could be nudged to click on malicious links — Pegasus infections can now be achieved through “zeroclick” attacks, requiring no user interaction whatsoever. These zero-click security breaches can occur via mail apps, p2p device protocols, WhatsApp, or even the graphics library — a simple unanswered WhatsApp call can place the Pegasus code on your device. These attacks often rely on another deeper vulnerability known as “zeroday”, which are the loopholes in an mobile OS that a phone manufacturer doesn’t know about Data WASHINGTON: More than 1.5 million children in 21 countries, including 1,19,000 from India, lost their primary and secondary caregivers to COVID-19 during the first 14 months of the pandemic, according to a study in The Lancet. The modelling study funded in part by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), stated that 25,500 children in India lost their mother to Covid-19 while 90,751 lost their father and 12 lost both their parents. The study estimates that 1,134,000 children lost a parent or custodial grandparent due to Covid-19. Of these, 10,42,000 children lost their mother, father or both. Most lost one, not both parents. Overall, 1,562,000 children are estimated to have experienced the death of at least one parent or a custodial or other co-residing grandparent (or other older relative), the NIH said in a media release. The countries with the highest number of children who lost primary caregivers (parents or custodial grandparents) include South Africa, Peru, United States, India, Brazil, and Mexico, it said. The countries with rates of Covid-associated deaths among primary caregivers (>1/1000 children) include Peru, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Iran, United States, Argentina, and Russia, it added. “Though the trauma a child experiences after the loss of a parent or caregiver can be devastating, there are evidencebased interventions that can prevent further adverse consequences, such as substance use, and we must ensure that children have access to these interventions,” said NIDA Director Nora D Volkow. According to the report, 2,898 Indian children lost either of their custodial grandparents while nine lost both of their custodial grandparents. However, the 0.5 rate of loss of primary and custodial parents per 1,000 children in India is much less than other countries like South Africa (6.4), Peru (14.1), Brazil (3.5), Colombia (3.4), Mexico (5.1), Russia (2.0), and the US (1.8). “We found that, with the exception of South Africa, deaths were greater in men than women in every country, particularly in middle-aged and older parents,” the report on The Lancet journal’s website said. China official mixes 3 doses Data MeDicine T W he WHO says there were more than 3.4 million new global cases of the coronavirus last week, a 12% increase from the previous week. The UN health agency says the number of deaths is continuing to decline, with about 57,000 in the last week. “At this rate, it is expected that the cumulative number of cases reported globally could exceed 200 million in the next three weeks,” WHO says. It notes the highest increases in were in the Western Pacific and European regions. In the past week, WHO says the highest coronavirus infections were in Indonesia, Britain, Brazil, India and the US. WHO has urged countries to commit to vaccinating at least 40% of their populations. hile scientists across the globe are debating on the need for a third booster jab against Covid-19 and whether the shots can be mixed, China’s top disease control official said he has taken three different shots against the infectious disease, the media reported. “I was among the first to have a domestically developed Covid-19 vaccine when I got the shot in May last year,” the South China Morning Post quoted Gao Fu, head of the Chinese CDC, as saying to the Global People magazine. “I have now had three shots that used different technology and were from different manufacturers and I haven’t felt any discomfort,” Fu added. Big drop in US life expectancy HealtH U S life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest one-year decline since World War II, public health officials said Wednesday. The decrease for both Blacks and Hispanics was even worse: three years. The drop spelled out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is due mainly to the Covid-19 pandemic, which health officials said is responsible for close to 74% of the overall life expectancy decline. Over 3.3 million Americans died last year, far more than any other year in US history , with Covid-19 accounting for about 11% of those deaths. The abrupt fall is “basically catastrophic,” said Mark Hayward, a University of Texas sociology professor. S Africa firm to produce Pfizer shots Liverpool no longer a heritage site HealtH FACT OF THE MATTER Virus cases up 12% last week History FRANKFURT: Covid-19 vaccine makers BioNTech and Pfizer on Wednesday said that they had found a South African partner to produce their jab locally, the first such deal on the African continent. The move comes amid growing criticism of vaccine inequality that has seen poor countries fall behind richer ones in protecting people from the virus. Under the agreement, Cape Town-based Biovac will complete the last step in the manufacturing process of the vaccine, the companies said in a statement. The project will take time to get off the ground however, with the first Africanfinished vaccines not expected before 2022. Once up and running, Biovac is set to churn out more than 100 million doses annually that will be distributed to the 55 countries in the African Union. “This is a critical step forward in strengthening sustainable access to a vaccine in the fight against this tragic, worldwide pandemic,” said Biovac chief executive officer Morena Makhoana. Studies have shown that th vaccine is highly effective against