NATIONWIDE oct 8 Fresh cases 21,257 19,740 Recoveries Deaths 24,963 23,070 271 248 Jab-o-meter Take your shot oct 9 October 8 71,75,744 doses October 9 60,66,412 doses Total doses: 94,62,90,307 odisha oct 8 oct 9 Fresh cases sambalpur l sunday l OCTOBER 10, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l city EDITION final course in desert Will it be Delhi Capitals or Chennai Super Kings in Friday’s final? Some talking points as the Indian Premier League shifts to the play-offs stage Watch out: the game of batters Ruturaj Gaikwad (533), Faf du Plessis (546) and Shikhar Dhawan (544), three of the four highest run-getters this time, will be in action on Sunday. All of them played integral part in their teams’ success Stoinis back fit CSK off track If word from the UAE is anything to go by, Delhi all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is fit again and will take his place in the XI. Stoinis is a key player because his presence gives the team balance One thing that’s not in favour of MS Dhoni & Co is their form. They have lost their last three. While the losers of Sunday’s match will get one more go, the management will be keen to arrest this slidev | Pg 11 524 526 Recoveries Deaths 598 04 597 04 9th Entering business end October 10: Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings October 11: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders October 13: Loser of October 10 vs Winner of October 11 October 15: Winner of October 10 vs Winner of October 13 Live at 7.30pm Chennai seek a ninth IPL final on sunday 2 Delhi on the other hand seek 2nd final 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 During questioning, MoS Home Ajay Mishra’s son claimed innocence, but failed to provide proof Ashish arrested after 11-hr grilling N a m i ta B a j pa i @ Lucknow ASHISH Mishra, the son of Union minister of state for home Ajay Mishra ‘Teni’ and the main accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case, was arrested late on Saturday night after being questioned for over 11 hours by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the crime branch headed by DIG Upendra Agarwal. He was arrested after the probe team felt he was not fully cooperating with the investigation, sources said. Following the interrogation, the SIT also asked the district police to add some more sections of the IPC to the FIR lodged against Ashish. During the questioning, Ashish provided video testimonials of 10 persons to the police to prove he was not in the vehicle that ran over protesting farmers. However, the SIT was not convinced with his version of the violence which rocked the Terai district last Sunday . The minister’s son appeared before the SIT around 10:40 am. His interrogation began soon after as the SIT had come prepared with 40 questions. The sources said during the Ashish Mishra arrives at the Crime Branch office in Lakhimpur Kheri on Saturday | PTI Lynching was ‘reaction to action’, says Tikait Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesman Rakesh Tikait said no case should be registered against farmers in connection with the killing of three BJP workers as the lynching was only a “reaction to an action” questioning, Ashish claimed his innocence by reiterating that he was not present at Tikunia, the site of the incident. He reportedly insisted that he was at a wrestling competition at Banbirpur village, some 3-4 km away from Tikunia. So far, the Lakhimpur police have arrested two persons, Luvkush and Ashish Pandey said , to be close aides of Ashish Mishra. Ashish was named as the main accused in the FIR lodged by the farmers. He, along with 15-20 unidentified persons, has been booked under sections pertaining to murder, criminal conspiracy and rioting, among others. There was a crowd of local BJP workers at the office of the crime branch. They shouted slogans in support of Ashish and claimed he was innocent. Ashish appeared before the police following a second summon. The notice was served on Ashish under Section 160 of the Criminal Procedure Code and he was asked to appear in person and present his version of the events. He had failed to present himself after the first summon. He was accompanied by his counsel Awadesh Singh and Lakhimpur Sadar MLA Yogesh Verma of the BJP . Meanwhile, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha on Saturday called for a nationwide rail blockade on October 18 demanding the sacking of MoS Ajay Mishra and formal arrest of his son Ashish. The apex body of farm unions also decided to burn the effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah on Dussehra (October 15) and announced a farmers’ mahapanchayat in L u c k n o w o n October 26. The morcha raised doubts over the investigation carried out by the Uttar Pradesh Police on the Lakhimpur Kheri violence in which eight people, including four farmers were killed. SKM leaders Balbir Singh Rajewal, Yogendra Yadav and Rakesh Tikait demanded that the government accept their demands by October 11 or they would go ahead with their agitational programme. With inputs from Harpreet Bajwa in Chandigarh) Aswini CB charges not