r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2015-2017 WEATHER 0 RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE 0 31.0 C.23.0 C. Sunrise: 06: 05 Sunset: 06: 32 HUMIDITY Morning : 81 Evening : 57 — Her Holiness Mataji NATION “Meditation is the only way you can grow.” VOL. 7 NO. 84 | BHOPAL BHOPAL | FRIDAY | SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 | PAGES 14 EDIT TERROR FUNDING: NIA RAIDS 11 PLACES IN J&K, NCR JUSTICE CATCHES UP WITH MUMBAI BLASTS ACCUSED Abu Salem escapes noose, two get death, two lifer 1993 MUMBAI SERIAL BLASTS he much-awaited on sentencing 24 Tquantum ofMarchverdictcamethe years after the 12, 1993 serial blasts and nearly 80 days after they were found guilty. Mumbai Gangster Abu Salem on Thursday escaped death penalty in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case as a Special TADA Court sentenced two convicts to death while awarding him 25 years jail sentence in accordance with the provisions of the extradition treaty with Portugal that bars extreme punishment for him. Special Judge G A Sanap pronounced the death verdict on Mohammed Taher Merchant, 55 and Feroze Abdul Rashid Khan, 47, for their role in the blasts, said Special Public Prosecutor Deepak Salve. Besides Salem, 50, the Special Court sent Karimullah Khan, 55, to jail for life, and fifth convict, Riyaz Siddiqui, 67, to 10 years rigorous imprisonment. "As per the Extradition Treaty between India-Portugal, this is the maximum sentence permissible to him since the death penalty is banned in Portugal where he was first arrested," Special Public Prosecutor Deepak Salve said after the verdict. The judge also slapped varying amounts of fines on the convicts after finding them guilty on various charges, including murder, hatching a criminal conspiracy to carry out the blasts, waging a war DEATH SENTENCE l TAHIR MERCHANT l FIROZ ABDUL RASHID KHAN LIFE IMPRISONMENT l ABU SALEM l KARIMULLAH KHAN 10 YEARS' SENTENCE l RIYAZ SIDDIQUI Salem Karimullah ACQUITTED l ABDUL QUAYYUM FOR WANT OF EVIDENCE SALEM was one of the main conspirators, and he delivered three AK-56 rifles, ammunition and hand grenades to actor Sanjay Dutt (convicted under the Arms Act in the earlier phase of the trial). Salem, who was close to (absconding accused Dawood Ibrahim's brother) Anees Ibrahim and Dossa, took upon of himself to bring a part of arms and ammunition from Dighi to Mumbai, the court had said. TAHIR MERCHANT was amongst the main conspirators. He worked with (absconding conspirator) Tiger Memon, participated in several conspiracy meetings in Dubai. Tahir made travel arrangements, financed the stay and travel of several co-accused and facilitated their training in Pakistan, the court noted. FIROZ was one of the main conspirators and participated in all the "landings" of weapons effected by Dossa brothers in Raigad district special TADA court had six persons, including AconvictedMustafa Dossain June mastermind and Salem, in the serial blasts case, 24 years after the attacks left 257 people dead in the country's financial capital. Dossa died of cardiac arrest at J J Hospital in Mumbai, shortly after being convicted, on June 28. against the nation, supplying arms and ammunition, and other serious offences, Salve told media persons after the ruling. All the six accused, including Mustafa Dossa, were earlier pronounced guilty by the Special Court on June 16. However Dossa, 60, died of a heart attack on June 28. They were convicted and sentenced under various laws including Indian Penal Code, TADA, Explosives Act, Explosive Substances Act, Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act and others. For perpetrating their heinous acts, the conspirators acquired and smuggled deadly arms and ammunition, detonators, hand grenades and nearly three tonnes of the deadly RDX (Research & Development Explosive - or Cyclotrimethylene Trinitramine), which was used for the first time after World War II on such a scale.However, another accused Abdul Qayyum, 64, was acquitted from the case for lack of sufficient evidence against him and later released from jail. CONTD. ON P10 Spectre of drought haunts 32 districts of MP; Central team arrives today CS seeks info through Video-conferencing OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL G News Brief FRAMING OF CHARGES IN TEJPAL ON SEPT 28 PANAJI: A Goa court on Thursday ordered framing of charges against senior journalist