bhubaneswar l sunday l march 19, 2023 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l jeypore EDITION Pak court lets Imran go without indictment in Toshakhana case Islamabad’s additional district and sessions judge allows ex-Pak PM to mark his attendance from his vehicle and leave the court premises Imran’s car surrounded by supporters as he leaves for Islamabad | AP Clashes outside the judicial complex Police storm into Imran’s Lahore home Clashes erupted between security forces and Khan’s supporters outside the judicial complex in Islamabad ahead of his appearance before the court. Khan reached the court premises but his efforts to reach the courtroom were thwarted due to the deteriorating law and order situation. Following this the judge, who waited for hours for Khan, let him go without indictment ■ Parallelly, over 10,000 armed Punjab police personnel stormed Khan’s residence in Lahore on Saturday and arrested his party workers ■ The police personnel used a power shovel to remove the barricades and tents at the entrance of the residence and conducted a search at the house after demolishing its main gate and walls | P9 61 People were arrested from Imran’s house after police stormed it 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 Major crackdown on Khalistani leader Amritpal 78 supporters arrested, preacher on the run; Punjab govt suspends internet services ed on the spot but Amritpal managed to escape by shifting IN a major crackdown against to another vehicle. radical Khalistani leader and Police officials said AmritWaris Punjab De chief Amrit- pal’s associates are involved in pal Singh, the Punjab police on four criminal cases relating to Saturday arrested 78 of his sup- spreading disharmony among porters but the radical preach- classes, attempt to murder, ater gave them the slip when his tack on policemen and preventcavalcade was intercepted near ing public servants from doing Jalanadhar. The state their duty . government has susSupporters of Amritpended internet servicpal shared some uncones till Sunday noon to firmed videos on social prevent rumours. media claiming that poThe police registered licemen were chasing a case against Amritpal them. A video also and his supporters on showed Amritpal sitting February 24 for attack- Amritpal Singh in a vehicle with one of ing the Ajnala police his aides shouting the station near Amritsar a day policemen were after them. earlier. His supporters branAmritpal gained notoriety dishing swords and guns when a man approached police clashed with police in which last month complaining he had six policemen were injured. been kidnapped and beaten up Sources said the Dubai-re- by the preacher’s supporters. turned preacher was on his Officials said the Union way to Muktsar Sahib when he Home Ministry is “closely monwas stopped at the Shahkot- itoring” the situation in the Malsian Road in Jalandhar dis- state following renewed activitrict. Seven people were arrest- ties of Khalistani elements. H a r p r ee t B a j w a @ Chandigarh Nature Worship WITH THIS ISSUE PLUS 12 PAGES Faulty HSC question papers leave students worried E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Cuttack A goof-up in the question papers of social science subject in the High School Certificate (HSC) examinations left the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) redfaced while causing serious worry for the students on Saturday . The students appearing the HSC Summative Assessment-2 were left confused after finding the erroneous question papers. The exams are being conducted in 3,218 centres across the state. the India Today conclave. He said the world’s intellectuals are optimistically saying Responding for the first ‘This is India’s moment.’ Yet, time to Congress leader Rahul some people are adamant in Gandhi’s recent ‘democracy showing the country in bad under siege’ barb in London, light and hurting the moral of Prime Minister Narenpeople and the country . dra Modi on Saturday Attacking the Opposisaid the success of Intion, the PM said earlier dia’s democracy and its scams and corruption institutions is hurting made newspaper headsome people, which is lines. But now, action why they are bent on atagainst the corrupt are tacking it. hitting headlines. He Taking an apparent said when action against dig at the Opposition, the corrupt happens, the PM quipped: “When The world some people join hands something auspicious is realises India’s to hit the streets. ideas and happening, there is a Highlighting the govtradition to apply kaala capabilities are e r n m e n t ’s a ch i eve tika (black dot). So when for the global ments, Modi said dronegood, so it’s so many auspicious driven surveys of 2.34 saying this is things are happening, lakh villages have been India’s some people have taken completed and the PM moment the responsibility to apSwamitav cards have ply this kaala tika.” been given to as amnay India, he said, has shown the as 1.22 crore people. “Today Inwhole world that democracy dia is number one in smart can deliver. “I am confident phone data consumption, is the that despite all such attacks, In- second biggest mobile manudia will continue shining and facturing nation and has the move forward to meet its objec- third biggest startup ecosystives.” Modi was addressing tem,” Modi added. Rajesh Kumar Thakur @ New Delhi welcome showers Commuters brave a sudden downpour in Bhubaneswar on Saturday | Shamim Qureshy express read SC upholds `533 per day allowance to Odisha police home guards Cuttack: The Supreme Court has dismissed Odisha government’s appeal against the Orissa High Court’s judgment and order to pay the home guards duty call allowance (DCA) at `533 per day. The court stated that the arrears at the above rate per day shall be paid from June 1, 2018 and not January 2020 | P3 Trump says he will be arrested on Tuesday, asks supporters to protest Washington: Former US President Donald Trump said he expects to be “arrested” on Tuesday over hush money allegedly paid to a porn star before the 2016 election, calling on his supporters to protest. The investigation centres on $1,30,000 paid to stop Stormy Daniels from going public about an affair she says she had with Trump years earlier | P9 Maoists kill villager for felling trees, issue warning to 9 others E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Umerkote/Bhubaneswar Maoists shot dead a man at Laxmanpur village in Raighar block of Nabarangpur district on Friday night accusing him of being part of the timber mafia that was allegedly destroying forests in the region. The 38-year-old Narayan