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Indian origin farmer killed in S. Africa

Durban (PTI): A farmer of Indian origin was killed near Verulam, 40 km north of here, in the latest incident in a string of such attacks in South Africa.

Chuthurdarry Manna Nehore, a 70-year-old mango farmer, was found gagged and strangled with his hands and feet tied at his Hazlemere home near Verulam on Friday, police said.

Nehore was brutally assaulted by unknown intruders when he was apparently fetching mangoes, they said, adding that two buckets of ripe mangoes were found near his body. The miscreants ransacked the farmer’s wood-and-iron house and stole his firearm and cash, the police said.

“This was the third time that Nehore had been attacked at his farm. His attackers must have caught him unawares during the latest attack,” said police spokesperson superintendent Reuben Govender.

Nehore’s murder has come in the wake of the recent killing of two farmers — Raju Naicker, 62, and his brother Chinsamy, 52 — inside their farms at Doringkop, near Stanger in the north coast.

Another farmer on the south coast, Vishu Maharaj, 52, was shot at about a month ago at his farm in Roseneath, about 100 km south of here.

Indians convicted for theft in UK

London (PTI): Five persons of Indian origin have been convicted by a court in Surrey for varying terms in connection with the robbery of more than 3 million pounds at Heathrow airport in March.

Four of them were convicted at Kingston Crown court on Friday for robbery, and another for handling stolen goods from two consignments of foreign currency, stolen from a South African Airways 747 jet.

All men pleaded guilty to the charges. Sundeep Sidhu, 22, a part-time security guard who had volunteered to help unload high value cases from the 747, which had arrived from Johannesburg was sentenced to five and a half years. The remaining four were jailed five years each.

Judge Kenneth Macrae described their raid as “amateurish” and “a totally unsophisticated enterprise”.

After the robbery, Sundeep told the police that two Asian men had been hiding in the back of the van. They forced him to drive out of the airport and then fled with the money.

But the police suspected that the raid was an inside job, carried out by Sundeep, who enlisted the help of his brother, Harjit Sidhu, 25, and three other men, Anil Parmar, 37, Manish Bhadresa, 23 and Harbhajan Padda, 33.

Scotland Yard trains cops

New Delhi (PTI): The cbi and other personnel of central police organisations have received training from UK’s Scotland Yard on “bomb scare management”.

The course, including both theory and practical divided into one-week courses, is aimed at creating forensic awareness among investigating officers to avoid contamination of exhibits and improve efficiency during searches, arrest, use of hi-tech equipment and also enhance the role of closed circuit television to track terrorist activities, an official spokesman said.

7 held for assault

Shajapur (PTI): Seven persons have been arrested in connection with Friday evening’s attack on Nalkheda police station. Two policemen were injured when a mob of more than 300 people pelted stones at the police station, demanding the arrest of a person who had allegedly tried to rape a woman.

Marine police

Thiruvananthapuram (PTI): The Kerala government plans to constitute a marine police force for effective patrolling and rescue operations, state tourism and fisheries minister k.v. thomas said. The proposed force will be equipped with the latest communication gadgets, he said.

Lawyers’ protest

Mumbai (pti): Lawyers in Maharashtra and Goa will observe November 25 as “protest” day by wearing red badges to register their concern over increase in working hours, change in timings and rise in court fees. State bar council chief Vijay Sakolkar will make a representation to the chief justice on the issues.

5 killed in mishap

Jaipur (pti): Five members of a wedding party were killed and seven injured when the jeep in which they were travelling collided with a truck in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, police said. The five died on the spot in the mishap on the Pilani-Delhi Road.

Swindler submits

Madurai (pti): A bank staff who had allegedly swindled Rs 50 lakh in cash from customers by offering to help them deposit their money in their accounts at Sivakasi surrendered in court, police said.


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