KERALA

Hospital attacked, tension at Kilimanoor

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, FEB. 26. A tense situation prevailed in Kilimanoor area after a mob attacked a private hospital at the Karette junction alleging medical negligence in the death of a six-month-old infant girl on Thursday afternoon. Hospital staff, including doctors, sustained minor injuries in the attack. Hospital property was also damaged in the attack.

The Superintendent of Police (Rural), Balaram Upadhyaya, has rushed to the spot with a strong police party.

The child who died at the hospital was admitted with high fever and fits at around 3 p.m. She is the daughter of a local jeep driver, Sasankan.

The police said that a group, including a few autorickshaw, taxi and jeep drivers, barged into the hospital at around 4 p.m. and attacked the hospital staff, patients and helpers. An official said efforts were on to arrest those involved in the violence. A police picket has been posted at the junction. Night patrolling in the area has been intensified.

Two held on burglary charge

The Rural police today arrested two persons wanted in connection with several burglaries in the district. The police identified the accused as Sajeev alias `Pallan' Sajeev (20) and Ratheesh (22), both residents of Balanagar colony in the city. Police said the duo had attacked a police team led by the Circle Inspector (Kazhakuttom), P. Reghu, with country bombs at Palkulangara on February 19 when the police attempted to arrest them. An official said more than 14 housebreaks in the district had been solved with the arrest of the duo.

The police said the modus operandi of the gang was to scour residential areas in an autorickshaw and identify houses that were locked. The housebreaks were mostly conducted at night. The police are in the process of recovering some of the loot, including gold ornaments. The police said `Pallan' Sajeev was wanted in two attempted murder cases in Valiathura and Pettah police stations.

Murder accused held

The Rural police have arrested a 30-year-old man, Kunjumon alias Biju who is accused in several cases, including murder, in the district. The Circle Inspector (Kazhakuttom), P. Reghu, said Biju headed a criminal gang involved in several incidents of chain-snatching, waylaying of pedestrians and harassment of women in Mangalapuram area.

The police said the gang had become active after Biju was let off on bail in a case relating to the murder of one Auto Jayan in 2002.

In order to evade the police, the gang members slept on the terraces of houses in Sasthavattam and Chirayankeezhu areas without the knowledge of the residents.

Woman injured

A 34-year-old woman was seriously injured when she was hit by a train at Nemom Railway Station on Thursday morning. The police identified the woman as Suja, wife of Sreekantan, a resident of Vellayani. The accident occurred at around 11 a.m. She was admitted to the Medical College Hospital. Hospital authorities said her condition was stable.

Three hurt as jeep overturns

Three persons were injured when a jeep conducting parallel services overturned near Paliyode junction in Kattakada police station limits on Thursday afternoon. The police identified the injured persons as Jayasankar (28), Ambi (26) and Mohan (24). The accident occurred at around 3 p.m. The injured persons are under treatment at the Medical College Hospital.

KSRTC bus rams into scooter

A 49-year-old woman was injured when the scooter she was riding was hit from behind by a KSRTC bus near Palayam on Thursday evening.

The police identified the injured person as Sheela George, an employee of the Federal Bank. An official said the accident occurred at around 5.30 p.m. Ms. George has sustained a leg fracture in the accident.

Man injured

A 45-year-old man was seriously injured when he fell off a coconut tree in the compound of a house at Karakulam. Police identified the injured person as Maniyan, a resident of Karakulam.

The MCH authorities said that Maniyan has sustained a serious spinal injury in the accident.

Woman sustains burns

A 27-year-old woman sustained serious burns when she tried to save her child from a fire that spread from a kerosene stove in the kitchen of her house at Vallakadavu. The hospital authorities identified the injured woman as Beena.