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4 more detenus begin fast

CHENNAI SEPT. 6. Even as a city magistrate visited the Chennai Central Prison to ascertain the health condition of seven POTA (Prevention of Terrorism Act) prisoners, on fast since August 26, four other accused began a fast on September 3.

According to sources, XIV metropolitan magistrate visited the prison at the instance of the chief metropolitan magistrate. He is to file a report to the CMM on the health condition of the fasting detenus.

Meanwhile, four more POTA detenus have joined their fasting colleagues. The number of POTA accused on fast has gone up to 11 in the Chennai prison alone.

The four who began a fast on September 3 are A. Palanisamy, S. Duraisingavel, A. Madhiah and K. Ravi. In the central prison here are 20 POTA detenus, all transferred from the Salem Central Prison in February this year.

They are among the 26 persons arrested by the Uthangkarai police in Dharmapuri district in November 2002. While two of the arrested were adjudged juveniles and ordered to be tried under the relevant law, the others, who included six women, could not even get bail for the past 22 months. The `Q' branch police are yet to file a charge sheet. Women POTA detenus on fast for the tenth day

Agitation enters 10th day

Our Vellore Staff Reporter reports

The three POTA detenus — Anandi, Joyce Mary and Rita Mary — continued their indefinite fast for the 10th day today, pressing their demand for withdrawal of the cases against them.

The trio are among the six suspected women naxalites who were arrested for their alleged involvement in violent incidents that occurred in Uthangkarai police station limits in Krishnagiri district and Kallavi police station limits in Dharmapuri district in November 2002.

Bid to smuggle heroin

By Our Staff Reporter

Tuticorin Sept. 6. A special Narcotics Control Bureau team from Chennai seized 4.27 kg of heroin and arrested two persons here last night on charges of attempting to smuggle the contraband to Sri Lanka.

According to NCB sources, the team, based on a tip-off, was following S. Abdul Bhari (45) of Venkateswara Street, Triplicane, Chennai, as he was travelling in a bus from the State capital to Tuticorin with the narcotic substance. When he came to the new bus stand here around 8.45 p.m., B. Ashok Fernando (42), a worker of Cargo Handling Labour Pool, an arm of the Tuticorin Port Trust, hailing from Grotto Street, Tuticorin, met him to receive the consignment.

The team nabbed the two and produced them before the judicial magistrate, Kabir, at his residence. They were remanded to custody. During interrogation, they reportedly admitted that they had purchased heroin in Pune. The police suspect they might have easily smuggled the narcotic substances to the island nation since Ashok Fernando had easy access to the harbour.

30 tonnes of rice seized

By Our Staff Reporter

Ramanathapuram Sept. 6. The Parthibanur Police today seized 30 tonnes of rice meant for `food for work' scheme and arrested five persons including an agent on charges of trafficking. According to sources, the high way patrol team intercepted two speeding lorries and found the rice meant for distributing in Kadaladi Union for the scheme.

Foreign wristwatches found

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI SEPT. 6. Huge quantities of watches of foreign make, valued at Rs. 30 lakhs, were seized by the officers of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence here recently.

The contraband goods, found in a consignment in the unaccompanied baggage section of the Chennai air cargo complex, arrived from Hong Kong by a Thai Airways flight. As no one came forward to file the baggage declaration even after 25 days, officials checked the address furnished in the import documents and found that the person in whose name the consignment was booked had left a year back, said an official release.

On examining the cargo the officials found that the baggage contained 13,000 assorted watches.

Two electrocuted

By Our Special Correspondent

VILLUPURAM Sept. 6. A farm hand and a contract labour were electrocuted in separate incidents in the past two days here.

Valdasar (33) died on the spot today after unwittingly coming into contact with an electric fence at Sithal, put up by one Rajendran to protect his groundnut crop from stray pigs.

In another incident, B. Ravi (27) of Akkarapalayam inadvertently touched a low-lying live wire when he climbed on to an overhead tank in the Kachirapalayam Panchayat for cleaning it on Sunday.

Relatives demanded compensation and a job and threatened to block the traffic by placing the body on the road if their demands were not met. They were later pacified by the Kallakurichi Tahsildar, Ghouse, and the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Jayabalan.

Training in biodiesel production

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI SEPT. 6. The Small Industries Service Institute (Technology Resource Centre), Chennai, is conducting a two-day training programme in production of biodiesel from jatropha on its premises on October 4 and 5.

The programme will focus on opportunities in jatropha cultivation and oil extraction. Techniques to market the products and incentives available from the Government will also be discussed. A visit to a demo unit for biodiesel production will also be arranged.

For details contact the SISI, GST Road, Guindy, Chennai-32 or visit the web site www.sisi-chennai.com, says an institute release.

College girl commits suicide

NAGAPATTINAM SEPT. 6 . Sathya (19) of Puthur village near Sirkazhi, first-year degree student in a college at Porayar in Nagapattinam district, allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison. The police said that the girl, suffering from stomach pain, took poison on August 26 and died in the Annamalai University Hospital in Chidambaram today.

