Interfaith extramarital affair: Man arrested after Bajrang Dal attack

Interfaith extramarital affair: Man arrested after Bajrang Dal attack

Udupi, Feb 24: A 29-year-old man was arrested by the police on the charge of cheating and sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman belonging to a Scheduled Caste at Nitte coming under the Karkala Rural Police Station limits on Monday.

assaultVilas Nayak, Deputy Superintendent of Police, said that the man, Mohammed Asif, was married and had three children. He had developed friendship with the woman, promising her that he would marry her.

He also falsely gave his name as Adi Shetty to her. He sexually assaulted her at a shed at Nitte on February 4.

When Asif and the woman tried to meet on the night of February 22, they were caught by members of the Bajrang Dal, who beat him. Meanwhile, the woman lodged a complaint at the Karkala Rural Police Station. Asif was helped by three of his friends Ravi, Vijay and Yogish, and the police are looking out for them.

A case was registered under Sections 376 and 420 of Indian Penal Code and The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities Act). The police arrested Asif and produced him before a court in Udupi, which remanded him in judicial custody till March 6, the police said.



Mother Teresa a noble soul, please spare her: Kejriwal tells RSS

Mother Teresa a noble soul, please spare her: Kejriwal tells RSS

New Delhi, Feb 24: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday criticised RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat for his comments on Mother Teresa, saying she was a “noble soul” and should be spared.

kejri bhagath“I worked wid Mother Teresa for a few months at Nirmal Hriday ashram in Kolkata. She was a noble soul. Pl spare her,” Kejriwal tweeted.

Addressing a function in Bharatpur in Rajasthan Monday, Bhagwat said Mother Teresa’s service to the poor was aimed at converting them to Christianity.

“People like Mother Teresa did good work and service. But the aim was to convert the poor to Christianity. This kind of service is devalued if conversions are done in the name of service or work,” he said.

His comments triggered a controversy. However, the RSS chief said the statement was misattributed.



Mangaluru: What a Mess? Marathoners Disrespect ‘Namma Mangaluru, Swachha Mangaluru’ Campaign

Mangaluru: What a Mess? Marathoners Disrespect ‘Namma Mangaluru, Swachha Mangaluru’ Campaign

Mangaluru: Imagine what would happen when over 14,000 plus marathon runners of Nitte Mangaluru Marathon 2015 (which just concluded on Sunday) feast on snacks served on paper plates and beverages served in plastic cups during the breakfast, and dispose the used paper plates/cups when no proper garbage bins are provided? The answer- the entire breakfast arena will turn into a garbage zone! And that was the scene at the Mangala Stadium where breakfast was served for the marathon runners after completion of their run.

I don’t know whom to blame for this disgusting mess, whether to blame the organizers for not providing enough numbers of garbage bins/containers or the marathon runners (young and old) and mostly all educated for disrespecting the cleanliness awareness drive “Swachh Bharath” or “Namma Mangaluru, Swachha Mangaluru” campaign. Even during the last year Marathon, the same kind of mess was seen all around the breakfast area, and this year too it has been repeated. And the sad part is that all those who were responsible for littering were mostly students, or call them educated citizens. Is this what “Clean India” campaign that we are looking forward too, that too being educated citizens of India.

Funny part is that there were also two small plastic buckets and couple of small garbage containers- imagine paper plates/cups used by people fitting in these small containers. (see pictures) What a joke? I happened to be near six students, four girls/two boys wearing blue polo-shirts and belong to a prestigious institute- they were feasting on their snacks/beverages. When they were done I saw them discarding the used paper plates/cups right down near their feet, even though there was a MCC garbage bin a few steps away from where they were standing. Wow- just look at these students belong to a prestigious and renowned institute, who care less about cleanliness and keeping their city/country clean. I couldn’t resist myself- I approaching these students and told them what they did was wrong, for which they felt guilty and walked away without uttering a word.

In conclusion, if educated people can’t keep their surroundings clean or ignore “Swachh Bharath Abhiyan”, how can we ver think of having a Clean india or Clean Mangaluru. Is this campaign just a “publicity stunt”, where organizations/colleges/schools/other educational institutions organizing Clean drive project for a day, and for the sake of photos/media coverage, and later stick to their old littering habits. We need to enforce strict laws and punish those who litter in the public, then only we can look forward for “Swachh Bharath” and for that matter ” Swachh Mangaluru”! Let’s work together and see that we keep our surroundings clean. While I compliment the organizers for a great Marathon event, my only request to them is that they look into this garbage menace next year- I only hope that 2016 Nitte Mangaluru marathon breakfast area will be garbage/litter FREE! And let’s remember to make ” Namma Mangaluru, Swachha Mangaluru!” 