Covid-19, including the newer variants. The “technical transfer, on-site development and equipment installation activities will begin immediately the statement added. ,” The Covax scheme, backed by the WHO and heavily relied on by the African countries, has delivered far fewer doses than expected so far. LONDON: The UN’s cultural agency UNESCO on Wednesday voted narrowly to remove Liverpool’s waterfront from its list of world heritage sites, citing concerns about overdevelopment including plans for a new football stadium. At committee talks chaired by China, 13 delegates voted in favour of the proposal and five against -just one more than the twothirds majority required to delete a site from the global list. “It means that the site of Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City is deleted from the World Heritage List,” Tian Xuejun, chairman of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, declared. It is only the third such removal, after previous decisions affecting Oman and Germany, and followed two days of committee discussions that exposed tensions about how cities can preserve their past. The UK government said it was “extremely disappointed” in the decision and the gover nment spokeswoman added that “Liverpool still deserves its world heritage status given the significant role the historic docks and the wider city have played throughout history .” But UNESCO delegates heard that the redevelopment plans, including highrise buildings, would “irreve r s i b l y d a m a g e ” t h e heritage of the port in northwest England. The government had approved a new new stadium for Everton football club. safe anD snug A Common Loon chick hitches a ride on its mother’s back while her mate looks for food on Maranacook Lake in Maine, US | aP HealtH FIFTY years ago, then US president Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs. Today, with the US mired in a opioid epidemic that did not abate during the coronavirus pandemic’s worst days, it is questionable whether anyone won the war. Yet the loser is clear: Black and Latino Americans, their families and their communities. A key weapon was the imposition of mandatory minimums in prison sentencing. Decades later those harsh federal and state penalties led to an increase in the prison industrial complex that saw millions of people, primarily of colour, locked up. An Associated Press review of federal and state incarcera- tion data shows that, between 1975 and 2019, the US prison population jumped from 240,593 to 1.43 million Americans. Among them, about 1 in 5 people were incarcerated with a drug offense listed as their most serious crime. The racial disparities reveal the war’s uneven toll. Following the passage of stiffer penalties for crack cocaine and other drugs, the Black incarceration rate in America exploded from about 600 per 100,000 people in 1970 to 1,808 in 2000. In the same timespan, the rate for the Latino population grew from 208 per 100,000 people to 615, while the white incarceration rate grew from 103 per 100,000 people to 242. Provisional data from the CDC shows overdose deaths from illicit drug use continued to rise amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The availability of drugs such as fentanyl, heroin and cocaine remained high or plateaued last year. Many elected officials and activists say that in order to begin to unwind or undo the war on drugs, all narcotics must be decriminalised or legalised, with science-based regulation. Growing up in st. louis, the War on drugs disappeared Black people, not drug use. over the course of two years, I lost 40 to 50 friends to incarceration or death because of the War on drugs. We became so accustomed to loss and trauma that it was our norma Cori Bush, Congresswoman from St. Louis, told the Associated Press Ice-lovIng organIsms Virology Dozens of women soldiers are guarding worshippers in the annual haj pilgrimmage in Mecca and Medina, the birth places of Islam, in a first for Saudi Arabia. Mona, one of the soldiers, told Reuters that she was inspired by her late father’s career. “I am following the steps of my late father to complete his journey, standing here at the Grand mosque in Mecca, the holiest place. To serve the worshippers is a very noble and honourable task,” she told the news agency, while declining to give a last name. The soldiers, dressed in military khakis and black berets, patrol the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Scaled back pilgrimage Once drawing some 2.5 million Muslims from across the globe to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the pilgrimage has been dramatically scaled back due to the virus. This year’s hajj has been limited to 60,000 vaccinated Saudi citizens or residents of Saudi Arabia. On Tuesday, pilgrims wearing masks and maintaining social distancing performed the symbolic stoning of the devil in the valley area of Mina — using sterilized pebbles they received ahead of time. Another image-altering move by Saudi Arabia’s de-facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was allow women of all ages to make the pilgrimage without a male relative, known as a “mehrem”, on the condition that they go in a group. Since his rise to power, women have been allowed to drive and to travel abroad without a male guardian -- even against a backdrop of a relentless crackdown against critics of his rule, inc l u d i n g wo m e n’s r i g h t s activists. “It’s like a dream come true. My childhood dream was to make the hajj,” Shah told AFP , before setting off from her home in Jeddah, the major port city in western Saudi Arabia. The hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam, is a must for able-bodied Muslims with the means to do so at least once in their lifetime. Separately, Saudi authorities have rolled out electronic “hajj cards” allowing contactless access to religious sites, accommodation