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                                                                   Moily slams writer, Geelani,
                                                                      BJP demands arrest
                                                                 NEW DELHI, OCT 26/—/ As the authori-                New Delhi,” he said. Demanding action
                                                                 ties contemplate filing a criminal case
                                                                 against them, a senior Union minister today
                                                                 slammed Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah
                                                                                                                     against Geelani and Roy, BJP spokesperson
                                                                                                                     Nirmala Sitharaman said, “The language
                                                                                                                     used certainly threatens the constitutional
                                                                                                                                                                       Writer unfazed, defends remarks
                                                                                                                                                                       NEW DELHI, OCT 26/—/            has made two speeches in            India should be hanged,”
                                                                 Geelani and writer Arundhati Roy for stat-          integrity of the country and the answer           Under attack over her state-    New Delhi and Srinagar in           Kumar said. “No power in the
                                                                 ing that Kashmir is not an integral part of         given at that time by the Home Minister was       ments on Kashmir, writer        the past few days in which          world can disintegrate Kash-
                                                                 India while the BJP demanded that the two           that there was a recording available and he       Arundhati Roy today said        she sought independence for         mir from India. The UPA is si-
                                                                 be arrested on sedition charges.                    would want to see it and that he would take       she only spoke what “mil-       Kashmir from India. The             lent and is taking no action
                                                                     “Yes, there is freedom of speech...it           action, if necessary,” “We are waiting to see     lions of people” in Kashmir     writer said she has read in         on the people who made
                                                                 can’t violate the patriotic sentiments of the       what action the Home Minister is going to         say everyday for years.         newspapers that she may be          anti-India comments and
                                                                 people,” law minister Veerappa Moily said           take,” she said. Government has sought le-            “Pity the nation that has   arrested on charges of sedi-        that too in New Delhi,” he
                                                                 at a seminar here while terming their re-           gal opinion for taking action againstthe duo      to silence its writers for      tion for her remarks support-       said. Demanding action
                                                                 marks as “most unfortunate”. On BJP’s al-           under sedition and other charges. Hitting         speaking their minds,” Roy      ing ‘Azadi’ for Kashmir. “I         against Geelani and Roy, BJP
                                                                 legations that government remained silent                                                                                                                                 spokesperson        Nirmala
                                                                 on the developments, he said, “Politics can-                                                                                                                              Sitharaman said, “The lan-
                                                                 not be mixed with statements which border
                                                                 sedition.” Asked whether his ministry had
                                                                                                                                                         Pity the nation that needs to jail those who                                      guage used certainly threat-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ens the constitutional integ-
                                                                 received a request from the home ministry
                                                                 seeking its legal opinion on whether the two
                                                                                                                                                          ask for justice while communal killers,                                          rity of the country and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           answer given at that time by
                                                                 can be booked for sedition, the law minister
                                                                 said, “I was away for three days...I have not
                                                                                                                                                          mass murderers, corporate scamsters,                                             the Home Minister was that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           there was a recording avail-
                                                                 seen the file so far”.
                                                                     Roy, the Booker Prize winning author,
                                                                                                                                                        looters, rapists, and those who prey on the                                        able and he would want to
     Dhoni in Kolkata ------Sudipto Bhowmik/EOI                                                                                                                                                                                            see it and that he would take
                                                                 had said “Kashmir has never been an inte-
                                                                 gral part of India. It is a historical fact. Even
                                                                                                                                                                poorest of the poor roam free                                              action, if necessar y,” “We
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           are waiting to see what ac-
      I am successful because                                    the Indian government has accepted this.”
