bengaluru l friday l october 08, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 32 l late city EDITION dissenters out of the BJP’s national executive team The 80-member body has Union ministers and influential newcomers like Mithun Chakraborty and Dinesh Trivedi swamy, maneka gandhi, varun dropped heady mix of veterans, newcomers Maneka Gandhi and son Varun were dropped hours after the latter’s tweet on the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. Subramanian Swamy, vocal critic of the leadership, too, was removed. Choudhary Birendra Singh, who recently shared the dais with Om Prakash Chautala, was axed. Prahlad Singh Patel lost his slot perhaps after his name cropped up in the Pegasus list | P9 ■ ■ ■ Smriti Irani made a comeback. Heavyweights like Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari retained their positions S P S Baghel and Dara Singh Chouhan, both imports from the BSP with strong following in the backward castes, were inducted Veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi have been retained Nov 7 When the national executive meets for the first time in two years 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 Terrorists gun down principal, teacher in Srinagar school Early signs of water F aya z W a n i @ Srinagar Distraught family members of Deepak Chand, a teacher from Jammu who was killed in a terrorist attack at a government school in Idgah area of downtown Srinagar, on Thursday | PTI Kill me also, says kour’s mother A pall of gloom descended on the house of Supinder Kour, whose relatives are yet to come to terms with her death. “Kill me also,” wailed her mother even as relatives made futile attempts to console her. “What had she done? She was a teacher. She has small kids. Aag lage is Kashmir ko (let this Kashmir burn),” she said Terrorists barged into a government school on Thursday and shot dead its principal and a teacher at point-blank range, in a shocking escalation of targeting civilians here in the last few days. As many as seven civilians have been killed in the Valley in just five days. Thursday’s attack happened when the teachers were taking online classes. No student was in school at the time of the incident. The deceased were identified as principal Supinder Kour from Aloochibagh in uptown Srinagar, and Deepak Chand from Jammu. Police said the terrorists entered the Government Boys Higher Secondary School at Sangam around 11.15 am and opened fire. While Deepak died on the spot, Supinder succumbed on the way to a hospital. Two days ago, a prominent Kashmiri Pandit chemist, Makhan Lal Bindroo, and two others were killed in similar attacks. Claiming responsibility for Thursday’s attack, terrorist outfit The Resistance Front claimed it was a retributive strike against those who had allegedly harassed parents into making their wards attend the August 15 Independence Day functions. Soon after the attack, security forces launched a search for the assailants, but no arrest was reported till the time of going to press. Meanwhile, terrorists lobbed a grenade at a CRPF bunker in Safakadal in Srinagar on Thursday night, but there was no loss of life. Officials said the grenade hit the netting of the bunker and exploded on the roadside. P10 Will give befitting reply: L-G Lt Governor Manoj Sinha condemned the killings and said a befitting reply would be given to the perpetrators. “The terrorists and their patrons will not succeed in disturbing peace, progress and prosperity of J&K,” Sinha tweeted. Leaders cutting across party lines as also social and religious groups condemned the attack UP summons out I-T dept raids 50 locations across state for minister’s son E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ Bengaluru State scrambles to take action as SC seeks report ing. If they don’t turn up, we will go to court and follow due legal procWith the Supreme Court breathing ess,” the IG told this newspaper, adddown its neck demanding a status re- ing teams have been set up for their port on probe into the Lakhimpur arrest and questioning. Kheri violence within 24 hours, the Significantly the IG confirmed the , UP Police tried to get its act torecovery of empty bullet shells gether, arresting two aides of from the violence site. The the main accused Ashish FIR lodged on the basis of Mishra and detaining three the farmers’ complaint alothers here on Thursday . leged that Ashish opened As for Ashish, son of fire after getting down Union minister Anil from a car that mowed Mishra, he has been sumdown the protestors. “In moned to appear at the Lathe light of this, the incident khimpur police lines for site was meticulously interrogation at 10 am on Probe trajectory probed by a metal detector Friday. “We have sumtoday,” a police statement Additional Director moned him. We will record later said. his statement,” said Laxmi General of Police S N The IG also said the arSabat said events Singh, Inspector General rested persons have given of Police, Lucknow zone. unfolded only after a lot of information. “Durthe “accident”. The summons notice was ing interrogation, they Anyone behind the pasted at the Lakhimpur confirmed the presence of residence of Ajay Mishra. wheel has complete three others who were control over the Earlier in the day, the killed in the violence.” The Supreme Court had asked vehicle and is 100% IG was, however, cagey on the state government to responsible for it, he whether they confirmed submit a full report by Fri- said, adding others Ashish’s presence in one day after taking suo motu in the vehicle could of the cars that rammed have a reason to cognisance of the matter. into the protestors from ‘instigate or abet’ The two arrested perbehind. Bharatiya Kisan sons were identified as whatever happened Union leader Rakesh Singh Luvkush and Ashish PanTikait has demanded Ashdey Their arrest happened full four ish’s arrest by October 12. . days after the violence that led to the Meanwhile, the UP government killing of eight persons, including named retired Allahabad High Court four farmers and a journalist, indi- judge Pradeep Kumar Srivastava as cated the police were dragging