Staff Correspondent

BELTHANGADY: Rathnamma Heggade, 80, mother of D. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala, and Niranjan, 40, her car driver, died on the spot when a van collided with the car in which they were travelling at Janthigoli on Sulkeri-Naravi Road in Venoor police limits on Saturday. Ramesh, driver of the van, was injured. The police said that Rathnamma Heggade was on her way to Karkala from Dharmasthala when the accident took place. Shops and other business establishments at Dharmasthala downed shutters as the news of Rathnamma Heggade's death spread. Governor T.N. Chaturvedi has condoled the death of Rathnamma Heggade.