maintainable against Bidya, say legal experts failed ASO exam, topped OAS in first attempt Jajpur: Topper of Odisha Civil Services Examination 2019 Aswini Kumar Panda’s story is nothing less than inspirational. The 29-yearold scripted his success story on the foundation of a failure. He had failed to clear the Assistant Section Officer examination in 2018 by 0.5 marks and has no qualms about sharing the same | P4 Round 13 of Sino-Indian talks today MAYA N K SI N G H @ New Delhi The 13th round of the Corp Commander-level talks between India and China to resolve the stand-off in eastern Ladakh would begin on Sunday at Moldo on the Chinese side of the LAC. Sources said the Indian side hoped the Hot Spring stand-off may get resolved during the talks, while the prolonged engagement at Depsang and Demchok would also be discussed. The talks take place in the backdrop of a clash between the two armies at Yangtse in the Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh in the first week of October. Earlier, the PLA had transgressed into Barahoti area of Uttarakhand in August-end. In the run up to the talks, Army chief General M M Naravane on Saturday said Chinese have augmented their infrastructure and logistics in the area, indicating they were planning for a prolonged stay Talk. ing at an event in Delhi, General Naravane said, “It is a matter of concern. There has been infrastructural build-up and that means they are there to stay If . they are there to stay, we are there to stay too.” E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar A day after Bidya Bharati Panda was formally named by Crime Branch as an accused in her husband Assistant Conservator of Forests (ACF) Soumya Rajan Mohapatra’s suspicious death in a fire mishap, legal experts say there are too many holes in the investigating agency’s charges against her. The charges will not be maintainable, they said. In the 300-page chargesheet, Bidya Bharati has been named as the only accused. She has been charged under Sections 304A and 285 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) - both bailable offences. The Section 285 deals with negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter whereas Section 304A of IPC says that whoever causes the death of any person by doing any rash or negligent act not amounting to culpable homicide shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or fine, or both. The Crime Branch said that the fire which led to the ACF’s death was accidental and relies on the deceased’s dying declaration for the same. This is where legal experts say the discrepancies arise. “Section 304A is clear about the negligent act. Here the act is fire which is not caused by the accused. Rather, it was accidental which is in the dyi n g d e c l a r a t i o n t o o, according to the Crime Branch’s statement to the press. How can she be charged with negligence for an act she has not committed?” Orissa High Court lawyer Mohit Agarwal said. CONTINUED ON: P5 After dissenters’ nudge, CWC to meet on Oct 16 R a j e s h K u m a r T h a k u r @ New Delhi Following persistent demands for organisational changes by the so-called G-23 leaders, the Congress has decided to hold a meeting of its national working committee on October 16. Issues such as the current political situation and organisational elections are likely to figure at the Congress Working Committee meeting. The party is also expected to discuss strategies for the Assembly elections in Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand, Manipur and UP next year. “A meeting of the INC Working Committee (WC) will be held on Saturday the 16th October at 10 am at AICC office in New Delhi to discuss current political situation, forthcoming assembly elections and organizational elections,” party secretary K Venugopal tweeted. This is the first time that the party has agreed to discuss the demand for organisational changes, something the G-23 has consistently raised, following dismal performances in elections. The CWC is also expected to discuss ways to check infighting, reported recently in states such as Punjab, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. After the recent crisis in Punjab, which saw the resignation of Amarinder Singh as the chief minister, many senior Congress leaders such as Kapil Sibal had openly expressed concern at the party’s affairs and the way the Punjab situation was handled. This prompted Gandhi family loyalists to hit out at the “dissenters” and some party workers had even held a violent protest outside Sibal’s residence. express read Two cops hurt in terror strike at Kulgam Srinagar: Two policemen were injured in a terrorist attack on a police party in J&K’s Kulgam district on Saturday. The incident took place in Manzgam. Officials said further details are awaited. The attack comes a day after a terrorist was shot dead in an exchange of fire with the police in Srinagar. One terrorist had managed to escape. Terrorists had attacked a CRPF camp on Thursday, but no casualty was reported | P8 WITH THIS ISSUE Turning the Clock Back PLUS 12 PAGES
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