'Operation Child' conducted

TIRUCHI: The city police conducted a special drive, ''Operation Child" here against trafficking in children a few days ago. The drive was conducted as per the instructions of the Inspector General of Police, Central Zone, Tamilselvan, and under the supervision of the Commissioner of Police, Tiruchi, Prateep V. Philip.

A police release issued here said the police personnel checked beggars and vagrants carrying small children to ascertain if they were real biological parents and if any children had been kidnapped, sold, purchased, maimed or exploited.

The release further said that any information from the public and Friends of Police could be communicated to Child Helpline (Phone No. 1098) and to the Intelligence Section, Tiruchi, through the phone number 2423549.

Held for passport forgery

Immigration sleuths on Saturday held an air passenger after he carried a passport allegedly taken under a false name. The sleuths handed over Selvaraj (30) of Siruvayalur near Lalgudi in the district to the airport police.

Airport sources here said that Selvaraj obtained a passport under the false name of Nissar Ahamed in order to get employment in the Gulf. He left for Kuwait carrying the document where he was employed. When he landed at Tiruchi from Kuwait by a Sri Lankan flight, the immigration authorities, who checked his passport, detected the crime.

Lok Adalat

Under the auspices of the Tiruchi District Legal Services Authority, a special Lok Adalat will be conducted on January 31 and February 1 on the court campus here to dispose of the motor vehicles cases, pending with the courts.

According to sources, the litigant public, who have been affected in accidents involving motor vehicles or have lost their bread-winners, and whose cases are pending with the court, can immediately approach the Authority along with their lawyer and furnish the details of the case for disposal during the Adalat.

Mettur level

The water level at the Mettur dam stood at 113.34 feet today. The inflow was 2170 cusecs and the outflow 5005 cusecs. - Staff Reporter.