Puttur: Massive rally decries communal forces, calls for unity

Puttur: Massive rally decries communal forces, calls for unity

Puttur, Feb 23: A massive rally was organized here on Monday February 23 to create awareness about and condemn anti-social forces that try to divide people on communal and caste lines. The rally was organized by Jago Nagarik Vedike.

Hundreds marched in the rally that began from Darbe circle and culminated at the office of assistant commisioner, where they held a protest meet.

Addressing the protestors, advocate Durgaprasad Rai said, “The essence of all religions is the same. When this is so, no one should try to create fissures between religions. It is important that action is taken against people who do this, and all should join hands in this mission.”

Taluk panchayat member Mohammed Badagannur said, “There are so many burning issues in the country. Scores of people are starving to death. Instead of speaking on these issues, efforts are being made to sow the seeds of communalism. The minorities are getting repeatedly pounded. We must live in harmony and foster peace. If religion becomes the country’s constitution, then danger is imminent.”

Claudis D’Souza of Jago Nagarik Vedike, Joachim D’Souza and others were present.

They also presented a memorandum to the assistant commissioner.



Man held for sexually abusing niece for 6 years

Man held for sexually abusing niece for 6 years

PUDUCHERRY: The territorial police on Saturday arrested a 34-year-old man on charges of sexually abusing his niece for more than six years. Police produced K Muniappan alias Moses, 34, of Nonankuppam, a worker at a scrap shop in the territory, before a judicial magistrate, who remanded him in judicial custody.

Child welfare committee chairperson Vidyaa Ramkumar lodged a complaint with Ariyankuppam police two weeks ago stating that Muniappan, who has been the guardian of his niece and nephew after their parents passed away, had been molesting the girl for the last six years. The victim was five years old and her brother was three when their parents were killed in two different accidents12 years ago.

Vidyaa in the complaint said the victim, who is 17 years now, was studying in a school in Cuddalore district and her brother, who is 15 years now, was admitted to a boarding school in Puducherry. The minor girl used to visit her uncle’s family every weekend. Muniappan molested her periodically when she stayed in his house. The hapless girl could not muster enough courage to tell her other relatives about the sexual abuse.

Muniappan got married seven years ago and has two daughters, one aged six and another two. He continued to molest his niece and it got worse when the victim discontinued studies after Class 10 and stayed at his house. The victim, who was deeply affected by the trauma and repeated abuse, decided to run away from home.

She boarded a bus bound for Chennai two months ago. A former Childline activist Ruben, who also boarded the bus, spotted her. The activist inquired about her background and the victim slowly opened up and narrated to her the ordeal she had been going through. Ruben alerted Childline coordinator (Puducherry) S Ravi and activist D Elizabeth. Childline admitted her to a children’s home and extended counselling to her. Childline later referred the case to CWC.

Ariyankuppam police booked Muniappam under section 5 (n) (relative of the child through blood committing penetrative sexual assault on such child) of the protection of children from sexual harassment act (Pocso) and arrested him. He was subjected to potency tests. If convicted he would be imprisoned for a term of not less than 10 years. The victim, who was admitted to the Rajiv Gandhi women and children hospital, would undergo medical examination.



‘Cops adopt partisan approach towards offenders’; Debate At TOI Event Stresses Road Safety

‘Cops adopt partisan approach towards offenders’; Debate At TOI Event Stresses Road Safety

LUCKNOW: There were views and counter-views during the debate at National PG College in which students deliberated on the need for road safety and how many fatal accidents were result of drivers’ behavior. The occasion for debate was a workshop organised by The Times of India (TOI), under its Drive Lucknow campaign, in association with Shubham Soti Foundation on Saturday.

“There is no proper enforcement and traffic police treats different people differently, said BA student Akash, adding “If it’s a car with a beacon, police don’t interfere even if the driver flouts the rules.”

B Sc student Resham argued, “Does that mean we need somebody to tame us? Shouldn’t we be responsible on our own? All of us are well aware of traffic rules but none wants to follow.”

Convener of the workshop, Mukta Sharma spread road safety awareness with video clippings of accidents caused by over-speeding, not wearing helmet or seat belt, talking on mobile phones and drunken driving. She randomly picked up newspaper reports about lives lost in accidents.

Students were shown a presentation where they were apprised of traffic rules such as always overtake from the left; stop on seeing a red light, etc. Traffic policemen N Soni talked about rules an individual should follow to avert accidents. He advised students to keep glasses of windscreens and mirrors clean, keep speed under control and always wear helmet and seat belt while driving. Along with Mukta, he exhorted students to form a ‘Road Tehzeeb Club’ and spread awareness about road safety among their peer group and reach out to maximum.