Youth dies in freak mishap

KARUR SEPT. 6 . A youth was killed in a freak mishap at a blue metal crusher unit near here yesterday.

The police said P. Satheesh Kumar (19) was badly injured in his face and body when he tried to unload a truck full of blue metal at a stone-crushing unit at Thennilai on the Karur-Coimbatore highway. Satheesh Kumar was rushed to the Karur Government Hospital where he succumbed to injuries. The K. Paramathi police are investigating.

Insurance agent killed

KARUR SEPT. 6 . An insurance agent, V. Karthikeyan (27) of Gandhigramam near here died when an unidentified vehicle knocked him down near the Teresa School on the Karur-Tiruchi Highway while he was returning home last night. Karthikeyan died on way to hospital.

Two more held

under NSA

TIRUCHI SEPT. 6. Two more persons, Dakshinamoorthy, 30, of Pudukottai, and Gunaseelan, 28, of Woraiyur, were detained under the National Security Act in connection with July 26 Nagamangalam triple murder.

`Muttai' Ravi and Ananthan were detained under the NSA recently.

Office-bearers

By Our Special Correspondent

PUDUKOTTAI SEPT. 6. Following were elected office-bearers of the Pudukottai district unit of the Tamil Nadu Government Employees Association at its fifth district conference held here yesterday:

President: L. Prabakaran, vice-presidents: Azhwar Appan, Kumaravel, T. Natarajan, secretary: K. Nagarajan, joint secretaries: R. S. Sundaramoorthy, J. Noor Mohamed and M. Joshi and treasurer: Jayabalan.

Mettur level

By Our Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI SEPT. 6 . The level in the Mettur reservoir stood at 81.89 feet today. The inflow was 10,647 cusecs and the discharge 10,250 cusecs.

Man killed in accident

Ramanathapuram Sept.6. One person was today killed in a road accident at Paramakudi.

According to sources, when Kulanthairaj (50), son of Savarimuthu, was riding a motorcycle at Paramakudi when a Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation bus dashed against him, killing him on the spot.

The police have registered a case against Muthiah, bus driver.

Police hunt on for five persons

Nagercoil Sept.6. The All women police at Colachel are on the lookout for five persons on a charge of demanding more dowry from a woman.

According to the police, Mohammed Sithik of Enayam under Colachel police limit married Samina (23) of the same area five years ago.

Her husband and his relatives, including his mother Suleka, demanded her Rs.3 crores to open a jewellery mart in Chennai, a car and 92 sovereigns of gold ornaments.

When she refused, Mohammed Sithik harassed her.

Hence, she lodged a complaint against her husband and his four relatives.

Temple burgled

Nagercoil Sept.6. The police are on the lookout for some unidentified persons, who burgled a temple at Arukani.

According to the police, some persons broke open the front door of the Kali Temple and decamped with three sovereigns of gold ornaments and other puja materials on Sunday night.

Water level

MADURAI SEPT.6. The level in the Periyar dam today stood at 117 feet with an inflow of 185 cusecs and a discharge of 1013 cusecs.

The level in the Vaigai dam was 40.91 feet with an inflow of 420 cusecs and a discharge of 30 cusecs.

The combined Periyar storage was 3028 mcft.

The amount of rainfall recorded in the region in the last 24 hours ending at 8.30 a.m. was: Kuppanampatti - 8 mm, followed by the Periyar dam - 4, Peranai - 2.6 and Sothuparai - 2 mm.

No power

SALEM SEPT. 6. As Tamil Nadu Electricity Board will undertake maintenance works at its sub stations at Mallur and Vembadithalam, there will be no power supply to the following areas on September 8 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., says press release from the Executive Engineer S. Mariappan (Maintenance) South, Salem.

Mallur substation areas: Mallur, Panamarathupatti, Tirumanoor, Parapatti, Ondiyur, Keeranur Valasu, Keeranur and Komarapalayam.

Vembadithalam substation: Ilampillai, Gandhi Nagar, Thappakuttai, Siddar Koil, Karungalpatti, Edanganasalai, KK. Nagar, Vembadithalam, Kakkapalayam and Magudanchavadi.

Seminar

SALEM SEPT 6. Federation for Associations of Consumer and Environment in Tamil Nadu in association with NSS wing of the Education Department conducted a one-day seminar on "Consumer protection and education" on St. Paul's HSS campus on Saturday.

Token fast

SALEM SEPT 6. Members of the Salem district unit of United Communist Party of India observed one-day token fast here today to protest against the District administration's failure to provide basic amenities to the villagers of P.N Karattur near here.

Grievances day

By Our Staff Reporter

ERODE SEPT .6. A mass contact day would be conducted at Ekkatampalayam village in Chennimalai panchayat Union on September 8. The public may submit their grievances for redressal.

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