                                                                 At a convention in the capital on ‘Azadi—
                                                                                                                                                                            ————Booker prize-winning author and anti-
                                                                                                                                                                               globalisation activist Arundhati Roy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           tion the Home Minister is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           going to take,” she said. An-
         of a good team : Dhoni                                  The Only Way’, Geelani shared the stage
                                                                 with Roy and pro-Maoist leader Vara Vara            out at Geelani and Roy, Union minister and        said in a statement from        said what millions of people
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           other party spokesperson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Pr akash Javedekar said,
                                                                 Rao among others. Geelani, who harped on            former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister           Srinagar where she is on a      here say every day. I said          there is perfect case of sedi-
    KOLKATA: Skipper of the No. 1 Test side,                                                                                                                           visit. “Pity the nation that    what I as well as other com-
                                                                 independence for Kashmir, was heckled by            Farooq Abdullah said there was “too much                                                                              tion against Roy and Geelani
    Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday attributed
                                                                 a section of the audience with one of them          of freedom” that was being used by some to        needs to jail those who ask     mentators have written and          “T hat is why we have de-
    his success to the team and said he was lucky
    to get a good side. "I am a successful captain               throwing a shoe. Stepping up its offensive,         destroy the country. “There is too much of        for justice while communal      said for years.                     manded that an FIR be regis-
    because I have got a good team. Cricket is all               BJP demanded the arrests of Geelani and             freedom in India that some Indians them-          killers, mass murderers, cor-        “Anybody who cares to          tered against them and they
    about a team game. I have got some great play-               Roy on charges of sedition, saying anyone           selves are taking advantage of this and de-       porate scamsters, looters,      read the transcripts of my          should be arrested.” Gov-
    ers who back each other, help each other and                 who speaks against the country should be            stroying the country. There are no limits of      rapists, and those who prey     speeches will see that they         ernment has sought legal
    that really helps the cause of the team," Dhoni              hanged. . Picking on the Government, BJP            the way they are using this freedom,” he          on the poorest of the poor,     were fundamentally a call           opinion for taking action
    said of his side which boasts of Sachin                      general secretary Ananth Kumar said it was          said on being asked about the speeches            roam free,” she said.           for justice,” she said. Picking     against the duo under sedi-
    Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and                      in a “dilemma” on whether or not to take            made by Roy and Geelani. Asked if people              Her statement came          on the Government, BJP              tion and other charges. Hit-
    Virender Sehwag. Asked about India's prepa-                  action ag ainst Geelani and Roy. “We con-           such as Roy were exploiting the freedom of        against the backdrop of the     general secretary Ananth            ting out at Geelani and Roy,
    ration for the World Cup next year, Dhoni said,              demn this approach and demand the imme-             speech, Abdullah said, “Country has given         government contemplating        Kumar said it was in a “di-         Union minister and former
    "It's about four months away which seems a                   diate arrest of the two. Anyone speaking            the freedom, it is up to them how they use        taking action against her       lemma” on whether or not to         Jammu and Kashmir Chief
    short time, but we have two series against New               against India should be hanged,” Kumar              this freedom. It is for them to realise what is   and hardline Hurriyat           take action against Geelani
    Zealand at home and South Africa away in be-
                                             ,                                                                                                                                                                                             Minister Farooq Abdullah
                                                                 said. “No power in the world can disinte-           right and what is wrong. What to say and          leader Syed Ali Shah            and Roy. “We condemn this           said there was “too much of
    tween. I really hope that the top players don't




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                                                                 grate Kashmir from India. The UPA is silent         what not to say is for a person to decide.” On    Geelani under charges of se-    approach and demand the             freedom” that was being
    get injured and are available."                                                                                                                                    dition and seeking legal        immediate arrest of the two.
                                                                 and is taking no action on the people who           her part, Roy declined to comment on the                                                                              used by some to destroy the
                                                                 made anti-India comments and that too in            moves to book her.(PTI)                           opinion in this regard. Roy     Anyone speaking against                      .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           country (PTI)




Bihar Court admits complaints                                                                      Won’t indulge
                                                                                                   in astrology by
                                                                                                                                                            China rebuffs India                                                            Work to start
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           on AMU’’s
      against JD-U chief                                                                           predicting inflation                 Says policy on JK visas unchanged                                                                  Murshidabad
                                                                                                   rate:Pranab                         BEIJING, OCT 26 /—/ Rejecting New Del-         He was replying to questions whether the is-         campus
  T     Sharad relents, Cong demands arrest                                                        NEW DELHI, OCT 26 /—/
                                                                                                   Finance minister Pranab
                                                                                                                                       hi’s assertions that Beijing should respect
                                                                                                                                       India’s sensitivities on Kashmir, China to-
                                                                                                                                       day said that its policy of issuing stapled
                                                                                                                                                                                      sue would come up for discussions at the
                                                                                                                                                                                      meeting between Singh and Wen. He said of-
                                                                                                                                                                                      ficials of both the countries were in “touch”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           NEW DELHI, OCT 26 /—/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The first off-campus of
                                                                                                   Mukherjee today said he                                                                                                                 Aligarh Muslim University
MUZAFFARPUR, OCT 26/—/ A Bihar                  directed against Gandhi. “Yadav, by making                                             visas to Kashmiris would remain un-            with each other to arrange the meeting. In-
court today admitted a complaint against                                                           would not indulge in as-                                                                                                                is set to become a realty
                                                such a personal attack against Rahul Gan-                                              changed, in crucial comments ahead of a        dian officials expect the meeting to take
JD(U) President Sharad Yadav for his al-                                                           trology by predicting in-                                                                                                               soon with HRD Minister
                                                dhi, appears to have lost his mental balance,                                          meeting between Prime Ministers of the         place on October 30. Ma declined to com-
leged personal and inflammatory remarks                                                            flation, although he                                                                                                                    Kapil Sibal slated to lay the
                                                rather he has gone insane, I have received                                             two countries.                                 ment on the just concluded visit of Singh to
                                                                                                   hoped that the rate of                                                                                                                  foundation stone of the cen-
against Congress General Secretary Rahul        several SMSes from people that he should                                                   Weeks after external affairs minister S    Japan and the Indian Prime Minister’s talks
                                                                                                   price rise would moder-                                                                                                                 tre at Murshidabad in West
Gandhi. Chief Judicial Magistrate R C           be assigned to a mental asylum in Agra,”                                               M Krishna hoped that Beijing would main-       with his Japanese counterpart, Naoto Kan in          Bengal on November 20.