“The idea is not to frighten them but to create awareness about safety rules and make them responsible citizens,” said Mukta, adding that conscious effort can save some lives out of 2 lakh killed every year in India in road accidents.



11-year-old domestic help rescued from professor’s house in Pollachi

11-year-old domestic help rescued from professor’s house in Pollachi

COIMBATORE: A 11-year-old girl from the tribal regions of Valparai was rescued from bonded labour last week from a professor’s house in Pollachi. The girl has now been handed over to her family after three years, and has been advised to go to school.

The professor, a resident of Mahalingapuram village in Pollachi, is employed with NGP Institutions in Coimbatore. She’s married to a businessman. She is a mother of two sons.

S Uma Devi, coordinator, Child Line said, “We received a tip off last week after which we approached the Pollachi sub-collector and formed a team with the district administration.” When the team visited the professor’s residence, it was locked. “However, we succeeded in communicating with the minor girl through an open window and she agreed to open the front door for us,” said Uma Devi.

The child told the team that she had spent three Diwalis at the professor’s house. “She did not go to school. She spent the day washing vessels, cleaning and mopping the house,” said Uma Devi. The child possessed an Aadhar card in which her date of birth was 1-1-2000, which meant she was 15 years old. However, she confirmed that she was only 11 years old.

The Child Line authorities produced her in front of the Child Welfare Committee. The labour department was also involved in the proceedings. The CWC ordered a 50,000 compensation, and Uma Devi said that 20,000 had already been disbursed to the victim. “She is with her family in Sarapathy village in Neeliparai area of Valparai Hills. The Sarva Siksha Abhiyaan has been advised by the district administration to enroll her in school,” said Uma Devi.

Child Line authorities have also alleged that the professor and her relatives attempted to intervene with the Child Welfare Committee’s proceedings and demanded the release of the girl.



3 rapes in a single day in Badaun

3 rapes in a single day in Badaun

BAREILLY: Badaun, which witnessed the hanging of two girls from a tree last year, is fast emerging as a hotspot for crimes against women. On Saturday, three cases of rape were reported here. In all three cases, FIR was lodged on Saturday.

According to reports, an eight-year-old girl was on her way to a grocery shop in her village under Mujariya police station on Friday evening when Vijay Singh, 32, a farmer, lured her on the pretext of giving biscuits. He took her to a place near a graveyard – 150 km away from the village – on his bike, where he allegedly raped her.

When the girl did not return home, her family members and locals started searching for her but to no avail. They informed their friends in the village. The villagers heard the screams of the child and rushed to her aid.

“The villagers caught the accused at the crime scene but later, he managed to flee. However, the villagers again caught him on Saturday and handed him over to cops,” said Udaybhan Singh, station officer, Mujariya police station. He added that an FIR was lodged against the accused under sections 376 (rape) and 363 (kidnapping) of Indian Penal Code and protection of children against sexual offence (POCSO) Act on Saturday.

In the second incident, which took place in a village under Civil Lines police station on February 19, four persons, including a woman, reportedly kidnapped a 16-year-old girl when she was standing outside her house. The girl’s family told police that Mamta and Pintoo – residents of the same village – along with two unknown persons kidnapped her and took her to a secluded place. The family alleged that Pintoo and his two aides gang-raped her in front of Mamta. They dropped the girl back home after the incident. The teenager’s family has lodged a rape case against Mamta, Pintoo and two unknown persons on Saturday.

“We have arrested Pintoo on Sunday and are investigating the role of Mamta in the crime. We will nab the other two accused soon,” said Ajay Kumar Yadav, station officer, Civil Lines police station. He added that the medical report of the teenager is awaited.

The last incident took place in a village under Civil Lines police station of Badaun. A 28-year-old woman has alleged that on February 16, her brother-in-law Surendra and a villager Devendra came to her house when she was alone. Her husband was working in the field. The woman alleged that both men gang-raped her and fled from the house after the crime. “We have lodged an FIR against the accused on Saturday and are investigating the case further,” said Ajay Kumar Yadav, station officer, Civil Lines police station.



3 kids die after falling into well with father in Bengaluru

3 kids die after falling into well with father in Bengaluru

BENGALURU: Three children died as they and their 40-year-old father fell into an open well after the motorcycle on which they were travelling skidded near Kenchappanakere in Yelahanka, north-east Bengaluru, on Saturday.

They were returning to the city after a visit to the Aero India show.

Though the father Thimmaraju, a scrap dealer at Ananthapura Gate in Yelahanka New Town, claimed he swam to safety, his grieving wife Vangeshwari, 35, alleged her husband had deliberately pushed their children into the well due to a family dispute. The couple had settled down near Ananthapura Gate after migrating from their home town Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu 15 years ago. Preliminary probe revealed that Thimmraju took his sons Gokarna, 12, Venkatesha, 10, and daughter Kavitha, 8, to the air show at the Yelahanka Air Force Station around 10am.

