TAMIL NADU

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Relief for blast victim

CHENNAI Oct. 7. The Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, has announced a cash relief of Rs. 50,000 to the family of R. Kannan of Ariyagoundanur in Salem, who was killed in a blast at a science exhibition in his school today.

In a statement here, Ms. Jayalalithaa said a model gas cylinder kept at a science exhibition in a Government-aided school exploded. She also announced a cash relief of Rs. 15,000 to another student, P. Kalaiarasan, who was injured in the incident.

`Torture' at police station

SALEM Oct 7. A Dalit youth was allegedly subjected to inhuman treatment in the Vazhapadi police station in this district.

According to human rights activists who undertook a fact-finding mission, during interrogation of Anandkumar (16) from Ayilpatti, who was taken to the station on September 28 in connection with the case of missing of girl from a caste Hindu family of the village, the police used cruel methods.

The activists said the police threw him into the station toilet where he was subjected to "some inhuman treatment". Later he was admitted to the Salem Government Medical College hospital. He was discharged yesterday.

When contacted, a senior police official, denying the charge, said, "The police interrogated the youth based on a complaint filed by a woman of the same village and after a brief detention he was permitted to go."

Anandkumar was not alone when he was taken for interrogation. "His friends and relatives were also present," the police officer said.

Mettur discharge increased

By Our Staff Reporter

NAGAPATTINAM Oct. 7. The discharge from the Mettur reservoir was stepped up this evening at 14,050 cusecs, up from 13,825 cusecs last evening. The inflow fell to 7,383 cusecs from 9,310 cusecs last evening. The water level stood at 86.64 feet (full level 120 feet).

The storage was 48.89 tmcft (full capacity 93.4 tmcft). From the Grand Anicut, water supply to the Cauvery was suspended for the fifth consecutive day.

The Vennar, the Grand Anicut Canal and the Coleroon received 683 cusecs, 1,055 cusecs and 193 cusecs. No rainfall was recorded in the last two days in Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam districts.

Directive on release of water

CHENNAI Oct. 7. The State Government today directed release of water for irrigation from the Manimukta and Gomuki dams in Villupuram district. The Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, in a statement here, said the decision was taken in response to appeals from the farmers. A total of 16,570 acres would be benefited.

In Theni district, water would flow through the P.T. Rajan channel and the Thanthai Periyar channel from today to irrigate 5,146 acres under the Periyar irrigation system.

Goods, foreign currencies seized

CHENNAI OCT. 7. Officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Chennai, have seized electronic goods and high precision ball bearings, valued at over Rs. 45 lakhs, from two passengers from Singapore and Colombo and an abandoned baggage.

Assorted foreign currencies equivalent to Rs. 31 lakhs were seized from another Singapore-bound passenger.

The seizure was affected at the international airport here in the last few days.

The operations were carried out following reports that gangs were sending carrier-passengers to Singapore and Hong Kong and via Colombo to smuggle electronic goods and foreign currencies.

The three passengers were arrested and remanded to judicial custody, M. Subramanyam, Joint Director, said.

MBBS results on web site

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI Oct. 7. Results of the final MBBS Part 2 Revised (non-semester) regulations and final MBBS Part 2 (semester) examinations held during August 2004 are available on the Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University web site: www.tnmmu.ac.in.

They will also be available on Southindia.com and through Airtel mobile services.

IAF motorcycle rally

CHENNAI OCT. 7. A warm reception was accorded to members of an Indian Air Force (IAF) motorcycle expedition, which returned here today after a 1,882-km Chennai-Kanyakumari-Ernakulam-Coimbatore-Bangalore-Chennai sojourn.

They were received by Air Commodore, Sudip Mondal, Air Officer Commanding, IAF station, Avadi. Air Force personnel and their family members were present.

The expedition was organised as part of the IAF's 72nd anniversary, said a release.

MLA's son dies in accident

By Our Staff Reporter

Coimbatore Oct. 7. Two persons, including Srihari (30), son of Kovai Thangam, Valparai MLA, were killed on the spot when their car hit a tree near the Bharathi Park here on Wednesday.

The driver, Rajendran (50) was also killed. Rajan (25), who was sitting in the backseat, sustained serious injuries and has been admitted to a private hospital.

