Man jumps to death

Tuticorin: A patient undergoing treatment at Tuticorin Medical College and Hospital committed suicide by jumping from the first floor on Thursday.

The police said that Ramar (65) was admitted to the hospital with a complaint of chest pain on January 10. In the early hours of Thursday, he jumped through the window to end his life. The South police have registered a case and are investigating whether improper medical treatment had prompted him to take the extreme step.

One arrested for stealing cattle

Tuticorin: The police on Thursday arrested P. Durairaj (35), who had stolen cattle recently. According to police sources, the accused had stolen cattle belonging to Paramasivan (55) and Ayyappan (56) from Tharuvaikulam and Thalavaipuram respectively.

House burgled

Tuticorin: An unidentified gang burgled the house of Jeyabalan Sahayaraj (31), situated at Selvavinayagapuram near here on Wednesday.

The thieves decamped with Rs. 66,000 in cash, kept inside the house.

The North Crime branch police are investigating.


Tuticorin: Twenty-five cadres, including two women, belonging to the Communist Party of India (Marxist) staged a demonstration in front of the Kovilpatti Government Hospital on Thursday, urging the authorities to fill posts lying vacant in the hospital. Staff Reporter

Panchayat polls on February 8

Thanjavur: Elections to the posts of two village panchayat presidents and 33 village panchayat wards in Thanjavur district will be held on February 8 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., according to Collector C. Vijayaraj Kumar.

He told presspersons here on Thursday that the last date for filing nominations was January 27.

Scrutiny of nominations will take place on January 29.

Withdrawal of candidatures will be allowed till 3 p.m. on January 31. Counting of votes will be taken up on February 9.

Mettur level

TIRUCHI: The level in the Mettur dam stood at 90.81 feet against its full level of 120 feet on Thursday. The inflow was 629 cusecs and the discharge, 8,001 cusecs. - Staff Reporter

Five mowed down by bus

ATTUR: A private bus near Talavasal here mowed down five persons, including two women, on Thursday. Police said a group of persons were waiting at a roadside bus stop when the private bus proceeding to Salem lost control and hit them, killed all of them. The deceased were identified as Perumal (50) of Nathakarai, his son Karuppanan (28) and relatives Vijaya (25), Sudhagar (30), Pappa (40), all residents of Mettur.

No water supply on January 20, 21

SALEM: Water supply in the city will remain affected on January 20 and 21 due to maintenance works scheduled to be undertaken by the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board at Mettur pumping station areas.

Youth killed

NAMAKKAL: A youth was killed and 25 others sustained injuries when a mini-bus lost control and overturned into a roadside pit near Senthamangalam on Thursday. Police said the mini bus was proceeding to Namakkal when the accident took place at Ottankulam. Sudhagar (20) of Senthamangalam was killed on the spot and 25 persons sustained injuries. Villagers rescued the passengers who were trapped inside the bus. The injured were admitted to a private hospital and a few in Government Hospital here.

Five injured

SALEM: Five persons sustained injuries in a collision involving two private buses in Kuranguchavadi here on Wednesday. Kumaravel (21) driver of the bus proceeding to Dharmapuri, who was seriously injured in the accident, was admitted in a private hospital. Others were treated as outpatient.

Jewellery stolen

Salem: A few unidentified persons stole five sovereigns of jewellery and valuables after breaking open the doors of a house in Jalakandapuram near here recently. Police said owner of the house, Kanniyan was away on a tour, when the incident took place. On his return, he found the jewellery and valuables missing and registered a complaint with the police. The value of the stolen goods was estimated to be Rs. 35,000.

CB CID to probe kidney racket case

CHENNAI: The Crime Branch Central Investigation Department (CB CID) police would investigate the kidney racket case.

According to an official release on Thursday, there were reports in a section of the media that a few brokers exploited the fisherwomen in north Chennai living in tsunami rehabilitation dwellings and persuaded them to part with their organs through some private hospitals in Chennai and Madurai. The Deputy Commissioner of Police (Madhavaram) had been investigating the case.

The State Government has now ordered the CB CID to take up the investigations with immediate effect, the release added. Staff Reporter

Special train to Madurai

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run a special train between Chennai Egmore and Madurai on January 20 to clear the extra rush of passengers.

Train no 0681 will leave Egmore at 11 p.m., on January 20 (Saturday) and reach Madurai at 9 a.m., the next day. The special will stop at Tambaram, Chengalpattu, Tindivanam, Villupuram, Vriddhachalam, Ariyalur, Tiruchi, Dindigul, and Kodaikanal Road. Reservation will commence on January 19, says a railway press release. Special Correspondent

Leopard kills sheep

Hosur: A leopard attacked a flock of sheep in a farmhouse at Madarasanapalli near here on Wednesday. As many as 5 of the 30 sheep were killed and another 10 are said to be missing. The incident came to light when the owner of the farmhouse, Sakkappan woke up to the bleating of the sheep. The Forest department has deputed 7 teams to monitor the movement of leopard in the Madarasanapalli area. Staff Reporter

Farm workers lay siege to union office

DINDIGUL: Hundreds of farm labourers from seven villages including Viruveedu, Kattakamanpatti and Viralimayanpatti laid a siege to Batlagundu union office for more than three hours demanding proper distribution of wages to them and condemning the lethargic attitude of officials here on Thursday. The labourers congregated before the office since morning and did not allow union officials and Batlagundu Union Chairman O. Rajendran to enter the office. They alleged that the work card was not given to them and wanted distribution of wages at the end of every week.

In a fit of anger, a section of the agitators picketed Batlagundu main road. Traffic was disrupted for some time and vehicles proceeding to Theni, Dindigul, Cumbum and Goodalur were stranded on both directions. Later, revenue and police officials held discussion with the protestors and assured to take up the matter with the officials concerned. Staff Reporter

15 injured as van overturns

Tuticorin: Fifteen persons sustained injured when a van overturned at Pedmanagar near here on Wednesday.

The injured were taken to nearby hospitals, among which four were later admitted to Tirunelveli Medical College and Hospital. The Srivaikundam police have registered a case against the van driver, Kombaiah, for over speeding. Staff Reporter