When they were returning home around 1.30pm, the two-wheeler skidded and they fell into the well near Kenchappanakere. “Thimmaraju said he swam to safety. We recovered the sons’ bodies and a search is on to trace Kavitha’s body,” police said late Saturday evening.

“As a father, he could have saved his children but after hearing his wife’s version of marital discord, we suspect foul play. He came directly to the police station and reported the matter. There was no remorse or grief. This raises suspicion that he may have pushed the kids to their death,” police said. Yelahanka New Town police questioned him till late into Saturday night.

“We have to take him to the spot and get him to explain the sequence of events. Then, we’ll decide whether to register a murder case against him,” said an officer.



Girl and mother brutally murdered in Bhopal

Girl and mother brutally murdered in Bhopal

BHOPAL: A woman and her daughter were stabbed to death in old city area on Saturday evening. The two were found dead in a pool of blood by woman’s husband, Raju Lalwani. The bodies bore multiple injuries, suggesting injuries were inflicted with a sharp-edged weapon. When learning about the chilling double murder, a large number people gathered outside the building. The incident triggered panic in the area.

Spurned lover of the girl is believed to be behind brutal killing. It is not known if the crime was executed by one or more people, the police added. A case was registered at Aishbagh police station of the city.

Raju, a hawker, lived with his wife, Sunita, 40, and Divya,19, at a rented accommodation in a multi-storeyed building at Naveen Nagar for past six years.. His daughter Divya was a college student and she had worked at a call centre.

The incident took place between 3pm and 6pm. When Raju returned to house, he found it locked from outside. When opened the door, he found blood splattered on the floor and a bed, Sunita lying unconscious on bed and Divya on the floor. Initially, it was believed they committed suicide, but multiple stab wounds on the body made it clear the two were brutally murdered.

Blood stains all over the room suggested the woman and daughter struggled a lot before succumbing to stab injuries.

Sunita’s sister Poonam, who resides in the same locality with father, visited the house in the afternoon. She had lunch, police said.

But what happened after that remains a mystery. The building where in the incident took place is in crowded area. As many as eleven families including the owner, live in the building. Police said so far no one has come forward to offer clue about the killings. Officials said it is hard to believe no one heard screams of woman and her daughter. People are being quizzed to get leads on the case.

The house of the youth, who emerged as suspect in the case, is also in the same locality. Police said he visit victims often and there were also reports that he wanted to marry the girl. He went missing after the incident. Efforts are underway to nab suspect. Grieving kin expressed their suspicion over the youth. The bodies were recovered for autopsy.



Can money hurt your marriage?

Can money hurt your marriage?

It may not be a four-letter word, but evokes as extreme a sentiment. So while L-O-V-E makes the world go round, it faces stiff competition from a five-letter word called M-O-N-E-Y.It is wooed and worshipped and, the lack of it feared by all. When combined with a complex concoction called ‘marriage’, the mix can be incendiary. Little wonder then that marriage and money bring out the worst in some couples.

According to a US study ‘Examining the Relationship Between Financial Issues and Divorce’, arguments about money are considered the ‘top predictor of divorce’. PV Subramanyam agrees. “Not having premarital discussions on finance can easily lead to divorce because of the mismatch in money personalities,” says the financial expert and CEO of Subramoney.com. These personality traits are typically founded in our growing years and inherited from our families’ money habits. This is why it’s as essential to find common ground in financial temperaments as it is in other aspects before tying the knot. Here we offer a road map for doing so.

Do you talk about your finances?

Communication is the holy grail that can deliver many a marriage from disintegration. Subramanyam swears by it, pinning most of the ills on refusal to talk about money before marriage. Financial planner Jayant Pai reiterates: “It’s a subject most people avoid discussing till it’s too late.” However, more and more people are learning the benefits of talking. The periodicity of discussion may vary: some couples do it once a month, others once a week, and yet others on a need basis. Some like Jaipurbased Jitin Bhatia do it even before marriage. “We had talked about our salary, debt and other things. We decided that we would pay off all our liabilities within a year, and we did,” says the 34-year-old who has been married for seven years.

Before marriage, talk about everything, be it your income or expenses, savings or debts, liabilities or assets, proclivities or aversions, habits or cravings.

List out your outstanding debts and assets. Most importantly, talk about your attitude towards money, your values, and what you plan to do after marriage. After tying the knot, the one way of avoiding fights is to keep the goals in sight and iron out personal differences while analysing them on a regular basis.

