KOZHIKODE l tuesday l January 11, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION victory for Djokovic BUT ISSUE YET TO BE RESOLVED NOVAK potentially able to play at oz open World No 1 wins legal battle to stay in Australia. However, country’s immigration minister could still deport him BIGGEST VICTORY IN HIS CAREER: MOTHER In an emergency court hearing on Monday, the judge made the ruling in favour of Djokovic — who was in detention since his arrival on January 6 — on Covid-19 health grounds, potentially clearing the way for him to take part in the Australian Open. The Serbian player’s lawyers argued that since he recently recovered from Covid-19, he didn’t need to be inoculated ■ ■ Djokovic’s mother Dijana (left) was elate. After the court’s verdict, she said: “This is the biggest victory in his career, bigger than all his grand slams.” In a Twitter post after the court verdict, Djokovic said that he’s eager to take part in the Australian Open | P11 NINE NO OF oZ OPEN TITLES Djokovic HAS POCKETED, MOST IN MEN’S SINGLES CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI SFI activist stabbed to death, violence erupts across state Local Youth Cong leader confesses to crime, four KSU workers too arrested within hours CPM, Cong men clash at various places N A J M A S U L A I M A N @ Idukki AN SFI activist was stabbed to death allegedly by KSU and Youth Congress workers at the Government Engineering College, Painavu, on Monday as campus violence reared its ugly head, triggering clashes between Congress and CPM activists in several parts of the state. Seventh-semester student Dheeraj Rajendran, 21, a native of Palakulangara near Thaliparamba in Kannur, died on the spot while the condition of two other SFI workers — T Abhijith of Kollam and Amal B of Thrissur — remains stable, the police said. Both are under treatment at the Idukki Medical College Hospital. Nikhil Paily, a local Youth Congress leader and a resident of Maniyarankudy was arrest, ed while Jerin Joji, another YC worker, was taken into custody . Paily has confessed to the crime, according to reports. Four other KSU workers have also been arrested. CM Pinarayi Vijayan termed the incident highly saddening and said he has issued directives to bring the culprits to the book. “It is highly saddening. We won’t allow any attempt to create tension in educational institutions,” said Pinarayi. State Congress chief K Sudhakaran said his party would not support any sort of violence. “It’s the SFI that terrorises campuses. They don’t have any right to blame us,” he said. The clash between the KSU and the SFI began around 1pm when the students went for lunch after polling in the col- E x p ress N e w s S er v i c e @Kochi/T’Puram Police officers guard the Government Engineering College in Painavu following the death of SFI activist Dheeraj Rajendran on Monday | Express A chase that ended in murder 1pm Clash between KSU and SFI activists began after polling on the college election day SFI workers questioned the presence of a group of YC workers at the college gate and tried to chase them away Dheeraj Rajendran It is highly saddening. We won’t allow any attempt to create tension in educational institutions Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister lege elections, held as part of the Kerala Technical University college union elections. A 15-member group of Youth Congress workers was camping at the college gate area. SFI workers questioned their presence and tried to chase them away. Police said that after reaching the bridge connecting the district panchayat and a museum 100 metres away from the Guv: Shocked VC can’t write two lines without mistakes Left organisations that have turned colleges and universities into places where students cannot study have no right to blame the Congress — K Sudhakaran, state Congress chief college, the Youth Congress workers turned back and attacked the SFI activists with knives, resulting in the murder. Kerala is witnessing a campus murder after more than three years. The previous incident was in July 2018 when Ab, himanyu, an SFI worker, was murdered by an activist of the Campus Front at Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam. P2 P R amdas @ Kochi IN A development that will have serious ramifications, the office of the Director-General of Prosecution (DGP) has cast doubts on the conduct of the investigating officer in the sensational parallel telephone exchange case in which 168 Pakistani and two Chinese nationals are involved. The DGP’s office said the police officer is not interested in arresting Abdul Gafoor, who is one of the key