Minor girl held in captivity by ‘miracle-loving swami’ rescued
A minor girl who was kept in captivity by a ‘fake’ swami as part of his ploy to build a ‘reincarnation story’ has been rescued by the taluk administration in Jhunjarwad village of Athani taluk of the district.
Following reports in a section of electronic media, the minor girl was rescued by Athani Tahsildar Aparna Pavate who reached the spot along with police on Tuesday night. The rescued girl is now recuperating in Athani taluk hospital.
The police have arrested the self-proclaimed seer Sadashiv of Appayya Math in Jhunjarwad village, along with his two accomplices who have been identified as Suresh Mutagi of Indi taluk and Gurupadgouda Patil of Jamkhandi taluk.
Mr. Sadashiv reportedly has been listed as rowdy-sheeter in Bagalkot. According to local residents, the ‘swami’ was known for staging ‘miracles’ and was reportedly fond of publicity.
The police said Mr. Sadashiv had reportedly stage-managed immolation of a minor girl before some devotees and videographed the same. He had told the devotees that the girl would reincarnate as a goddess on the 21st day of her immolation and as part of his ploy had kept another girl under captivity in an underground room.
However, media houses, who received video of the immolation from the ‘swami’, questioned his acts. The taluk administration swung into action and arrested Mr. Sadashiv. Deputy Commissioner N. Jayaram, who visited the spot, told reporters that stern action would be taken against the guilty.
Woman Sub-Registrar complains of threat to life by two persons
A woman Sub-Registrar, Saraswathi, on Wednesday lodged a complaint with the police against two persons of having allegedly threatened her of acid attack if she did not withdraw a case she had filed against DMK councillor T. Thangamankani recently.
The Srivilliputtur Town police issued a community service register (CSR) receipt to the officer in this connection, sources said. In her complaint, the woman officer said two persons, known to Thangamankani, had come to her and asked her to withdraw the case which she had filed against him.
They also threatened her with dire consequences if she failed to do so. Hence, she had sought protection, the police said.
Based on her first complaint filed in January that Thangamankani threatened her with dire consequences if she did not give funds for the party’s Tiruchi conference, the police had arrested him along with another functionary, on charges of extortion bid and criminal intimidation. However, Inspector of Police, Srivilliputtur Town, Sundarapandian said during investigation the police found that there was nothing to prove that the two persons, she had named in her fresh complaint, threatened her. Hence, the CSR was closed on Thursday, he added.
Auto drivers beat colleague to death
A mob of autorickshaw drivers allegedly lynched a fellow driver and threw his body into the Kallukuttai Lake at Perungudi on Thursday evening. The shocking attack occurred at an autorickshaw stand opposite the Tidel Park in Taramani on Thursday evening.
Sources with the Taramani police team probing the matter said the incident took place at the autorickshaw stand around 4.30 p.m., when the victim Purushothaman (28), a driver and resident of Kanagi Nagar, Thoraipakkam, got into an argument with fellow driver Kanniah (54) of the stand.
The younger driver, who was under the influence of alcohol, assaulted the older man and injured him on the head with a knife he was carrying.
This infuriated the others in the stand, which has 94 drivers.
A large group of drivers retaliated by brutally assaulting Purushothaman at the stand. He died on the spot as a result of the beating. Some of the assailants took the body of Purushothaman in an autorickshaw and threw it into the Kallukuttai Lake near Taramani.
The assailants told police that the driver was a nuisance and repeatedly assaulted fellow drivers and took away their hard-earned money. Having received information on the driver’s death, a Taramani police team rushed to the spot and recovered the body from the lake. It was sent for post-mortem to the Government Royapettah Hospital.
Around 8 p.m., a group of nearly 50 autorickshaw drivers gathered outside the Taramani police station, shouting that they were Purushothaman’s killers and demanding that all of them be put behind bars. Senior police officers reached the station and are investigating further.
The lynched driver was involved in various cases of crime in Kannagi Nagar and adjoining areas.
The group attacked the man after he assaulted a fellow driver under the influence of alcohol