Express 5: Lashkar approached UP riot victims while IM planned module in Nepal

ExpressA selection of five exclusive Indian Express stories you must read before starting your day.

A selection of five exclusive Indian Express stories you must read before starting your day:

1. LASHKAR EYES CAMPS: Two Haryana imams arrested last month for their suspected links to Lashkar-e-Toiba, and another LeT operative, had allegedly visited relief camps of victims of the Muzaffarnagar communal riots and sought to recruit men to their module. A report by Ananya Bhardwaj , Prawesh Lama.

Some Muzaffarnagar riot victims depose: Lashkar men came to recruit us

2. REMOVING GANGULY: Amid speculation that retired Supreme Court judge A K Ganguly had quit as West Bengal Human Rights Commission chairman after meeting state Governor M K Narayanan Monday, the Centre moved a step closer to removing him from the post through a reference to the Supreme Court. Read More in Justice Ganguly meets governor, Centre asks AG to finalise SC reference by Maneesh Chhibber.

3. TROUBLE OVER MAHAN: The Ministry of Power has told the Central Bureau of Investigation that it did not recommend the 2006 allocation of Mahan coal block in Madhya Pradesh to Aditya Birla group company Hindalco. The letter from the ministry dated December 27, 2013, a copy of which is with The Indian Express, is a response to the preliminary enquiry filed by the CBI. Priyadarshi Siddhanta gives details on One more Hindalco coal block under CBI scrutiny

4. THE HINDUTVA HEARTLAND: Much has been written on the communal riots in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district ó the violence against the minority community, the rapes, how the riots spread to rural areas and now, the poor conditions in government relief camps. But two issues require urgent attention. Why are those living in the harrowing relief camps not willing to go back to their homes? And why has the UP government decided, despite the cold wave sweeping across north India, to dismantle the camps and, in some cases, forcibly evict those living there?

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