Malviya admitted the complaint filed by a       Minister of State for Petroleum Jitin Prasad       ate. “...I would not in-
                                                                                                   dulge in astrology (on in-          tain “neutrality” on the affairs related to    which China figured prominently. “We usu-                President      Pratibha
district Congress leader Umashankar Singh       told reporters at Patna airport before leaving                                         Jammu and Kash-                                                          ally do not com-           Patil, in her capacity as the
under Sections                                                              for campaigning.       flation rate)”, Mukherjee
                                                                                                                                       mir and respect In-                                                      ment on leaders            Visitor of the Var sity, had
153, 292 and 506                                                                State     Con-     told Economic Editors,                                                                                                                  recently given consent for
                                                                                                                                       dia’s sensitivities                                                      meeting from other
of the Indian Pe-                                                           gress spokesper-       when asked to comment                                                                                                                   the establishment of two
                                                                                                                                       on the issue, a Chi-                                                     countries.      Our
nal Code and                                                                son          Prem      on remarks of Prime                                                                                                                     such campuses, the other
                                                                                                                                       nese foreign minis-                                                      friendly position
fixed October 29                                                            Chandra Mishra         Minister      Manmohan                                                                                                                  one being at Malapurram in
                                                                                                                                       try spokesman said,                                                      with India remains
as next date for                                                            said the party         Singh that he was not an                                                                                                                Kerala.
                                                                                                                                       “Though China had                                                        unchanged. Mean-
hearing.                                                                    would not close        astrologer and won’t pre-                                                                                                                   Sources said the func-
                                                                                                                                       friendly relations                                                       while we value stra-
    Malviya also                                                            the chapter here       dict inflation. Singh,                                                                                                                  tion in Murshidabad is also
                                                                                                                                       with India, its                                                          tegic relations with       likely to be attended by Fi-
recorded       the                                                          and would ap-          while talking to report-
                                                                                                                                       policy towards the                                                       Japan,” Ma said. .         nance Minister Pranab
statement of the                                                            proach the Elec-       ers last month had said,
                                                                                                                                       stapled visas for                                                        China has been is-         Mukherjee and West Bengal
complainant in                                                              tion Commission        “let us hope, it (inflation)        residents of the                                                         suing stapled visas
                                                                                                   will come down in the                                                                                                                   Chief Minister Buddhadeb
which the latter                                                            for immediate ar-                                          state remained un-                                                       to residents of            Bhattacharya. The former
charg ed Yadav                                                              rest of Yadav for      coming months. I am not             changed.”        The                                                     Jammu and Kash-            had taken a key interest in
with making inflammatory and personal re-       his alleged inflammatory speech against the        an           astrologer”.           comments come ahead of this week’s meet-       mir since 2008. The policy had its biggest           early establishment of the
marks against Congress General Secretary        party General Secretary.                           Mukher jee,       however,          ing between Prime Minister Manmohan            fall out when China recently declined to             Murshidabad campus.