conspirators and main beneficiary . Six accused have been arrested while Gafoor is absconding. Police could make more inroads into the case if he is nabbed. A senior officer with the DGP’s office, in a letter on Jan- EXPRESS READ Elderly couple found murdered in house Palakkad: An elderly couple was found dead with multiple stab wounds in their house in Puduppariyaram in Palakkad on Monday. The deceased persons are Chandran, 68, and his wife, Devi alias Daivana, 54, of Mayuram house, Pratheeksha Nagar in Otturkaad. P5 Trial in nun rape case over, verdict on Jan 14 Kottayam: The additional district and sessions court in Kottayam on Monday completed the trial in the rape case filed by nun against former bishop of the Jalandhar diocese Franco Mulakkal. The court is likely to pronounce the judgment on January 14. P5 Deploy medical students, no need to test asymptomatic: Centre to states S umi S ukan ya D u t ta @ New Delhi E x p ress N e w s S er v i c e @T’Puram In the continuing tussle with the LDF government, a fuming Governor Arif Mohammed Khan on Monday highlighted the poor standard of vice-chancellors appointed at various state universities. He said he was shocked by a letter written by Kerala University Vice-Chancellor V P Mahadevan Pillai on his proposal to confer DLitt on President Ram Nath Kovind. “I was shocked by the language used by the VC of the University of Kerala and it took me 10 minutes to recover,” he told media persons. It was astonishing that a person in the VC rank could not even write two lines without making mistakes. Governor Khan also confirmed for the first time that he had instructed the VC to honour the President by conferring DLitt on him. “In reply to the instruction, the VC responded that the university syndicate had turned down the proposal. When I asked to give that in writing, he handed over a twoline handwritten statement. The language of the letter shocked me as the VC of the oldest university in the country could not even write two lines without mistakes,” he ● More on P4 said. After reaching a bridge 100 metres away from the college, the YC workers attacked the SFI activists, resulting in the murder Within hours of the murder of engineering student Dheeraj Rajasekharan in Idukki, violent incidents were reported from different parts of the state as protest marches organised by SFI workers turned out to be forums for revenge attacks. Around 10 KSU workers, including a girl, sustained injuries as SFI workers beat them up at Maharajas College, Ernakulam, in the afternoon. Offices of the Congress and its feeder organisations were attacked widely in Kannur district. Tension prevailed for over an hour in Malappuram as SFI and DYFI workers attempted to breach police security and enter the Town Hall where Congress state president K Sudhakaran was addressing a meeting. In Kollam, SFI workers tried to stop the vehicle of RSP leader N K Premachandran, MP, but the police intervened and cleared the way He was on his . way to a function at Chavara when SFI workers noticed his vehicle. In Punalur, Congress flag poles in front of the party office were allegedly destroyed by SFI workers who undertook a protest march in the ● More on P2 evening. Police accused of protecting call exchange case conspirator Only 50 allowed to attend functions The state has brought down the number of people permitted at wedding and funeral functions to 50. Until now, the attendees allowed for indoor and outdoor functions were 75 and 150, respectively. The meeting did not discuss the closure of schools and reimposition of night curfew. P4 Though the current rate of hospitalisation of Covid patients is just 5-10% as against 20-23% during the second wave, the Centre on Monday urged states to augment human resources by engaging retired medical professionals or MBBS students as was done last year. They can be used for teleconsultation as well as providing training to community volunteers in basic care and management at Covid Care Centres, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said in a letter to all states. BSc nursing students of third and fourth year, too, can be deployed, he suggested. Later in the day the Indian Council , of Medical Research issued an advisory saying asymptomatic individuals and contacts of Covid-positive patients, unless identified as high risk based on age or comorbidities, should not be tested for the infection. While the advisory is aimed at conserving resources, it also means that the count of frech cases could significantly go under the radar. Bhushan’s letter acknowledged that various states have initiated steps for setting up