Tarun Tejpal, accused of sexually assaulting and raping a former woman colleague nearly four years ago. CBI SUMMONS LALU, SON TEJASHWI NEW DELHI: The CBI has summoned former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and his son Tejashwi for questioning in connection with alleged corruption case. The RJD leader has been asked to appear for questioning at the agency headquarter on September 11 and Tejashwi the next day. BLUE WHALE GAME: FORTIS LAUNCHES 24X7 HELPLINE NEW DELHI: Fortis Healthcare on Thursday launched a 24x7 helpline 8376804102 to provide psychological support to teenagers increasingly getting trapped in online game Blue Whale Challenge. With the meteorological department indicating that the monsoon is about to bid adieu to the state, the state government's concerns are mounting. Thirty-two of the 51 districts may face a drought unless a miracle brings down rains in copious quantities over the next couple of days. A Central team, led by a joint secretary, is arriving here on Friday to take stock of the situation. The team will interact with the collectors through video-conferencing to get a feel of the ground situation. The chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has asked the departments concerned to prepare an action plan for dealing with the situation arising out of the paucity of rains. On Thursday, the chief secretary B.P. Singh sought information on the rain situation from the district collectors. He asked them to wait till September 30 and if it doesn't rain by then, The team will interact with the collectors through video-conferencing to get a feel of the ground situation they can send in their proposals for drought relief to the government. He said that funds will not be allowed to come in way of extending relief to the farmers and the others. Due to paucity of rains, Jabalpur, Balaghat, Chhindwara, Seoni, Mandla, Dindori, Narsinghpur, Sagar, Damoh, Tikamgarh, Chhatarpur, Sidhi, Shahdol, Anuppur, Alirajpur, Umaria, Dewas, Shajapur, Morena, Sheopur, Bhind, Gwalior, Datia, Bhopal, Sehore, Raisen, Vidisha, Harda, Betul and Hoshangabad districts may face drought. Alot SDM, others assaulted for preventing illegal mining FP NEWS SERVICE Alot G Sub divisional magistrate of Alot, Veer Singh Chouhan, naib tehsildar Ramniwas Waktariya, four patwaris, two home guard jawans and policemen, who were out to stop illegal mining, were assaulted in a nearby village on Thursday . The SDM and others were returning to Alot in the night along with three JCB machines and and four tractors, which they had seized from Kamlakhedi and Bojhakedi villages near Laxmipura. Allegedly villagers surrounded them and attacked them with an intention to reclaim the seized vehicles. PAST FATAL INCIDENTS: March 8, 2012 - An IPS officer Narendra Kumar was killed when he tried to stop a tractor loaded with illegal mined stones. The wife of slain police officer, an IAS officer, alleged that local mining mafia assassinated her husband as he was taking concerted efforts to stop the corrupt practice. March 6, 2016 - A forest guard was killed when he tried to stop a trolley carrying illegal mined. The vehicle fell on him. Bundelkhand Package: Bikes carted gravel; ponds were never dug RAJESH THAKUR BHOPAL G The forest department used motorcycles and scooters to transport gravel and other construction minerals. At some place, one pond was dug and payment was claimed for two under the Bundelkhand Mitigation Package. These are among the findings of the Chief Technical Examiner (CTE) in his random inspections. The Government of India had sanctioned a Bundelkhand Mitigation Package of Rs 3,800 crore in the year 2010 for six districts Sagar, Damoh, www.freepressjournal.in | ` 2.50 CTE REPORT KEY FINDINGS In Panna district, nine out of five watersheds were never constructed though the amount was spent. I Twenty-three vehicles which were shown as tractors and JCB machines were found to be motorcycles, scooters, auto rickshaws and cars. I In Tikamgarh, Damoh, Chhattarpur and Datia districts around 60 per cent of the amount was embezzled. I Panna, Chhatttarpur, Tikamgarh and Datia. The objective was to solve the problem of recurrent droughts in thesse areas. Under the package Rs 107 crore was allocated for construction of ponds and other water bodies in the forest areas. Taking advantage of the fact that forests are away from public gaze, the department's personnel