Is only one partner handling finances?

If discussion is important, execution is critical. The dangers of one partner doing it all are two-pronged. One, in case of the unfortunate demise of a partner, the other is left in the lurch. Two, the spouse who manages money ends up dictating terms to the other, a big reason for clashes and arguments.

It doesn’t really matter who plans and handles the money as long as both partners remain in the loop. Pranav and Palak of Ahmedabad have found a good balance: while Pranav takes care of equity investments and bill payments, Palak looks after debt component and household expenses. If division is such that one person is making all investments, or inadequate financial savviness hampers the distribution of work, it is important that the partner be kept well-informed.

Have you merged your money?

This is another issue that raises tempers and needs to be settled at the outset. It should ideally be preceded by a frank discussion on your financial status before marriage. The factors that decide this issue are the alignment of your financial habits and, more importantly, how much you trust your partner. “If there is no discussion on it before marriage, it is best not to rush into combining finances immediately after tying the knot and should be done after six months or one year,” says Subramanyam.

For most people, a good way to avoid fights over spending is to have a joint account for combined expenses, and separate accounts for individual, discretionary expenses. However, there is no right answer to this dilemma and, depending on the strategy that works well for you, you can either keep your money separate or combine it.

Repayment of existing debt can also be a big friction point for the couple. Ideally, the loans taken before marriage should be settled by the respective partners, while co-owned assets should invite joint loans. If, however, there is a good understanding, you can decide your own mode of merger.

Does one partner have all the debt?

While debt may not seem like a big enough cause for marital confrontation, it can turn into one. If one partner takes up the responsibility of borrowing and repaying the loan, while the other manages household expenses, the former manages to build an asset and the latter is left with nothing. In case of a separation, this can pose problems. Even though law empowers women to be part owners of property bought during marriage, irrespective of who pays for it, it is not true of other assets and can lead to a bitter conflict.

The other reason to split debts, be it a bank loan or credit card, is that it helps build credit score. Without a good repayment history, one may not qualify for loans even if one wants to at a later stage. So try to have independent credit cards instead of add-ons to your spouse’s card. “If the partner blows up the entire amount, it may affect your credit score,” says Pai. Not to mention the fact that you will be left to pay the entire bill in case of a separation. It is also the simplest way to keep both the spouses accountable. This is because in case of a divorce or default in payment by one partner, the other will continue to be liable to repay the amount.

Do you have conflicting habits?

Financial personalities are conditioned primarily by our parents’ monetary habits. Being at odds with your spouse’s habits — be it extravagant spending or taking risk — can draw a deep wedge in the marriage. This is why it is essential to understand your spouse’s financial attitudes before marriage. “If you don’t already know a person before marriage and meet through a matrimonial site, pay attention to visual cues, besides talking in detail. If a person insists on meeting in a 5-star hotel or wears branded stuff even though he doesn’t claim a big salary, be on the alert,” cautions Pai.

As for minor differences over spending and investment choices, it’s best to tide over them as long as you stick to a budget and asset allocation, and are on track to meet your goals. If, however, there are fissures that seem unbridgeable, consult a financial planner.

It is not easy to balance money and marriage at the best of times.If you answered in affirmative to any of the above questions, you need to make a few changes in attitudes to ensure the sustenance of marriage. Make your choice.

Picture credits: Images Bazaar

Before you marry…

…ask these questions:

Do you track savings and spending? This will tell you whether your spouse is planned and serious about money. Will we combine or keep our debts separate? Do not take on too much of a partner’s debt unless it’s an asset that you jointly own.Is your family financially dependent on you? How will you take care of them?

To avoid arguments later, it’s best to talk about it now.Will we combine our money after marriage or keep it separate? If you don’t know your partner well, wait for six months before deciding.How will we divide financial responsibility like paying bills and investments after marriage? The division of labour will again have to be discussed and ideally split according to one’s calibre.

While married…

…get this information:

Accounts and passwords: You should be aware of all the account numbers, including savings banks, PF, PPF, demat, credit cards, mutual funds, insurance policies and tax details. Ensure access to password of online accounts.

Investment portfolio: You should know about all the investments made in your or your spouse’s name so that you can balance, redeem and make further investments.

Insurance policies: Information about all types of insurance is critical to making claims or withdrawing money on maturity. You should also know about the due dates for premium payment to avoid the lapsing of policies.

Will, estate planning: Having access to will and property is essential for smooth transition of all assets. Keep all vital documents in a safe deposit or locker, or store them online.

If you separate…

…take this action:

Change nominee details: Since the spouse is typically the nominee in all investments, change the nomination details in PF, PPF, bank account, demat account, mutual funds and insurance policies.