and transport. The plastic cards are available in green, red, yellow and blue. The colours correspond to markings on the ground guiding pilgrims through the differ- Samar, recently deployed as security for pilgrims, stands alert in front of the Kaaba | aP Caste survey pending, Kulasekaran commission’s term ends T M U R U G A N A N D H A M @ Chennai THE term of the Justice A Kulasekaran commission, constituted to collect quantifiable data on castes, communities and tribes as on date to ensure reservation of all communities in Tamil Nadu, ended on June 20 and has not been extended. Sources said the commission, in May informed the State gov, ernment about the work done, and sought another six months would be constituted to conduct a caste survey to ensure reservation for all communities. He said various parties and organisations had demanded a caste- NO RESPONSE The commission had informed the Tamil Nadu government, in May, about the work done, and sought another six months to complete the caste survey. However, it has received no response yet @ Kolkata/New Delhi GIVING a call to uproot the BJP in the 2024 general elections, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday urged the Opposition to keep aside all other interests and unite against the Modi government, which she alleged wants to ‘turn India into a surveillance state’. Representatives of nine Opposition parties attended the live screening of her speech at Constitution Club in Delhi. They included Sharad Pawar and Supriya Sule (both NCP), P Chidambaram and Digvijaya Singh (both Cong), Ram Gopal Yadav and Jaya Bachchan (both SP), Tiruchi Siva (DMK), Dr Keshava Rao (TRS), Sanjay Singh (AAP), Manoj Jha (RJD), Priyanka Chaturvedi (Shiv Sena) and Sardar Balwinder Singh Bhunder (Shiromani Akali Dal). Taking her Khela Hobe pitch to the national stage, she said Khela (game) will happen in all other states in the 2024 elections until the BJP-led government is derailed from the Centre. She requested all non-BJP parties to start planning from now as only two- I propose Sharadji (Sharad Pawar) and Chidambaramji (P Chidambaram) to call a meeting of Opposition leaders. I will act as a worker and follow the instructions given by the leaders of the alliance Mamata Banerjee and-a-half-years is left. The call for Opposition unity comes ahead of her scheduled four-day visit to Delhi starting July 25. Buoyed by the massive Bengal victory the Trinamool for , the first time organised the screening of Mamata’s virtual address in Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and other states, showcasing her as an anti-BJP leadership face. Underlining the national emphasis of her speech, Mamata spoke for 45 minutes in Bengali, Hindi, and English. Referring to her party’s stupendous victory in the 2021 Assembly elections, Mamata said: “The game is not over yet. The game will continue until the BJP is uprooted from the Centre.’’ Aiming to unite all oppositions under one umbrella, Mamata said, “We have no time to waste... Forget your all-other interests. Now we should focus on one interest, which is saving the country If . we form an alliance shortly before polls, it may not work. I will be in Delhi shortly I pro. pose Sharadji and Chidambaramji to call a meeting of Opposition leaders. I will act as a worker and follow the instructions given by the leaders of the alliance.’’ Interestingly, she did not urge the Gandhi family to initiate Opposition unity. Her call is her first move to venture into national politics ahead of the 2024 elections. EXPRESS READ US issues security alert for its citizens in India over farmers’ stir New Delhi: The US on Wednesday issued a security alert for its citizens in India, advising them to avoid prominent areas, crowds and demonstrations along with taking steps for their own safety in view of the farmers’ protest in New Delhi on Thursday CAA, NRC won’t harm Indian Muslims: Mohan Bhagwat A delegation of various pontiffs headed by Sri Siddalinga Swami meets Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa at his official residence on Wednesday not allayed speculation of leadership change, compounding the confidence of a state BJP faction that has been pushing for a leadership change. Meanwhile, leaders of the party whose names are doing the rounds as replacement for Yediyurappa, such as CT Ravi, Arvind Bellad and Murugesh Nirani, have been inconspicuously making trips outside Karnataka, sparking off speculation that lobbying for the top post is underway . Guwahati: Asserting that the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens are issues that have nothing to do with Hindu-Muslim divide, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Wednesday emphasised that no Indian Muslim will face harm due to these NATIONWIDE JULY 20 JULY 21 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 30,093 45,254 374 42,015 36,977 3,998 TAMIL NADU JULY 20 JULY 21 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,904 2,439 30 1,891 2,423 27 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT July 20 31,79,469 doses July 21 20,83,892 doses TOTAL DOSES 41,76,56,752 HC wants special judges to be trained on POCSO Act H A R I S H M U R A L I @ Chennai OBSERVING that special judges appointed to hear cases under the POCSO Act do not understand the scope and object of the Act, the Madras High Court has recommended special training to such judges to render proper justice to victims. Justice P Velmurugan passed the directions dismissing a criminal appeal challenging an order, passed against the convict for sexually abusing an eight-year-old, by a Mahila court. Last month, when PMK leader GK Mani urged the DMK government to implement the 10.5 per cent quota for Vanniyars, CM MK Stalin said “a good decision” would be taken on the issue. On July 1, the SC refused to stay the law providing the quota. As the matter is likely to have political repercussions, the ruling DMK is expected to make a sagacious move, especially with local body elections P7 around the corner. