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Rangasamy to take part in CRA meet

Pondicherry

August 26 2002

Chief Minister N Rangasamy said here today he would be participating in the Cauvery River Authority’s meeting tomorrow, where he would also represent the case of release of water for Karaikal region, which is facing severe drought.

He told reporters that he would also take the opportunity to call on Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani and impress upon him to sanction of Rs 32.4 crore as relief to the drought-affected people in Karaikal region.

Rangasamy said travelling allowance to police personnel at the rate of Rs 250 per month, as promised on the floor of the territorial Assembly, was being finalised.

He said the financial assistance of Rs 300 per month to the families of fishermen affected by the Centre's ban on fishing a couple of months ago, had been distributed.

Breakfast scheme for Karaikal schools

Karaikal

August 19 2002

The Rajiv Gandhi Breakfast Scheme for students of class 1-VIII in Karaikal region was inaugurated today.

At least 96,0000 students would be benefited by this scheme, Pondicherry Education Minister Lakshminarayanan said while inaugurating the scheme.

Under the scheme, 30 gm bread and 160 ml milk would be given to each student everyday. It would be extended up to the plus-two level in a phased manner, he said.

An English-to-Tamil dictionary would be supplied to students of class VIII, IX and X in Pondicherry and Karaikal. English-to-Malayalam and English-to-Telugu dictionaries would be supplied to students of the same classes in Mahe and Yanam respectively, he said.

Krishna convenes all-party meeting

Bangalore

August 26 2002

Karnataka Chief Minister S M Krishna has convened an all-party meeting here this evening to discuss the situation arising out of the abduction of former minister H Nagappa by forest brigand Veerappan.

Krishna, who was attending the Seva Dal camp valedictory function at Ghataprabha in Belgaum district, would return to the city by evening, official sources said here.

The brigand abducted Nagappa and his gunman from his Kamagere farmhouse near Kollegal in Chamarajnagar district last night.

Krishna had consulted Opposition parties when Kannada film star Rajkumar and four others were taken hostage by the outlaw in 2000.

Doctor kills entire family

Madurai

Aug 26 2002

In a incident, a doctor is believed to have killed five members of his family, including two children, by injecting poison and set afire the bodies of his wife and the children inside his house near Annanagar in Madurai.

People of the locality who woke up to a foul smell emanating from the house-cum-clinic of the doctor, which was locked from outside, alerted the police. On breaking in, police found the bodies of the doctors 40-year-old wife, 12-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter partially burnt, besides those of his mother-in-law and nephew.

A handwritten note found inside the house said that the body of the doctor would be chopped to pieces and thrown down the Kodaikanal hills, with the signature of one Kanthu vatti Chandran.

But police found the handwriting matching with that of the entries made in the doctors diary and believe that the doctor himself must have committed the gruesome murders and written down the note to divert attention.

What prompted the doctor, who works at a primary health centre at Viradhanur and also runs a clinic from the upstairs portion of his house, to comit the murder, is, however, not clear. Police suspect that it could be due to heavy debts for the doctor had borrowed heavily to construct a house nearby, for which work was mid-way through.

The recovery of injection vials and syringes from the house has led the police to believe that the murders have been committed by injecting poisonous drugs into the victims.

The mass murder has caused a sensation in the locality for the doctor has gone missing after the incident.

Police claim to have warned Nagappa

Bangalore

Aug 26 2002

Former Minister H Nagappa, kidnapped by forest brigand Veerappan last night from his Kamagere farm house, had been warned by the Intelligence Department, that the bandit may attempt his abduction but he ignored it, official sources said.

The sources said Superintendent of Police of the Mysore district had informed Nagappa about threat posed to his life by Veerappan and had advised him to take police protection while visiting his hometown or any place dotting M.M. Hills.

Nagappa, who left Mysore yesterday to visit Kamagere to celebrate his grandson's birthday, had not informed the police on his moving out of the city, they said.

The sources said police had given extra security cover to Nagappa whenever he had sought for it and at least two gunmen had been drafted for his security.

2 years after kidnap, Rajkumar visits native village

Erode

Aug 25 2002

Two years after he had been kidnapped by the forest brigand, Veerappan, the Kannada cine actor, Rajkumar, today came to his birthplace, Dhodda Gajanure, in the Thalawady forests in this district.

Accompanied by his wife, Parvathamma, second son, Raghavendra, his wife and grandchildren, Mr. Rajkumar arrived at the new farmhouse, amid gunmen security. The old farmhouse, from where he was kidnapped, was demolished recently.

Later, in reply to a question by newsmen, the actor said he had not yet finalised anything about his presence in court in connection with the case. He said he was in good health when he was held captive in the forests.

To a question, Mrs. Parvathamma, justifying the actor, Rajnikant's comment in Bangalore about Veerappan, said ``he is one of the fans of Rajkumar. He was perturbed at the abduction and, contacting me several times over phone, expressed his sorrow''. Mr. Rajnikant had described the brigand as a ``rakshasha''.

The Tamil Nadu and Karnataka Special Task Forces should strengthen the operation and secure Veerappan immediately without wasting any time, she said.

To another question, she denied that any ransom was paid to Veerappan for the release of her husband.

At the time of the incident, she assured Veerappan that she was ready to give him huge money, but the brigand rejected the offer.

He handed over to her a cassette for being given to the Karnataka Chief Minister.