Block credit cards: In case of add-on or supplementary cards, block immediately to prevent the spouse from withdrawing all the money or making purchases.

Close joint accounts: If you have a joint savings account, the spouse can take out all the money, irrespective of who deposits it. Foreclose FDs and other joint investments.

Terminate ecs for emis: In case of joint purchase of assets and loans taken for these, instruct the bank to stop the EMIs.

Alter your will: If you have a will, alter the beneficiary.



IRS officer files case against wife for abducting son

IRS officer files case against wife for abducting son

BHOPAL: A 32-year-old woman has been booked for kidnapping her 4-year-old son on a complaint of her husband. Accused in the case is daughter of a senior police official of the rank of additional director general of police. She too has got a counter case registered against her husband, who is an Indian Revenue Services officer, for beating her.

Couple has separated and complainant Siddharth, a deputy commissioner is posted in Mumbai. As per court’s directive their son, Arihant has to be in custody of his father on every first and third Friday of the month while rest of the time he has to be with his mother. Santosh had appealed against the decision in higher court, but it was turned down.

Woman, Santosh Meena, daughter of ADG, KL Meena, and a pathologist, told TOI she took Arihant to the court to be given to his father’s custody but when she moved out, her son started crying.

Siddarth wanted to take the child in a car, but he ran towards her, which led to a fight between them after which she took the child and went to MP Nagar police station to lodge a complain against her husband alleging he beat her up.

However, while the couple were fighting outside district court, which led to a traffic jam, her husband’s brother shot a video on his mobile phone, which showed the woman forcefully taking away her kid on the basis of which, Siddharth got a case of abduction registered against his wife.

Santosh said despite being daughter of an ADG, she had to struggle for hours to get a case registered against her husband. “I went for medicals, kept insisting for hours, but the police worked under pressure of my husband”, she alleged.



Kasargod: Burnt body of CPM activist found in Kanhangad

Kasargod: Burnt body of CPM activist found in Kanhangad

Kasargod, Feb 22: A CPM activist was found charred to death in Kanhangad on the morning of Saturday February 21.

The deceased is Rajan (33) and his body was found in a behind his house.

It is suspected that he was set on fire with kerosene and diesel. When the residents of the house got up in the morning, they found that Rajan was missing.

In a road accident that occurred on the morning of Friday February 20 at Markkada, Kananghad, a relative of Rajan had died. Rajan had taken part in his last rites and had gone to sleep at night after returning home. The circumstances leading to his death are not yet known.

The wedding of Rajan’s brother Rajiv was scheduled for Thursday February 26 and preparations were going on for it.

Hosadurg police have registered a case.



Udupi: Pamboor girl returns home, says she was kidnapped; another still missing

Udupi: Pamboor girl returns home, says she was kidnapped; another still missing

Udupi, Feb 23: In a dramatic development, one of the girls who was reportedly kidnapped at Pamboor under Shirva police station limits returned home on the morning of Monday February 23, much to the relief of her family members and locals.

However, the other girl is still missing.

Kallamma (15), daughter of Swamy and her neighbour Shailini (15), daughter of Krishnappa, went missing on Tuesday February 17 from Dharmashree Colony, Pamboor.

Among the two, Kallamma returned home on Monday morning, while Shailini’s whereabouts are still not known.

Narrating the incident, a seemingly shaken Kallamma said that she and Shailini were forced into a car on February 17 and taken to Mysuru. She somehow managed to escape from the clutches of the kidnappers and after begging from people, she was able to make enough money to buy bus ticket.

She then caught a bus to Udupi from Mysuru and reached home, she said.

She further said she did not know what had happened to Shailini.

The police have taken her for inquiry, after which more details would be revealed. The search for other girl is on.

Raghavendra, a suspect in the case is still missing. Raghavendra had come for masonry work to the house of one Nagaraj about a month ago and had grown friendly with the girls. His disappearance which coincinded with the girls going missing raised suspicions. Moreover, out of fear of law, Nagaraj and his wife too locked their house and left the town, but returned later.

Sources said that Nagaraj too has been taken for inquiry to obtain more details about Raghavendra.



Thieves decamp with cash, gold in serial thefts at Kinnigoli

Thieves decamp with cash, gold in serial thefts at Kinnigoli

Mangaluru, Feb 22: Serial thefts have been reported from Hosakadu area near Kinnigoli. Thieves have decamped with 17.5 sovereigns of gold and Rs 10,000 in cash. The incident occurred on the night of Friday February 20. Mulky station police are conducting an investigation.

The thieves gained access after removing the latch of the front door through the window which was open. They sprinkled soap oil on the latch of the door through the window to open it easily. They took away the gold kept in the cupboard.