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru will work tirelessly for the party till his last breath.” While prominently displaying the support he enjoys from religious seers, Yediyurappa on Wednesday appealed to supporters to refrain from protesting in his name. “I urge everyone to act in accordance with party ethics & not indulge in protests/indiscipline that is disrespectful & embarrassing for the party (sic),” he tweeted. Despite the hectic activity, the party central leadership has wise census be conducted and that the data was vital to protect the State’s 69 per cent reservation system as many cases against it were being heard by the Supreme Court. The AIADMK government eventually passed a Bill providing 10.5 per cent reservation to Vanniyars within the quota for Most Backward Classes on February 26, just hours ahead of the notification of Assembly elections. DIDI ENTERS NATIONAL RING Afghan man with fake ID caught working at CSL Amid lobbying by CM hopefuls, BSY lines up more saints to protect chair IN what political observers interpret as a public display of strength amid the buzz of leadership change in Karnataka, prominent seers continued to call on Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday ostensibly to press him to continue as CM. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national president J P Nadda have an immense special concern for me. Nobody has been given the opportunity to work as Chief Minister after the age of 75, but I have been extended that courtesy Yediyurappa was quoted ,” as saying by Siddalinga Swamy , head seer of the all-important Siddaganga Mutt. Talking to reporters after his meeting with Yediyurappa, the seer said, “The CM did not say anything about his resignation, but we insisted that he continue in the post. He told us that he to complete the caste survey but has yet to receive a response. The commission was appointed following a vociferous demand from the PMK, one of the AIADMK’s key allies, that the Vanniyar community be given 20 per cent reservation in government jobs and educational institutions. On December 1, without mentioning the PMK’s demand, then Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced that a commission The judge observed that the sentences pronounced by the lower court have to run consecutively, however, they were running concurrently “It is pertinent to men. tion that the trial judge has failed to appreciate the victim’s age and not understood the relevant provisions of the Act. Before posting any Sessions Judge to the Special Court, which deals with cases under POCSO Act, they have to be necessarily sensitised and imparted training through the TN State Judicial Academy,” the judge said, and directed the Registrar-General and the Director of the Academy to take steps for the same after getting approval from the Chief Justice, the Patronin-Chief and Board of Governors of the Academy . If the age of the victim is above 12 years, the commission of sexual assault falls under Section 7 of the Act, punishable under Section 8, and if the victim is aged below 12 years, it is termed as an ‘aggravated sexual assault’, which falls under Section 9(m), punishable under Section 10, observed the judge. Fur- ther, the minimum punishment for an offence under Section 7 is three years, whereas for the offence under Section 9(m) it is five years. The judge pointed out that the trial court failed to look into the victim’s age at the time of occurrence and has wrongly convicted the accused only for three years instead of five. The court, not interfering with the trial court order, modified and ordered it to run consecutively The trial court was also . directed to take appropriate steps to immure him in prison to serve the remaining period of sentence. while his mother Dalero Begum hailed from Assam. IN a major security lapse, an AfAccording to preliminary ghan national managed to work probe, Khan came to India in in the Cochin Shipyard (CSL) 2018 on a medical visa. Later, he for more than a year using a forged his identity documents fake identification document to reach Kochi and secure a job that showed him an Indian. under a sub-contractor in Idgul, alias Abbas Khan, 24, Cochin Shipyard. had been working in Khan came to Kochi the shipyard under a because a few of his It’s not the sub-contractor since first breach relatives from Assam 2020. He had gone abwere already working Earlier, NIA had sconding after he susin the shipyard under arrested two pected his real identity the sub-contractor. was exposed. A special former contract There are also ruemployees for team of Kerala police mours that he had stealing critical nabbed him from Kolksome issues with his electronic ata and produced becousins and it was one fore court, which re- components from of them who leaked an indigenous manded in judicial his real identity to the aircraft carrier custody on Tuesday . shipyard security . under Ernakulam South A CSL spokesperson construction at Police Inspector M S said one of the workthe Cochin Faisal said the accused men of a sub-contracShipyard in claimed to be from Astor was known by a sam but was in posses- September 2019 different name than sion of an Afghan that was submitted in passport. “He had been ab- his documents. During a re-versconding for the past few days. ification of the documents by We traced his mobile location the shipyard security, it was and nabbed him from Kolkata,” found that he had absconded. the officer said, adding his fa- The matter was immediately ther Barath Khan was suspect- reported to the police, the ed to be an Afghan citizen, spokesperson added. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi
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