Four of a family get life for murder

Four of a family charged with murdering a relative due to enmity over a property dispute were slapped with life term in the District and Sessions Court here on Thursday.

Muthukaruppan (50) and his brother Chinnadurai (40) and the latter’s wife and son, Chinnapillai and Raja, belonging to Meklarthigaipatti village in Thottiyam limits had, during September 2010, murdered their relative Karuppasamy of the same village with machetes and iron rods enraged by a legal notice he had sent them. The Thottiyam police had registered a case on a complaint preferred by the deceased’s wife Jeyamani. The Principal and Sessions Judge P. Velmurugan also imposed fines of Rs.1,000 each on the accused who were subsequently sent to the Tiruchi Central Prison.

Five youth arrested for murder

Jeeyapuram police on Friday arrested five youth for murdering their relative at Kudalur near Muthurasanallur. The body of Saranraj (24), a painter, was found with throat slit on Thursday. Property dispute was the cause, police said.

Woman run over by train

A middle-aged woman reportedly committed suicide by leaping in front of a running train near Bikshandarkovil on Friday morning. Railway police identified the deceased as Varalakshmi (42) of the nearby Mangala Nagar. The woman was dejected after her son drowned in Kallanai a few days back, sources said.

2-year imprisonment for VAO

A Village Administrative Officer of Sirgazhi was on Thursday sentenced to two years imprisonment by the Special Anti-Corruption Court here for demanding Rs.1,000 as bribe from a woman who had applied for widow pension in 2008.

Vigilance and Anti-Corruption unit of Nagapatttinam had registered a case against the VAO Panchanathan. The court also imposed a fine of Rs.7,500 on the revenue department official.

Youth arrested for molesting girls

A youth of Puliyampatti in the district who went absconding earlier this week after the Thuraiyur police registered a case for allegedly molesting two school girls surrendered at the Thuraiyur court on Thursday.

Selvakumar (30) who runs a service organisation was said to have misbehaved with the girls of Government Middle School at Vellakalpatti under the pretext of extending free computer education, their parents had stated in the complaint.