Prisoner escapes

Thiruvananthapuram: A prisoner who had been admitted in the Prevention of Epidemics and Infectious Diseases Cell at Government Medical College Hospital with chicken pox escaped early Wednesday. `Thatha' Binu, who had been admitted in the ward since last Thursday, escaped by dislodging the grills of the bathroom window, the police said. Staff Reporter

Extortion bid: one held

Thiruvananthapuram: The Thampanoor police have arrested a 39-year-old man on the charge of extorting money from the manager of a petrol bunk near Chenkalchoola colony. Sub-Inspector Thampanoor Sheen Tharayil identified the accused as `Chulla' Binu Kumar. Staff Reporter

Man dead

Thiruvananthapuram: A 60-year-old man was killed when the scooter he was riding collided with a private bus near Ponnara Bridge at Muttathara on Wednesday morning. The police identified the deceased as Muhammad Basheer, a resident of Sulaiman Theruvu on Airport Road.

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Air Marshal calls

on Chief Minister

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief of the Southern Air Command Air Marshal Y.R. Rane called on Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan at the latter's office on Wednesday. A press release issued here said this was the Air Marshal's first courtesy call after assuming charge as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Air Command on February 1.

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