Rahul Gandhi at an election meeting at              “It would be better if Chief Minister          supplemented his com-               Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wen          grant visa to Lt.Gen. B S Jaswal, the Chief of
Fatua on the outskirts of Patna on Sunday.      Nitish Kumar intervenes advising Yadav to          ments by adding, “I will            Jiabao on the sidelines of East Asia Sum-      Indian Army’s northern command for offi-
    Earlier, an incensed Congress today de-
manded immediate arrest of Sharad Yadav
                                                apologise for his remarks,” he said. The
                                                JD(U) leader has already backtracked on
                                                                                                   try to bring it down
                                                                                                   through          whatever
                                                                                                                                       mit in Hanoi, Vietnam. The issue of stapled
                                                                                                                                       visa is likely to figure prominently at the
                                                                                                                                                                                      cial talks here on the ground that he headed
                                                                                                                                                                                      troops of a disputed area. The move
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           IT raids on BJP
for his remark against Rahul Gandhi and
said the JD(U) president had lost his mental
                                                his remarks that Rahul be thrown into the
                                                Ganga, claiming that his statement was “not
                                                                                                   mechanism we have...it              talks. Ma Zhaoxu, Chinese foreign ministry     prompted India to put on hold all defence            MLAs for the
                                                                                                   would be ideal if we have
balance even as Yadav sought to explain         against any persons but placed out of con-         4-5 per cent but may be
                                                                                                                                       spokesman said at his bi-weekly briefing,
                                                                                                                                       “As for the Indian Kashmir visa our policy
                                                                                                                                                                                      exchanges with China, even though Beijing
                                                                                                                                                                                      played down the move saying that defence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           second day
away saying his statement was “not at all”      text.” (PTI)                                       difficult” (PTI)                    is consistent and has stayed unchanged.”       ties are intact. (PTI)                               BANGALORE/BELLARY,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           OCT 26 /—/ Income Tax of-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ficials today carried out for


  ‘Pakistan Taliban killed Benazir Bhutto’
ISLAMABAD, OCT 26/—/                   head in the CCTV footage before a      Hussain, Sher Zaman, Aitzaz Shah
                                                                                                                                                                          Trinamool Congress
                                                                                                                                                                         ‘helping’ Maoists: CPM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the second day simultane-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ous raids at the premises of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           seven ruling BJP MLAs and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           mining firms in Bellary dis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           trict, including ministers
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)       powerful suicide blast killed at       and Abdul Rashid.           Khalid                                                       KOLKATA, OCT 26 /—/ CPI(M) today rubbished                          and mining magnates G
was responsible for the assassina-     least 24 people participating in       Mehmood who led the team that                                                            Trinamool’s allegations that it was capturing villages and          Janardhana Reddy and his
tion of former Prime Minister          the rally. The interior ministry at    probed the case told the daily that                                                      killing people in the guise of security forces, saying the          brother G Karunakara
Benazir Bhutto, concluded a            that time had accused Taliban of       its report will be presented before                                                      opposition party was “helping” Maoists in the state. “The                 .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Reddy Ten search teams, in-
probe carried out by the country’s     plotting to kill Bhutto while the      the court Oct 30.                                                                        Trinamool Congress is helping Maoists. The Centre has               cluding three from Delhi
Federal Investigation Agency.          doctors had said that “her head             The probe team had earlier                                                          adopted a policy of not seeing anything because of                  and one from Chennai, as-
     The agency is likely to submit    banged against the lever of the        decided to send a questionnaire to                                                       Trinamool’s suppor t. We will see how long the Centre               sisted by the Indo-Tibetan
                                                                                                                                                                       practises it,” CPI(M) central committee member                      Border Police raided the
its report before an anti-terrorism    sunroof which caused her death”.       the interior minister since he
                                                                                                                                                                       Mohammad Salim said. “If the Centre continues this                  premises of Janardhana
court Oct 30, Dawn reported Tues-          Sources said that the agency       could not be summoned or interro-
                                                                                                                                                                       policy, the people of the state will not toler ate it. We are       Reddy and Karunakara
day. The investigation report has      had not been able complete its in-     gated as he is a minister. However,                                                                                                                          Reddy and their business
                                                                                                                                                                       going to the people. We are not in politics with the help of
accused slain TTP chief Baitullah      vestigation earlier due to three ab-   no questionnaire was eventually                                                          Delhi,” he told a TV channel here commenting on                     associate B Sreeramulu in
Mehsud        of    masterminding      sconders - Abdur Rehman,               sent to him.                                                                             Trinamool’s demand to Union Home Minister P                         Hospet taluk and district
Bhutto’s murder.                       Saddam and Faiz Mohammad.                   Ashfaq Anwar, who was head                                                          Chidambaram for withdrawing the joint-forces from anti-             headquarters, Bellary. The
     Bhutto was assassinated Dec           The report now says that the       of Rawalpindi’s Elite Force at the                                                       Maoist operations in West Bengal. Trinamool leaders                 raids continued in at least
27, 2007 after addressing an elec-     three absconders were killed in a      time of the killing and was respon-                                                      Mukul Roy and Dinesh Trivedi, who met the Union Home                four mining firms in Hospet,
tion rally in the northern Pakistani   military operation in tribal areas.    sible f or Bhutto’s security, has                                                        Minister today, also alleged that CPI(M) cadre in the guise         the sources said, adding
city of Rawalpindi. A teenag ed            Five TTP member, who have          gone to Britain on a scholarship,                                                        of security forces were capturing villages and killing              “the raids are likely to con-
shooter was seen aiming for her        been arrested, are Rafaqat,            the media report said. (Agency)                                                          people in West Midnapore district. (PTI)                            tinue till the evening”. (PTI)



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