jumbo health facilities, including field hospitals and temporary hospitals. But both infrastructure and human resources have their limitations, he said. Therefore, it is important to conserve healthcare workers by staggering their deployment wherever possible and by restricting elective procedures in the hospitals, he said. As for the private sector, he said: “It must also be ensured that charges... are reasonable and there is a mechanism to monitor and initiate action in cases of over-charging.” P7 NATIONWIDE jan 09 jan 10 statewide Jan 09 Jan 10 Fresh cases 1,59,632 1,79,723 Fresh cases Recoveries 40,863 46,569 Recoveries Deaths 327 146 Deaths 6,238 2,390 30 5,797 2,796 19 o u t ra g e Actor Siddharth’s nasty tweet lands him in trouble E x p ress N e w s S er v i c e @ Chennai Snarky social media posts, especially if they are double entendres, can land you in serious trouble. Actor Siddharth finds himself at the receiving end after his nasty tweet against badminton ace Saina Nehwal’s post condemning the recent lapse in security when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Punjab. The National Commission for Women on Monday came down on him like a ton of bricks by taking suo motu cognisance of the matter and wrote to Twitter asking it to block his account. Parallelly, it wrote to the Maharashtra Police directing it to register an FIR against him under relevant sections, saying his remarks were lewd, inappropriate and misogynist. It all began on Wednesday last, when Modi’s convoy was blocked by protesting far mers in Punjab. Saina, who is also a member of the BJP, tweeted: “No nation can claim itself to be safe if the security of its own PM gets compromised. I condemn, in the strongest words possible, the cowardly attack on PM Modi by anarchists. #BharatStandsWithModi #PM- Modi.” Siddharth’s’s acidic comment came a day later: “Subtle cock champion of the world... Thank God we have protectors of India. Folded hands. Shame on you #Rihanna.” Saina’s husband Parupalli Kashyap said, “This is upsetting for us. Express ur opinion but choose better words man.” But Siddharth kept defending the indefensible. “COCK & BULL” That’s the reference,” he tweeted. HC directed Gafoor to surrender immediately The High Court, after dismissing Abdul Gafoor’s bail application on November 5, had directed him to surrender before the investigation officer CB assistant commissioner T P Sreejith uary 6, asked the state police chief to arrest Gafoor without further delay . “(It seems) the (investigation) officer has some connection with the accused. He has full knowledge of his (Gafoor’s) activities. Despite this, I feel the officer is not interested in arresting the accused in a case which even the Kerala High Court has viewed as serious,” the letter said. In a report on January 9 — ‘Keralite sold call routes to Pakistan, Chinese nationals; admits to foreign links’ — TNIE had brought out the involvement of Pakistani and Chinese nationals in the case. The High Court, after dismissing Gafoor’s bail application on November 5, had directed him to surrender before the investig ation of ficer forthwith. The letter stated that the investigating officer, Crime Branch (Kozhikode) Assistant Commissioner T P Sreejith, used to contact the prosecutor who opposed the bail plea. “It appears the investigating officer took no effort to arrest the accused despite the High Court dismissing the latter’s bail application,” the letter said. SC panel to investigate PM’s security breach K A N U SA R DA @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Monday said it would set up a highlevel committee headed by a retired SC judge to probe the security lapse during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Punjab last week. A threejudge bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana also ordered the inquiry committees of the Centre and the Punjab government to stop their investigations into the January 5 security lapse. “We are taking the PM’s security breach very seriously,” the bench remarked, while hear- ing the plea of ‘Lawyers Voice’ seeking a thorough investigation into the breach in Modi’s security in Punjab to ensure there is no such incident in the future. While a detailed order is yet to be passed, the bench said it proposes to include the Director General of Police in Chandigarh, the ADGP (security) in Punjab, an Inspector General of the National Investigation Agency and the Registrar General of the Punjab and Haryana HC in the committee. The order came after the Punjab government demanded an independent probe.
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