The soap oil was found on the wall of the house and the ground. They threw the oil tin outside the house while leaving. There were four people in the house during the thefts and the thieves were careful not to alert them in any way.

The also targeted the house of Ahmed nearby and tried to remove the latch of the back door. As they could not succeed, they latched the door from outside before leaving. The thieves then went to the house of Harish Suvarna in the neighborhood and entered through the back door after opening the latch through the window. They went into the room where Suvarna was sleeping. They had bought a suitcase and after entering the kitchen, took Rs 10,000 from there.

The thieves then entered the room where the daughter and mother-in-law of Suvarna were sleeping and switched off the mobile which was being charged. Then they tried to open the cupboard. On seeing this, Suvarna’s daughter pretended to cough and the thieves fled on hearing this.

The daughter later awakened the others in the house who immediately telephoned Panchayat member Mayyadi. He arrived around 3 am and after confirming the theft informed Mulky police. The police arrived and conducted an inspection.

When Vishwanath Shettigar and others in the house got up in the morning, their main door was open and the theft came to light. The police dog followed the scent upto about 100 m by road and then by walkway.

Marks of the wheels of a bike were found there and it is suspected that the thieves might have parked their bike there and walked the rest of the way. It is believed that there were two persons involved in the thefts and the involvement of local people cannot be ruled out. A similar incident had occurred in Kinnigoli six months ago. The thieves had broken the CC camera, entered the house, and decamped with valuables.



Minor incidents of violence mar Shivamogga bandh

Minor incidents of violence mar Shivamogga bandh

Shivamogga, Feb 22 (DHNS): Barring a few stray incidents of violence, the city bandh called by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad to protest the communal clash and murder of Vishwanath Shetty, evoked good response on Saturday.

However, an attack on Friday night and a murder in the early hours of Saturday prompted the police to enforce a prohibitory order under Section 144.

By and large, the bandh was peaceful. All educational institutes, business establishments, government offices and cinema halls remained closed. Police personnel were deployed across the city to prevent any untoward incident. However, a goods carrier was torched by miscreants on Sagar Road. Fire fighters rushed to the spot and doused the flames.

The attack on a veterinary doctor, Jayakanth, by a four-member group on Friday night at Gondichatnahalli in the taluk and the murder of Manjunath, 24, by unidentified persons in the wee hours of Saturday in the city re-kindled tension. Prompted by this, the police enforced a prohibitory order in the city under Section 144. They announced the same over loudspeaker and said the people should follow the order without fail.

According to the Shivamogga rural police, the group attacked the doctor, who serves at Hadonahalli, while he was heading towards the city. He is undergoing treatment at the Nanjappa Life Care Hospital in the city.

The government has announced a compensation of Rs 7.5 lakh to the kin of Manjunath, who worked in a wine shop in the city. It is not clear whether the attack and murder were communally motivated.

BJP leaders led by Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council K S Eshwarappa staged a protest in the district police office premises, demanding the arrest of those responsible for the communal clash and murder. The innocent Hindus who were arrested should be released, they said.


One taken into custody from Kodi

Silvester D’Souza
Daijiworld Media Network-Kundapur (RJP)

Kundapur, Feb 22: One person has been taken into police custody relating to the incident which transpired during PFI procession in Shivamogga on Thursday.

As per reports, a red Maruti Ertiga car with the Udupi registration was spotted in Shivamogga on the day of the unrest began. The Shivamogga police came to know that the car belonged to a person from Kodi. Hence the police arrived to Kodi on February 21 and took a person into their custody from his residence for further investigations.

Kundapur police assisted their counterparts from Shivamogga.



Mangaluru: 23-year-old lady ends life by jumping into well

Mangaluru: 23-year-old lady ends life by jumping into well

Mangaluru, Feb 22: A 23-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide by jumping into an open well at Pilar here on Sunday February 22.

The deceased has been identified as Savita Gatty, daughter of the late Vishwanath Gatty, resident of Pilar.

It is said that Savita went missing from home late night on Saturday February 21. Her family members searched for her but in vain.

Finally, her body was found in a well located in an adjacent plantation belonging to Shreedhar Alva.

Sources said that Savita was lately suffering from mental illness. It is learnt that she had attempt suicide on a previous occasion too.

Sources said that she had studied day and night during her BSc but developed some neurological illness due to which she would frequently get seizures. She was then put on medication and her condition was such that even a day without medicines would bring on attacks. She was forced to discontinue studies and supported her family by doing beedi work along with her mother.

She was the youngest of five daughters, and was unmarried. Among the other four sisters, only the eldest is married.

The family is said to be poor and the house they stay in was reportedly built with the help of locals. 

SI Bharati and police personnel arrived at the spot.

