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Police custody for Gopanna
Kakinada: The Third Additional Judicial First Class Magistrate court at Rajahmundry on Monday issued orders permitting the police to take into their custody, the top naxalite, Seshagirirao alias Gopanna, for interrogation for a period of three days. The East Godavari SP, Naveen Chand, said Gopanna, in Central jail now, would be interrogated and transferred to judicial custody on March 18.
Maoist dump unearthed
ADILABAD: The Utnoor sub-division police recovered two more rifles and some ammunition belonging to the Indervelli dalam of the CPI (Maoist) on the outskirts of Holwadi village on Monday. At a press conference here, the Adilabad SP, Kripanand Tripathi Ujela, said that with the recovery of the rifles and two .303 rifles on March 5, the dalam had been rendered weaponless and on the run. The police also recovered three magazines, 46 live rounds of an SLR, an olive green uniform reportedly of the dalam commander, Prabhakar, pouches, diaries, party literature and medicines.
Janashakti activist surrenders
Sangareddy: Syamala alias Chintamadaka Lakshmi alias Suneetha (19), a Janashakti Sircilla dalam member of Karimnagar, surrendered before Anjani Kumar, DIG of Nizamabad range, here on Monday. A resident of Habsipur in Dubbaka mandal of Medak district, Syamala joined the Bhimgal dalam two years ago hoping that the dalam would help her marry her lover as her parents were against the marriage. Instead, she was shifted to Sircilla dalam where she fell in love with a member, Ravi alias Bharat. Unable to get Ravi's nod for the marriage, she left the group and returned home. "I am happy to return to my village. I want to live a normal life. If parents accepted my wish then, I would not have run away," Syamala told reporters later.
Students vent ire against school
NIZAMABAD: Students, parents and NSUI activists, numbering about 250, attacked Golden Jubilee Aided High School (Urdu medium) on Khila road here and destroyed furniture for not remitting examination fee paid by as many as 48 private students for appearing for the SSC examination which began on Monday. They destroyed benches, chairs and fans of the school. The II Town police led by Md. Waheeduddin, SI, rushed to the spot to pacify the enraged students but in vain. The protesters relented when the DEO, Gopal Reddy, and his deputy, Lingaiah, came there and assured students of getting their hall-tickets issued. WMeanwhile, a cheating case was booked under Section 420 of the IPC against the school management and also staff, the SI said.
Woman employee removal set aside
HYDERABAD: The High Court has declared that woman employee cannot be terminated from the service on the ground of unauthorised absence when she could not attend to the duty due to pregnancy. Justice Prakash Rao delivered the verdict in the case of Lakshmi, manager, Sri Saraswati Grameena Bank, Adilabad, who was sacked by the management. The management claimed that she remained absent from the duty without prior intimation and approval and as per rules she was removed from the service. The employee who filed the writ petition contended that she was a married woman and she was pregnant and she could not attend to the duty due to delivery and post-delivery problems. Mr. Justice Rao said the rule relied upon by the management cannot be made applicable to a woman and set aside the removal order.
Custody of 8 suspects extended
ANANTAPUR: The judicial custody of seven suspects in the Paritala Ravindra murder case was extended by another 14 days by the Additional Judicial First Class Magistrate here on Monday following a petition moved by the counsel for the CBI. Speaking to reporters from the police vehicle parked on the District Court premises, V. Konda, one of the suspects, alleged that CBI sleuths were harassing his family members on the pretext of gathering information. On another petition moved by the Two Town police, the judge extended the custody of the suspect in the Tagarakunta Prabhakar case, M. Bhaskar Reddy, till March 28.
Life term for 8 in killing case
NELLORE: The Second Additional District and Sessions Judge, P. Mutyala Naidu, on Monday sentenced Vutukuru Lakshmaih, a former councillor of the Congress, and seven others to life imprisonment and levied a fine of Rs. 2,000 on each of them in the killing of one Patrangi Ramanaiah, a TDP follower, in 1996.
Postal strike from today
CUDDAPAH: Six lakh postal workers in the country will go on an indefinite strike from Tuesday against repeated violation of agreements and dishonouring of commitments, according to union leaders here. The leaders of the All-India Postal Employees Union Group C, Postman and Grameen Dak Sevaks -- S. Moulana, C. Nagaprasad and B. Subbanna -- in a statement on Monday demanded stoppage of closure of post offices, RMS and MMS offices and filling of vacant posts. They demanded implementation of upgradation of payscales as agreed upon on December 18, 1998. The CITU expressed support to the strike.
Booking of mangoes on SCR
HYDERABAD: The South Central Railway (SCR) has made arrangements for booking of indents for transport of mangoes from Nuzvid station to Naya Azadpur, Delhi, from March 25 on collection of the wagon demand registration fee. Individuals, growers, merchants, traders, `hundakars' and associations can register indents round-the-clock. Each of them can indent for full rakes of a minimum of 30 wagons each and a maximum of 40 wagons. Those who had placed orders last year can ask for two rakes at a time.
Ryot electrocuted in field
CUDDAPAH: A farmer, Iragamreddy Siva Reddy (30), was electrocuted in an agricultural field at Bosireddipalle village of Khajipet mandal on Sunday night. He went to switch off his pumpset when he came into contact with a live electric wire lying on the ground in the adjoining field.
Plea for ST listing
ANANTAPUR: The Zilla Medarla Sangham took out a procession here on Monday urging the Government to include them in the Scheduled Tribes category. The leaders of the sangham -- P.M. Suryanarayana, T.M. Veerabhadraiah, T.M. Aswartha Narayana and others -- said they were being denied welfare and development schemes. They submitted a memorandum to the District Revenue Officer, M. Sudarshan Reddy.
30 booked for copying
ANANTAPUR: Thirty students were booked for copying in the Intermediate First Year Mathematics-I and Botany-I examinations in the district on Monday. Eleven of them were booked in Anantapur town itself.
Lightning destroys 3 huts
NELLORE: Three thatched houses were gutted in Velugonu village of Rapur mandal on Sunday night, due to lightning, causing a loss of more than Rs. 50,000. The lightning strike also resulted in the death of two sheep. Since there was unusual rain in the area, considerable damage was caused to the sunflower crop.
Gurukul likely for Rapur
Nellore: Rapur town is likely to get a Gurukul High School this academic year, with the Government giving the green signal. A search is on for a suitable building. According to information, the Telugu Ganga office buildings may be used for the purpose. The school will later be upgraded into a junior college.
Pension hike sought
CUDDAPAH: The Andhra Pradesh Agricultural Labourers Union members staged a dharna before the Cuddapah MPDO office on Monday demanding enhancement of old age and widow pensions. The union's general secretary, P. Krishnamurthy, demanded hike in pensions from Rs. 75 to Rs. 300 and prompt payment.
Plea to give up
CUDDAPAH: The Agricultural Market Security Guards Union urged the Government on Monday to give up moves to privatise agricultural market yards, provide job security for security guards, workers and hamalis and extension of EPF and ESI facilities to them.
CUDDAPAH: The Cuddapah DCC office caretaker, C.H. Sivaiah, was appointed DCC office joint secretary on Monday by the DCC president, Shaik Hussain. In a statement, Sivaiah thanked the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Mr. Shaik Hussain, MPs, MLAs and other party leaders.
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