embezzled a major portion of this amount. The High Court had ordered the state government to institute an enquiry into the alleged corruption in the execution of the project on a petition filed by social activist Pawan Ghuwara. The CTE was entrusted with the enquiry CONTD. ON P10 . NHRC notice to MP govt over 'refusal' to treat HIV+ve woman New Delhi Terming it the "worst example of cruelty", the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday issued notice to the Madhya Pradesh government over reports that doctors at a district hospital allegedly refused to treat a woman at an advance stage of pregnancy after they found she was HIVpositive. "Even as the woman delivered twins outside the maternity ward (of the Tikamgarh District Hospital), the hospital staff did not attend to them and as a result, the twins died half- an-hour after their birth on September 6," the NHRC said. "It is indeed the worst example of cruelty by the doctors and hospital staff, who turned their back to a patient whose life was in danger and who was in extreme need of medical care," it added. Taking suo motu cognisance of media reports on the incident, the commission has issued notice to the chief secretary of the Madhya Pradesh government and sought a detailed report within four weeks, along with details of the action taken against the guilty doctors and staff of the hospital. The commission said despite her advanced pregnancy the , woman was "referred to a hospital at Jhansi and pushed out of the maternity ward". PTI SPORTS THOUGHT FOR THE DAY YUVI NOT PART OF TOP 74 PLAYERS AS SELECTORS NAME BP XI SQUAD Hours apart, three derailment and one near miss, Rly faces tough day New Delhi/Sonbhadra/Khandala Three trains jumped off the tracks and another derailment was averted on Thursday in Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi and Maharashtra within a span of nine hours, the latest in a string of such incidents which saw the exit of Suresh Prabhu as railway minister in the Cabinet reshuffle last Sunday . Ironically these mishaps oc, curred on a day Piyush Goyal, the new railway minister, chaired a high-level meeting with Railway Board officials to discuss ways for ensuring safe operation of trains. The spate of derailments over the past few weeks has raised concerns over the safety of railway operations despite large-scale overhaul of the infrastructure of the public sector transporter in the last couple of years. Railway ministry officials said the derailments did not result in any major damage or casualties as all of them were approaching stations and were travelling at slow speed. The hattrick of derailments are the first since Goyal shifted to Rail Bhavan after the Cabinet recast. Suresh Prabhu, his predecessor, had reportedly offered to step down taking moral responsibility for two previous accidents. On August 20, 14 coaches of Kalinga-Utkal Puri Haridwar Express had derailed in Muzaffarnagar district, killing at least 23 people and leaving scores injured. Three days later, nine coaches of the Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express had derailed in the Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh after it collided with a dumper, which had strayed on to the tracks, leaving around 100 passengers injured. PTI 6:25 AM 7 COACHES OF JABALPUR-BOUND SHAKTIKUNJ EXPRESS DERAIL IN UP The first derailment occurred at 6:25 am when seven coaches of the Jabalpur-bound Shaktipunj Express went off the tracks near the Obra Dam station in UP's Sonbhadra district. The train was coming from Howrah.Official sources said the train was running at a speed of about 40 km/hr which might have prevented any injuries being caused to the passengers. 11:45 AM RANCHI-DELHI RAJDHANI DERAILS Within hours, at around 11:45 am, engine and power car of the Ranchi-Delhi Rajdhani Express derailed near Minto bridge in the national capital, leaving one person injured. At the time of the incident, the train was running at a speed of around 5 km/hr 3:55 PM GOODS TRAIN DERAILS IN M'RSHTRA These were followed by yet another derailment of a goods train in Maharashtra's Khandala at 3:55 pm. Two wagons of a goods train derailed near here LOCALS FLAG RAIL FRACTURE, MISHAP AVERTED An accident was averted after locals spotted a fracture in a track between Farrukhabad and Fatehgarh in UP, minutes before the Kalindi Express was scheduled to pass the place, officials said in Farrukhabad.