Staff Reporter

For landline connection that had been surrendered

Coimbatore: Muppidathi (35), a life convict in a murder case from Sholayar Labour camp in Valparai was given a refund settlement of Rs. 843 from the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited for the landline phone connection that was surrendered.

The life convict had written to the President of the Coimbatore District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum (CDCRF), S.A. Sree Ramulu stating that he had written to the BSNL surrendering his landline phone in July last year.

Mr.Sree Ramulu took up the matter with the BSNL authorities and on Friday, Muppidathi was brought to the court and in the presence of the Consumer Forum President, BSNL officials handed over the refund of Rs 843.

Crocodile found

Forest officials from Amaravathy Range captured a seven-foot-long, nearly two-year-old crocodile that was spotted in a tank at a farm belonging to Radhakrishnan at Bodipatti near Pollachi.

Officials suspected the crocodile may have made its way through the Aliyar irrigation canal and may have been washed into a tank during the recent flash floods.

Probe on

Race Course police are investigating a complaint from doctors of Coimbatore Medical College Hospital about four persons from an outfit behaving in a high-handed manner and intimidating the doctors at the Blood Bank of the Hospital recently.

To press for action and to seek protection in the discharge of their duties, the doctors at CMCH staged a demonstration in the hospital on Friday afternoon.

Farmers protest

A section of the farmers led by Vazhukkuparai Balu on Friday staged a walk out from the farmers grievance meeting chaired by the District Collector, P. Umanath.

The farmers alleged that a number of their grievances and demands are remaining unattended to and urged that the meeting could be conducted after addressing their problems.

Dr.Umanath urged the farmers' association representatives to maintain calm and take up the issues one after the year.

Farmers staged a walkout and squatted in front of the meeting hall.

Trucks seized

Following a tip off about sand being smuggled across to Kerala from Karur, the police and public chased and intercepted three trucks near Kinathukkadavu.

While one of the truck drivers managed to escape, the police nabbed Balakrishnan (29) and Velusamy (38) of Karur. Investigations are on.