With 36 people killed in the violence triggered by supporters of the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda sect, authorities are now establishing the identity of the dead and conducting post-mortems.“We have 17 bodies here; post-mortem examination is being carried out … We will inform the police once it is over. They will inform the families after identification is completed,” V.K. Bansal, chief medical officer at the civil hospital in Panchkula, told The Hindu.The Haryana government on Saturday said that no resident of Panchkula, the epicentre of the violence, had been reported missing, injured or killed.Also Read Take judge by air to Rohtak jail to pronounce jail term for Dera chief, orders HC High security in PunjabPunjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh said the State had beefed up security at vital installations and was ready to enforce curfew in sensitive areas again, if needed. “It has also been decided to extend the ban on mobile data services in the State till Tuesday (August 29),” he said, adding that 19 potential trouble-makers had been taken into preventive custody and the crackdown would continue ahead of the sentencing. The main leaders of Dera Sacha Sauda, who are likely to instigate followers, are either being taken into confidence or arrested.Capt. Singh said the curfew had been lifted in three districts and relaxed in the other areas.He said that police officers had visited all the 98 ‘Naam Sacha Ghars’ of the Dera in the State and recovered lathis, pipes, rods, axes and petrol bombs. Director-General of Police, Haryana, B.S. Sandhu said that while 30 people were killed in Panchkula, six causalities were reported from Sirsa. “As many as 34 cases have been registered till now by the police in the entire episode, and 552 people have been arrested. Investigations are under way,” he said. “The process of identification [of the bodies] has started and so far, we have identified 13 bodies and their families are being informed.”Sedition casesHaryana Chief Secretary D.S. Dhesi told presspersons that two cases of sedition had been registered against Dera followers and investigation was under way. “During the operation, the police recovered one AK 47 rifle and one Mauser rifle from the vehicle of a Dera follower, and two rifles and five pistols were recovered from another vehicle,” he said.He said peace was prevailing throughout the State and all security arrangements had been made for Monday, when the quantum of sentence would be decided.Also Read Dera head treated like any other convict: Rohtak Deputy Commissioner As many as 101 companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed in the State, while the Army has been deployed in Panchkula and Sirsa. Curfew has been relaxed in Panchkula and Sirsa, he said. Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Ram Niwas said that the efficient action taken by the security forces to disperse the violent mob in about three-and-a-half hours had prevented the situation from worsening.Haryana Deputy Advocate-General Gurdass Singh Salwara was sacked as he was seen carrying the luggage of the Dera chief while the latter was taken to Rohtak.
Just a day after the Chinese received applause for their innovation and precision at the opening ceremony of the Asian Games, the tech-savvy Chinese proved they can also be prone to errors.The opening day of the weightlifting competition at the distant Dong Guang gymnasium saw several glitches interrupting the men’s and women’s programmes. Nevertheless, they went off peacefully with the Chinese showing their supremacy in both the sections.But it was not just about the glitches at the gymnasium. Even before that the scribes had to go through some ordeals, including the one-and-half-a-hour ride to the gymnasium. The 88-kilometre trip from the main media centre to the venue was not the only issue. After the two easy group events where the Indians participated, one had to wait for nearly six hours for the other group events before the results could be known.Then, there was the real issue of how to return to the main media centre. With just two trips – one at 1:30 pm and the second at 10 pm – the ordeal of a scribe was complete.To make matters worse, an unnecessary euphoria was created back home just after the Group B results where both India’s V Srinivasa Rao (56kg) and women’s 48kg lifters Soniya Chanu and Sandhya Rani Devi finished atop their respective groupsRao topped Group B Soniya and Sandhya upped the ante so much that there were scores of calls from several Indian journalists covering other disciplines at different venues.The ground reality was, however, different. In fact, the Indian duo was lucky to find themselves in an easy group where they had to contend only with a Vietnamese and a Bangladeshi. Naturally, Soniya did what was expected of her with a total lift of 170kg (75+95) while Sandhya was just behind her with a total lift of 158kg, giving rise to further hopes.advertisementThe status remained static for six hours until Group A lifters emerged on the scene. Without much ado, the Chinese and North Korean lifters in the men’s section finished one-two while Chinese and Taipei lifters took the gold and silver in the women’s section, pushing the Indians way behind.Sandhya perhaps knew the results even before a few of us. “I have done my best and I am happy. But the Chinese and Thai lifters are too good,” she said before disappearing from the scene quickly.