Two pedestrians were killed after a tipper lorry hit them when they were crossing the road near Hampankatta Junction, on Saturday night.

The lorry driver has been arrested, Mangalore Traffic (West) police said.

The police said a 40-year-old woman died on the spot, while 50-year-old Mamunji, a resident of Kalladka in Bantwal, succumbed to injury in Government Wenlock Hospital. The police said the tipper lorry was going from Hampankatta (city market) towards Jyothi Circle.

Search for molester

The Mangalore Woman police are searching for the person who assaulted and molested a 22-year-old woman in a city bus on Saturday.

The woman, a resident of Katipalla, intervened in a fight between Amar, also a resident of Katipalla and another person in the city bus going to the State Bank Circle. Amar pushed the woman aside and then molested her in the bus.

The woman, a social activist, lodged a complaint with the woman police, who have registered a case under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code.

Blast victims recovering

Eight persons, who were injured in an explosion in the steam-based captive power plant at the Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemical Limited on Friday, continue to be treated in a private hospital.

Babulal, who suffered around 60 per cent burns, was in the surgical Intensive Care Unit.

Bipin and Nadir Ansari, who underwent operations, are in the general ward along with Ramvachan Nishad, Suryanarayan, Nadir, Jithendra and Alim Ansari.

Congress leader questioned

President of State unit of Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) Rakesh Malli was questioned by the Bantwal Rural police on Sunday in connection with a case filed by Thumbe Prakash Shetty. According to police, Mr. Shetty had accused Mr. Malli of threatening his life. Mr. Malli was taken by the police as soon as he landed at the Mangalore International Airport.

Bantwal Deputy Superintendent of Police Shivakumar said they did not find anything linking the threat call received by Mr. Shetty to Mr. Malli. “We took Mr. Malli’s statement and released him,” Mr. Shivakumar said.

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