Water level

MADURAI: The water level in the Periyar dam stood at 118.6 feet (136 feet) with an inflow of 212 cusecs and a discharge of 1,045 cusecs. The level in the Vaigai dam was 45.37 feet (71 feet) with an inflow of 708 cusecs and a discharge of 355 cusecs. The combined Periyar credit stood at 3,467 mcft.

Dies in road accident

A motorcyclist was killed in a road accident on the Dindigul Road here on Wednesday. According to police sources, J. Edwin Jayadas (48) of Koilpappakudi was proceeding towards Paravai in a two-wheeler when another speeding motorcyclist knocked him down. The victim suffered a grievous head injury and died at the Government Rajaji Hospital. The Sellur police have registered a case.

CITU hails decision

The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (autorickshaw wing) has welcomed the decision to fix meters for autorickshaws in the State.

According to its general secretary (Madurai branch), R. Deivaraj, introduction of meter fare structure for autorickshaws was a long-pending demand of the CITU in view of fuel prices being revised on many occasions. Like in Karnataka, the Government of Tamil Nadu should offer Rs. 5,000 as subsidy for autorickshaws with approved gas connection, he added.

Concern over encounter killings

Evidence, a human rights organisation, has expressed concern over "increasing" encounter killings in the State. Pointing to the death of Tori Mari, a suspect allegedly involved in many grave offences, in a police encounter near Melur on January 13, its Executive Director, A. Kathir, said seven encounter killings were recorded since May 2006. A fact-finding team visited Panayankudi irrigation tank near Vellalapatti where Tori Mari was shot dead.

Unless the law enforcing agencies followed good custody management systems , the police would continue to involve in human rights abuses,he alleged.