- By S. KannanWomen thrash Malaysia 4-0 in opening hockey matchIndias Jasjeet Kaur Handa (left) tackles a Malaysian player during their Group A match in Guangzhou on Saturday.The Indian women’s hockey team outclassed Malaysia 4-0 in their opening Group A match to start their Asian Games campaign on a rousing note at the Aoti Hockey Field in Guangzhou on Saturday. The feature of the victory was that all the strikes were field goals.The 2006 bronze medalists and 1982 gold medal winners led 1-0 at half time before pumping in three more goals in the second period to complete the rout. Thokchom Chanchan Devi (26th minute), Deepika Thakur (43rd), Rani Rampal (53rd) and captain Surinder Kaur (67th) were the goal scorers.India will play Japan in their next group match on November 16. Against Malaysia, India were by far the better side on display under lights as they controlled the game for the entire 70 minutes.After having the better of the play, India took the lead when Chanchan Devi slotted home the ball after receiving a pass from strike partner Rani, who dribbled her way past two defenders to set it up for Chanchan.After the breather, the Indians were right on the attack and kept the pressure on the rival goal through Rani and Deepika. It was Deepika who doubled the lead after receiving a Jasjeet Kaur Handa pass from the baseline. Rani then made it 3-0 10 minutes later after cleverly wrongfooting Malaysia goalkeeper Yahya Farah Ayuni.The Malaysians could have pulled one back but the woodwork came to India’s rescue in the 57th minute off a penalty corner before Surinder sealed the victory for her side three minutes from the hooter.Assistant coach Khalid Modi expressed happiness over the positive start but added that the team management was taking it match by match. “It is a very good start as the Malaysians are very tough opponents. We have crossed our first hurdle, but cannot be complacent,” he said.In the day’s other matches, South Korea drubbed Thailand 5-0 while Japan overwhelmed Kazakhstan 4-1.Indians crash out despite Saina and Kashyap’s heroics Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap’s fine victories came to nought as the Indian women and men’s teams lost to Indonesia and Chinese Taipei respectively in the team championships at the Asian Games on Saturday.advertisementIn the women’s tie, India squandered a 2-0 lead before losing 2-3. It was Saina who gave India a winning start by beating Adriyanti Firdasari 21- 16, 21-17 in the first singles in just 30 minutes. Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa consolidated the lead by beating Greysia Polli and Meiliana Jauhari 21-17 17-21 23-21 in 44 minutes. But Aditi Mutatkar’s 10-21,16-21 loss to MF Kusumastuti started the slide.Aparna Balan and Prajakta Sawant’s 11- 21,11-21 defeat against Liliyana and Maheshwari Nitya Krishinda locked the tie 2-2, after which, Arundhati Pantawane lost the fifth and decisive rubber 9-21, 10-21 to Linda Wenifanetri.In the men’s event, Arvind Bhat fought hard but had to bow to Hsing Yu Hsieh 28-26, 15- 21, 21-13 in the opening match. India desperately needed a win from Sanave Thomas and Akshay Dewalkar in the doubles rubber but they lost 19-21, 17-21 to Chieh-Min Fang and Sheng Mu Lee.But Kashyap kept his team afloat by recording a comefrom- behind win over Hsuan Yi Hsueh. The Commonwealth Games bronze medallist won 18-21, 21-13, 23-21 to give hope to India. However, this hope was stubbed out when doubles pair V Diju and Rupesh Kumar lost 17-21, 20-22 to Hung Ling Chen and Yu Lang Lin. Ministry pulls the plug on equestrian teams The Equestrian Federation of India’s (EFI) claims of everything being alright with its quarantine procedures has already been proved wrong, with Chinese authorities refusing permission for Indian horses to be sent to Guangzhou.Now, even the sports ministry has acknowledged the EFI’s mismanagement, retracting its permission allowing the team to compete at the Asiad. In a letter to the EFI, under secretary SPS Tomar wrote: “It is learnt that horses are yet to leave Bangalore, where they have been quarantined because full clearance from Chinese authorities is still awaited. The government has taken a serious note of the mishandling of the entire matter by the EFI, and under these circumstances, the government is constrained to withdraw the approval for participation of the equestrian team in Asian Games 2010.”Tomar has written another letter to the IOA, withdrawing the approval given to slalom canoeist Vikram Singh Bhandari. As reported by MAIL TODAY, Bhandari’s name was not in the team selected by the SAI, but was cleared after the IOA decided to act on the whims of the de-recognised Indian