Ullal police have registered a case.



Beltangady: Accused in murder case in police custody; another body found

Beltangady: Accused in murder case in police custody; another body found

Beltangady, Feb 22: A day after unidentified body was found in a secluded spot near Netravati bridge, Dharmasthala here and four persons were detained for alleged murder, the police found yet another body was found in the same vicinity on Saturday February 21.

Meanwhile, among the four persons detained, Mallesh was arrested and produced in court, remanded in police custody for a week. The other three are expected to be arrested soon.

The mysterious case came to light on Friday February 20 after a body of an unidentified man was found. It was initially assumed that the deceased man was Ramesh Poojary from Mumbai who had gone missing in Dharmashtala in December 2014. However, the four persons who were detained and brought to the spot for identification said that the dead man was not Ramesh Poojary, but admitted to have killed the unidentified man for money.

They had also revealed that they had killed Ramesh Poojary, but did not know the whereabouts of his mortal remains. While searching for Ramesh, the police stumbled upon yet another body on Saturday.

The deceased man, aged about 60-65 years, was found to be hanging from a tree. As the body was decomposed, it is suspected that he might have died about four-five months back.

A case was registered based on a complaint filed by Dharmasthala panchayat development officer Ratnaraj Hegde.

It is not yet known if Mallesh and his accomplices have any connection with the death of this man. It is also not known whether it was a case of suicide or murder. A clear picture would emerge investigation, police said.

Meanwhile, search for Ramesh is still on. Though the gang had reportedly said they had murdered Ramesh, police said his death is not yet certain and he may be only missing.

District superintendent of police Dr Sharanappa informed that samples of the unidentified bodies have been collected and sent for DNA tests.

Beltangady inspector Lingappa Poojary is heading the investigation team.



Shivamogga: Town returns to normalcy – harmony meeting held

Shivamogga: Town returns to normalcy – harmony meeting held

Shivamogga, Feb 23: The town, which was reeling under communal disturbances since Thursday, returned to normalcy on Sunday February 22.

The presence of about 2,500 police personnel in and around the town ensured that law order situation is not disturbed. Over 100 were taken into custody and questioned by the police relating to the disturbances.

There is information that a shop in Vinoba Nagar was set on fire by miscreants, burning a number of things inside the shop.

From Saturday, adviser to the state home minister and IPS officer, Kempaiah, who had in the past worked as the superintendent of police here, has taken over the task of managing the situation.

On Sunday, most of the shops were closed as usual. Some shops and establishments were open. Buses, auto rickshaws, and other vehicles moved about normally. Prohibitory orders continue to be in force.

Kempaiah and district in-charge minister, Kimmane Ratnakar, held discussions with senior police officials about ways and means to manage the situation and bring culprits to book. Kempaiah also held a harmony meeting between BJP and Muslim leaders with the participation of BJP leader, K S Eshwarappa, which was participated by Rajya member, Ayanur Manjunath, and MLC, Bhanuprakash too. Kempaiah said that a separate police team would be formed to bring to book those who had created
disturbances and then gone underground.

Former chief minister, B S Yeddyurappa, visited affected areas and consoled the victims of disturbances. ADGP, Kishore Chandra, said that over 100 people have been arrested relating to the disturbances and that policemen are pooling information about the incidents and expressed confidence of finding out the hooligans and taking legal action against them.



Kasargod: Youth stabbed to death at Kumble; shops shut down

Kasargod: Youth stabbed to death at Kumble; shops shut down

Kasargod, Feb 23: A youth was allegedly murdered in Kumble on Sunday, February 22, following which miscreants went on a rampage damaging shops and the house of one of the accused.

The deceased person is Sakir (19), son of Ahmed Haji from Tsunami colony.

As per reports, an argument took place between two groups regarding some pass issue at the gate of a football match. When the situation turned tense, the police intervened and managed to pacify the fighting groups.

However, later in the evening, some persons waylaid Sakir while he was on his way home and stabbed him.

Though Sakir was taken to district hospital in Kumble, he could not be saved.

A case has been registered against four persons identified as Farooq, Basith, Siddique and Rashid. It is learnt that Farooq was accused in the murder of Hamid at Kumble railway station a few years ago.

Sources said that the two groups had been engaged in a fight over the last few days, and on Sunday, a trivial issue sparked the incident.

After news spread about the death of Sakir, a group of persons went on a rampage demanding the closure of shops. Some shops were damaged. Police who acted swiftly managed to bring the situation to normal.

On Monday February 23 too, shops in Kumble remained closed. Buses are running normally.

Also, some miscreants gathered in front of accused Farooq’s house at Koippady in Kumble and pelted stones, causing damage to the house.

Security has been beefed up in the area.