Nagesh was shot dead by a group of 30 rebels in front of his house. Before leaving the village, the Maoists, claiming to belong to the Mainpur-Nuapada divisional committee, left some posters near Narayan’s body stating the reason behind the murder. They alleged Narayan was a part of the forest mafia and warned others to refrain from chopping trees in the forest. Forest mafia comprising people of other states are felling trees and threatening tribals, who oppose them, by using the police and the administration, a poster stated. Narayan was warned in the past through the posters issued by the members of Bhakpa group but to no avail, another poster read. The posters have also mentioned the names of eight to nine other persons for allegedly felling trees in the forest. On being informed, a Raighar police team reached the village on Saturday and recovered N a r ay a n ’ s b o d y. T h e body was handed over to the victim’s family after autopsy Raighar IIC . Pramod Nayak said the rebels also issued threat to nine locals of dire consequences if they cut trees in the Continued on P5 forest. Muslim League communal but not extremist: RSS The Muslim League is a communal party but it is a democratic organisation and doesn’t support extremism, according to RSS Prant Sanghchalak (state president) K K Balaram and Prant Karyavah (state secretary) P N Eswaran. Interacting with mediapersons here on Saturday the lead, ers said the RSS is ready to hold healthy debates with all organisations other than extremist and anti-national forces. On the purported meeting between the Jamaat-e-Islami and the RSS last month in Delhi, Easwaran said: “There was no discussion with Jamaat-e-Islami. A delegation of Islamic scholars had met RSS leaders in New Delhi and there was a leader of Jamaat-e-Islami in the delegation.” He said the Sangh recently held discussions with a few Muslim leaders in Malappuram including a Muslim League MLA. “The visit to the MLA’s office was part of our Jan Sampark programme,” he added. Easwaran said the RSS has different approaches towards Jamaat-e-Islami and the Muslim League. “We are open towards IUML because we don’t believe that they have extremist views. The League leaders K K Balaram (left) and P N Eswaran with whom we interacted said they don’t support extremism. If the Jamaat-e-Islami changes its policy we are ready for talks , with them also. We are always open for discussions and Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat had attended three events conducted by Muslim organisa- Superintendent of all the examination centres have been asked to provide a list of students who received the erroneous question set while appearing for the social science exam, he added. “We have also detected the printing and binding error and will take necessary action to check such reoccurrence in future,” said Hazra. Meanwhile, parents and guardians of the students blamed the gross irresponsibility on the part of BSE officials for such an error. Pat n a fo r i n t e r ro g at i o n . Earlier, the Patna High Court The most wanted suspect in had rejected his bail petition. the fake videos that alleged atFollowing the court order to tacks on guest workers in Tamil attach his property, a police Nadu, surrendered at a police team went to his village on Satstation in Bihar’s West Cham- urday and executed it. paran district in a different A Tamil Nadu police team is case on Saturday . already in Patna to The police described question Kashyap. The Yo u T u b e r M a n i s h team is set to move a loKashyap as the kingpin cal court seeking his poof the hate videos, as he lice remand. had allegedly produced The EOU had regisand circulated them. tered its first FIR in the Kashyap was on the fake video case and run ever since the conbooked four persons, introversy snowballed but Manish Kashyap cluding Kashyap on surfaced after a Bettiah March 6. One of them, court ordered attachAman Kumar from Jament of his property in a an- m u i , h a s a l r e a d y b e e n other case. At least seven crimi- arrested. nal cases are pending against Additional Director General him in West Champaran dis- of Police J S Gangwar had retrict alone. cently said 30 fake videos of miParallelly, the Economic Of- grants getting beaten up and fences Unit (EOU) seized four killed in TN were widely shared bank accounts that belonged to on social media, creating panic him and his YouTube company among labourers. . They had had a total of `42 The Tamil Nadu Police have lakh in deposits. also registered 13 cases in this Kashyap has been taken to connection. R a m a s h a n k a r @ Patna different strokes E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kochi student. BSE president Ramasish Hazra admitted to the errors in question papers and assured examinees not to be worried as the board would take care of it. “We have received complaints from some examination centres and are aware of the errors. There are some printing and binding mistakes in some question paper booklets of Set B. The students need not worry as they will not be affected by the mistake,” said Hazra adding that the board would consider it and take appropriate steps. Key suspect in fake vid on TN attacks gives up swipe at rahul Some hurt by success of democracy, says PM The students alleged that there were several questions from Set A in Set B question paper. Besides, the question no 19 was also missing from set B. As a result, the students only attempted 49 questions. The board provides different sets of question papers classified as ‘Sets’ to students to avoid malpractice in the exams. “Out of the total 50 questions, question no 19 was missing while as many as 11 questions from Set A were in Set B booklet. I got confused and didn’t know what to do,” said a tions last year,” he added. Balaram said the RSS has been able to remove scepticism among Christians, which helped in having healthy debates with them. “We have a robust system for discussions with Christian communities at the state and district levels. The Christian community itself has come forward for talks and we interacted with many bishops recently he said. ,” On the BJP’s chances, they said vote bank politics have posed hurdles in improving its support base. Kerala is in the grip of coalition politics. Even neutral voters are forced to support either of the two fronts. 8,000 shakhas in Kerala The number of shakhas in Kerala will be ramped up to 8,000 from 5,359, the two leaders said. A special scheme for will be launched in villages where RSS has over 100 members
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