Kayaking and Canoeing Association. This body is being investigated for misuse of funds. Women lose Men win in Tennis openers India had mixed luck in tennis as the team competitions began at the Asian Games on Saturday. In the absence of Sania Mirza, the women’s team lost 0-3 to Indonesia, but the men made up for the disappointment by defeating Qatar 3-0. While it was no surprise that Somdev Devvarman won his singles match 6-0, 6-1 against Shanan Mousa Zayed, comeback man Karan Rastogi warmed up with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Jabor Mohammed al Mutawa.advertisementFrom India’s point of view, Rastogi’s win was a good sign. As one who spent a year out of action following a back injury, he has worked hard on his comeback in ITF events. In doubles, Somdev paired with Sanam Singh to defeat Mubarak Shannan Zayid and Abdul al Hareth 6-0, 6-1.The disappointment of the day came in the women’s team event where India lost to Indonesia. Sania, still recovering from an ear infection, did not play. Rushmi Chakrvarthy should have played the second singles. However, with coach Enrico Piperno opting for Nirupama Sanjeev, it turned out to be a rout.Talking about the decision to drop Rushmi, Piperno said: “My decision backfired. The point is Indonesia was a strong team and we had very little chance.”Speculation is that Sania will pair with Somdev in mixed doubles. Rohan Bopanna, who has failed to qualify for the year-end ATP finals, may arrive to play here.- By S. Kannan India Today (All times in IST) ChessWomen’s Individual Round 3:Tania Sachdev vs Bahar Hallaeva (TKM); Harika Dronavalli vs Nafisa Muminova (UZB) (12.30pm) Men’s Individual Round 3: Sasikiran Krishnan vs Al- Modiahki Mohama (QAT); Surya Shekhar Ganguly vs Darmen Sadvakasov (KAZ) (12.30pm)AthleticsTriathlon: Men’s Individual: D Gurudatta (6.30 am)Cue SportsMen’s 8-Ball Pool Singles Last 16 Match: Sumit Talwar Pin Yi Ko (7.30am) Men’s Snooker Team Quarter-finals: B Damani/AS Mehta vs KK Chan/BC Ang 5.30pm) Women’s 8-Ball Pool Singles Preliminary Match: Indira Gowda vs Al Naser Hend; Neeta Sanghvi vs Akimi Skajitani 2pm)HandballMen’s Preliminary round Group A match: India vs Qatar 1.15pm)JudoMen’s 90kg QF: Sahil Paghania (8.30am) Women’s 63kg QF: Garima Chaudhary vs Yasmeen Al Salem (8am)ShootingMen’s 10m Air Pistol Qualification: Gurpreet Singh, Omkar Singh, Vijay Kumar (6.30am) Women’s 10m Air Pistol Qualification: Heena Sidhu, Sonia Rai, Annu Raj Singh (9.15am)SwimmingMen’s 100m Butterfly Heats: Rehan Poncha, Virdhawal Khade (6.30am) Men’s 200m Freestyle Heats: Rohit Havaldar, Aaron D’Souza (7am) Men’s 50m Breaststroke Heats: Sandeep Sejwal (8.30am)Table TennisWomen’s Team Group B Match: India vs Maldives (7.30am) Men’s Team Group D Match: India vs Vietnam (9.30am)WeightliftingMen’s 62kg: Sarang Rustam, Omkar Otari (10am)
Committee of Administrators chairman Vinod Rai on Friday revealed that the Indian Premier League opening ceremony won’t be as extravagant as it had been over the last 11 seasons and part of the money allocated for the event will be donated to the families of the soldiers who lost their lives in the Pulwama terror attack last week.Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack in which 40 paramilitary soldiers lost their lives on February 14.”We’ll not have a regular IPL opening ceremony and the amount of the budget for the opening ceremony will be given to families of the victims of this terror attack,” Vinod Rai said.CoA member Vinod Rai: We’ll not have a regular IPL opening ceremony and the amount of the budget for the opening ceremony will be given to families of the victims of this terror attack. #PulwamaAttack pic.twitter.com/WVe8txWx7zANI (@ANI) February 22, 2019The COA and the Board of Control for Cricket in India also decided to write to the International Cricket Council to express their concerns about Pakistan’s participation in the World Cup following the Pulwama attack.”We’ll write to ICC expressing our concerns about attacks that took place & that security of players, officials & everybody else must be taken care of. We’re telling cricketing community that in future we must sever ties with nations from where terror emanates,” Rai said.Calls have been growing louder with each passing day for India to boycott the June 16 World Cup match against Pakistan. But the BCCI got to know from the ICC that if they put their proposal of throwing Pakistan out of the World Cup, they will lose it hands down, India Today also learnt from sources.advertisement”16th June (India vs Pakistan match in World Cup) is very far away. We will take a call on that much later and in consultations with the government,” Rai added.The BCCI and COA members – Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji – met in New Delhi on Friday where they discussed the matter along with the new CoA member Lt General Ravi Thodge.The board would be staring at a huge financial loss and even a hefty fine from the International Cricket Council (ICC) if they indeed decide to forfeit the June 16 group match against Pakistan in the World Cup.