their the head of the single-member judifeet till now. “The accused named in cial commission that will investigate the FIR have been called for question- the violence. N a m i ta B a j pa i @ Lucknow britain quarantine list blinks Indians out of its The UK said on Thursday there will be no quarantine for Indian travellers if they are either fully vaccinated with Covishield or any another UK-approved Covid-19 jab. The rule will come into effect from Monday, October 11, British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis tweeted on Thursday | P9 express read Four-storeyed building collapses in Bengaluru Bengaluru: A four-storeyed building collapsed in Kasturinagar here on Thursday, becoming the third structure to crash in just under two weeks. No casualties or injuries were reported. P2 NATIONWIDE oct 6 oct 7 Fresh cases 18,833 22,431 Recoveries Deaths 24,770 24,602 318 278 karnataka oct 6 oct 7 Fresh cases 523 442 Recoveries Deaths 621 9 635 7 The Directorate General of Income Tax (DGIT), Karnataka on Thursday carried out simultaneous search and seizure operations at nearly 50 locations in the state, including Bengaluru, in connection with alleged tax evasion and amassing wealth more than the known sources of income. Though the DGIT has been tightlipped about the searches and seizures, sources said the tax sleuths reportedly searched the premises of a NPAs set to rise as stress in retail loans deepens E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ Hyderabad in July this year, retail loans overtook corporate credit, perhaps for the first time in Indian banking history . The trend continued in August, and it is likely that in Q2, the aggregate retail loan book of banks will surpass their corporate counterpart by a modest mile. But the celebratory cheer could be short-lived due to rising bad loans. According to India Ratings, overall stressed assets in the retail segment will likely touch 5.8% of total advances by the end of FY22 from 2.9% a year before. In Q1 alone, according to Care Ratings, gross NPAs in retail and MSME loans of PSU banks rose to 7.28% from 6% the previous year. The incidence of bad loans was less intense for private banks at 3.32%. To contain the stress, lenders have mounted massive restructuring this fiscal. For instance, SBI restructured loans worth `20,000 crore in Q1, of which retail personal loans were at `9,000 crore. These include unsecured loans, personal loans, home, auto and education loans. But unlike in the past when NPA woes were limited to state-run lenders, this time private banks will equally face the music given their foothold in retail sector. India Ratings believes the asset quality impact in retail sector has been significantly higher for private banks, forcing them to restructure loans helping to defer immediate rise in slippages. No change to Balabrooie for now, says K’taka High Court E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ B e n g a l u r u The Karnataka High Court, in an interim on Thursday said status quo should , be maintained with regard to the heritage building Balabrooie Guest House, which has been proposed to be converted into a Constitution Club for legislators. The structure was constructed in the city in 1850. A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum made it clear that the guest house shall not be allotted to any organisation and that no trees should be felled on the premises, till further orders. The court was hearing an interlocutory application filed by Dattatraya T Devare and Bangalore Environment Trust against the plan to convert the Balabrooie Guest House, which houses large heritage trees which are more than 150-200 years old, into a Constitution Club. During the hearing, the Additional Advocate General vehemently argued that no decision has been taken so far on converting the heritage building into a club and on felling of trees. P4 person close to a former chief minister. The raids were conducted on the premises of some contractors, engineers and chartered accountants, who are involved in key irrigation projects in the state. Besides Bengaluru, the raids were conducted in Tumakuru, Bagalkot, Belagavi, Vijayapura and Davangere, said sources. Among the entities searched is Satyanarayana Construction Company’s site office at Singrihalli village near Elerampura in Koratagere taluk of Tumakuru district. P4 won’t affect govt: CM Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday said he is gathering information about the raids. He insis-ted that it won’t affect the govern-ment and added that he can only comment after he has all details. contamination were ignored: Villagers K i r a n B a l a n n a n a v a r @ Makarabbi (Hoovina Hadagali) Even as the death toll in Makarabbi village in Hoovina Hadagali taluk of Vijayanagara district is rising, the villagers have claimed that the administration ignored early warnings of water contamination. It was in early September that the first person got sick after consuming contaminated water, but the local administration did not react till over 100 people got admitted to various hospitals, they say . The village, with a population of 2,000, has four borewells out of which water from three have been declared as unfit for consumption. A section of villages have claimed that the ongoing works to provide piped water to houses had damaged the water pipeline, lead- Villagers claim that ing to drainage water mixing contamination of drinking with it. water started after the In the last three weeks, the Jal Jeevan Mission project village has reported six work was taken up | deaths. But the villagers KIRAN BALANNANAVAR claim that the toll may rise further as many people are under treatment in ICUs. Goneppa Anagaragatti (55), Basamma Havanur (70), Laxmavva Karagangoudar (48), Nilappa Belavagi (60) and Kenchamma Haranakatti (70) from Makarabbi village have died so far. Meanwhile, senior IAS officer Munish Moudgil, who is heading a team tasked with investigating the deaths, visited the village on Thursday interacted with the villagers and , collected details. P7
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