Woman stabbed 17 times by husband, survives

Woman stabbed 17 times by husband, survives

COIMBATORE: A woman sustained 17 stab injuries in an attack by her husband at LIC Colony near Selvapuram here on Wednesday night.

The 39-year-old woman had married the 32-year-old man five years ago after her first husband died. A dispute arose between them during which the man viciously attacked his wife. Fortunately, she survived the attack and is recuperating at the Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital (CMCH).

The injured woman has been identified as S Kathija from CGV Nagar near LIC Colony in Selvapuram. She sustained 17 stab injuries on her neck and hands. The doctors at CMCH had to put 24 stitches and her condition is said to be stable. Police have booked her husband S Sakthidoss, a wall painter, for attempting to murder his wife. Police said, Kathija had married Sakthidoss five years ago. She has three daughters, two of them married. She earned money selling flowers. The couple used to consume liquor and quarrel often. Kathija had previously registered complaints against her husband, based on which police registered three cases against him. On Wednesday night, Sakthidoss had consumed liquor and returned home. He began quarrelling with Kathija, forcing her to withdraw the cases against him. She refused to comply. Furious, Sakthidoss began stabbing his wife with a knife. When she raised an alarm, neighbours rushed to the house, but Sakthidoss had fled.

Police inspector N Ravikumar and his team visited the spot and admitted Kathija at CMCH where she is undergoing treatment. Based on her complaint, Selvapuram police registered an FIR against Sakthidoss for attempting to murder his wife. He is still at large. A special team has been formed to arrest him.



125 teachers served notice for skipping paper assessment

125 teachers served notice for skipping paper assessment

AURANGABAD: Worried over the delay in declaration of examination results, the controller of examination of the Dr Babsaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Bamu) has issued notices to 125 college teachers for skipping paper assessment work.

S T Gaikwad, controller of examination, said on Friday that he is in the process of sending similar show-cause notices to 100 more teachers seeking explanation as to why they haven’t attended the assessment work, which led to a delay in the declaration of results several times.

Speaking to TOI, Gaikwad said every time the results are delayed, the examination section or the vice-chancellor are held responsible by the students and others while the ones skipping the assessment work go scot free.

Such teachers and principals were told about the assessment and other exam-related works well in advance. They were being repeatedly told and requested to attend the assessment work at the respective centres across four districts of the region – Aurangabad, Beed, Jalna and Osmanabad – so that the results are declared within the mandatory period of 45 days.

“But most of the examiners continued to stay away from the assessment process causing inconvenience to the university administration and delay in the results. Hence, I decided to get tough with them and began preparing a list of those who ignored the university’s pleas,” Gaikwad said.

“So far, we have identified 225 teachers of whom 125, including the principals, have already been issued show-cause notices,” said Gaikwad, adding that he has decided to raise the issue during the forthcoming meeting of the board of examination.

However, the Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University College Teachers’ Association (BAMUCTA) has defended the teachers and passed the buck on to the college principals. Suhas Morale, general secretary of BAMUCTA, claimed that most of the teachers who failed to appear at the assessment centres could not do so because they were not relieved by the respective college principals.

“How could we spare ourselves for the assessment work without being asked by the principals?,” he said, adding that the teachers were willing to work.

Management council member Ulhas Udhan said if the teachers abstain from such work, the university could generate people to assess the papers. Defending the university’s move, he said, “It is high time that the teachers give a serious thought and help the university declare the results in time.”



Two GIDC officials caught taking Rs 2 lakh bribe

Two GIDC officials caught taking Rs 2 lakh bribe

VALSAD: Two officials of Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) have been caught for taking bribe in Valsad.
Personnel of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in Valsad nabbed the two officials while they were allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 2 lakh on Friday.



14 years on, cops say can’t crack murder

14 years on, cops say can’t crack murder

CHENNAI: Throwing up their hands, state police have admitted before the Madras high court that even 15 years after a woman was murdered they have not been able to unravel the mystery despite 17 police officers from different wings of the department investigating the case.

Justice S Nagamuthu, before whom the submission was made on Tuesday, described the admission of failure as ‘unfortunate’. He then entrusted the investigation with the CBI, and awarded Rs 3 lakh as compensation to the woman’s family by invoking the Tamil Nadu Victim’s Compensation Scheme, 2013.

Shenbagavalli was murdered near Vikiravandi in Villupuram district on October 8, 1999, and the culprits took away cash and other valuables. Since there was no progress in the case, her husband M Balu moved the court seeking speedy probe. In June 2000, the court transferred the case to CB-CID and asked it to file a final report in three months. Since then, despite three rounds of litigations, the case saw no progress and no one was arrested in connection with the murder.

Meanwhile, CB-CID additional superintendent of police filed a status report noting that a total of 17 officers from different wings of the state police had conducted investigation, and that 44 witnesses had been examined so far. Still there was no clue to crack the case. “In the last 14 years, investigation was conducted by CB-CID in a fair, free and impartial manner,” public prosecutor S Shanmugavelayudham told the court.

Balu’s counsel said it is not worthwhile to allow the CB-CID to continue the probe as it had not been able to solve the mystery for 14 years.

Justice Nagamuthu said, “It is unfortunate that 17 high-ranking officers of the Tamil Nadu police, drawn from various specialized units, could not make any progress in the investigation, though it was a very serious, sensational and gruesome murder. We cannot afford to make the petitioner wait for justice, when the investigation by the state police could not make any progress. Investigation skills of officers are at stake now.” He then ordered that the matter be probed by the CBI.

The judge then thought it fit to award Rs 3 lakh to Balu though his petition did not demand any compensation for police failure.

October 8, 1999–Shengagavalli was found murdered.

June 5, 2000–High court transfers probe to CB-CID.

February 8, 2001–HC asks CB-CID to complete probe by June 2002.

August 30, 2002–HC closes husband’s petition saying probe being done properly.

December 16, 2014–HC entrusts probe with CBI, and awards Rs 3 lakh as damages.



Sheru, stray dog hit by 26/11 terrorist’s bullet, dies at animal hospital

Sheru, stray dog hit by 26/11 terrorist’s bullet, dies at animal hospital

MUMBAI: Sheru, the stray dog who was hit by a bullet in the 26/11 terror attack, died of a cardiac arrest at the animal hospital in Parel around 7.30 on Saturday morning. The ailing dog, believed to be around 14 years old, had also developed a leg injury recently, said DrMayurDangar, manager at Bombay Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, better known as SPCA. “While this leg injury was healing for quite a long time, it was not the cause of Sheru’sdeath. He died of a cardiac arrest,” said DrDangar.

The stray canine which lived on the streets outside CST, one of the spots targeted by the terrorists, had been admitted to the animal hospital soon after it was hit by a gunman’s bullet in the 26/11 terror attack six years ago. Sheru had been hit by two bullets. One of the bullets in Sheru’s back was extricated during a surgery conducted at the hospital while the other was still lodged in his neck.

This bullet, said Dr Dangar, had pierced the dog’s respiratory tract. “Had we tried to remove this bullet, it would have damaged Sheru’s respiratory tract,” said Dr Dangar.

The dog was being sponsored by a benefactor, said an official at the hospital, adding that the sponsor’s identity could not be revealed.

Sheru’s funeral is slated to be held around noon at the animal hospital today.