Raid on fair price shops

By Our Staff Reporter

NAGAPATTINAM OCT.7. The district revenue and civil supplies officials conducted surprise check in 94 fair price shops in the district yesterday and found irregularities in the maintenance of records in some shops, said the Collector, M.Veera Shanmugha Moni, here today.

He said that action had been initiated against some salesmen at Keezhvelur, Sirkazhi and Nagapattinam taluks.

Chains snatched

By Our Staff Reporter

NAGAPATTINAM OCT.7 . Two youths snatched golden `thaali' chains of Malarvizhi (35) and Lakshmi (27), wives of police constables and residing in police quarters here recently, and escaped. The Velipalayam police have registered a case.

Mettur level

By Our Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI OCT. 7. The water level at the Mettur reservoir stood at 86.64 feet today. The inflow was 7,383 cusecs and the discharge 14,050 cusecs.

Employee killed

By Our Staff Reporter

Tirunelveli Oct.7. A government employee was killed in a road accident here today.

According to the police, Maideen Bhava (52), an inspector in the Department of Civil Supplies hailing from Anna Nagar under the Palayamkottai police station limits, was returning home in cycle. When he reached Anna Nagar, a private bus hit the cycle, injuring Maideen Bhava.

Though he was rushed to hospital, he died.

Petition dismissed

By Our Staff Reporter

DINDIGUL OCT.7. The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Jayaratchagan, today dismissed a petition filed by R. Divya, daughter of Rajasekaran, former DSP, Armed Reserve Police here, at the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in a suicide case of Visalakshi, wife of Mr. Rajasekaran.

She filed the petition seeking permission to make a formal statement in the court in the suicide case on September 30.

Mr. Jayaratchagan stated that the court dismissed her petition as per a directive from the Supreme Court.

The police obtained permission from the court to reinvestigate the case and started the investigation. Visalakshi committed suicide in 2001.

Arrangements for procurement

By Our Staff Reporter

Tirunelveli Oct.7. The district administration has made elaborate arrangements to directly procure kar paddy from farmers.

According to the Collector, Atul Anand, the procurement centres at Thazhaiyuththu, Nanguneri, Valliyoor, Ambasamudhram, Alangulam, Tenkasi, Sankarankovil and Vasudevanallur would receive paddy.

Water level

By Our Staff Reporter

MADURAI OCT.7. The level in the Periyar dam today stood at 117 feet with an inflow of 646 cusecs and a discharge of 875 cusecs. The level in the Vaigai dam was 48.06 feet with an inflow of 747 cusecs and a discharge of 930 cusecs. The combined Periyar credit was 3676 mcft.

Grievances day

By Our Staff Reporter

ERODE OCT. 7. The grievances day for consumers of the Bhavani Distribution Circle will be conducted at the Bhavani Executive Engineer's office on October 8 at 10.30 a.m.

Killed

By Our Staff Reporter

Krishnagiri Oct. 7. One person was killed and another seriously injured when the motorcycle in which they were travelling and a government bus collided at Bargur here on Wednesday. According to the police, Kangappan (50) and his friend Devaraj (40) of Kumaranganapalli were on their way to Gokulam Nagar when the incident happened. The two were admitted to the Krishnagiri General Hospital where Kangappan succumbed to injuries. The Bargur police are investigating.

Arrested

By Our Staff Reporter

Krishnagiri Oct. 7. Around 400 employees of Ashok Leyland who were on strike for 45 days were arrested at Hosur here today when they obstructed apprentices and executives from reporting for work. According to the police, when a busload of apprentices and executives tried to enter the factory, the striking employees sat before the gates and did not permit them in. Following this, the police moved in and arrested the employees. They were later released on bail.

Sentenced

SALEM OCT. 7. The Chief Judicial Magistrate, G. Venugopal, today sentenced four youths to seven years' rigorous imprisonment for waylaying a friend and threatening him.

According to the prosecution, two youths, Bhuvaneshwaran and Kullannan, took their friend Ranga, a businessman, to Arun Nagar in the city on the night of October 11, 2002. There two others, Ilayaraja and Rajendran, joined them. The four, after threatening Ranga, robbed him of his gold jewels weighing about nine sovereigns and fled in his motorbike.