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Chennai police chief transferred

Chennai: City police commissioner K. Vijayakumar, at the centre of a storm after raiding the office of The Hindu and houses of some of its top editors following the Tamil Nadu Assembly’s indictment of six journalists, has been made to swap posts with R. Nataraj, who headed the hunt for bandit Veerappan, reports our special correspondent.

Vijayakumar will now head the Special Task Force in Erode.

The transfer came even as it was decided at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday that a “modern, integrated police headquarters complex”, housing the office of the DGP and all other wings of the state police, including its computer centre, would be built at Taramani here. It will be constructed on a 24-acre plot, part of the now defunct MGR Film City, at an estimated cost of Rs 30 crore.

The complex which now houses the DGP’s office is a heritage building. Besides its dilapidated state, the structure is not large enough to accommodate all the departments of the state police and some of them have been housed in various rented places across the city.

The proposed police headquarters would be constructed simultaneously and close to the new secretariat complex that is coming up at Kotturpuram, behind Anna University. The Tamil Nadu Police Housing Development Corporation has been given the job of building the new complex.

In-laws held for burning woman

Sirsa (PTI): A deceased woman’s in-laws have been arrested for allegedly burning her alive in Nezia village under Nathusari Chopta police station.

Superintendent of police Mamta Singh on Wednesday said that on October 23, one Dharma Devi, a resident of Keharwala, filed a complaint that her daughter Sajnna had been burnt by her in-laws who had allegedly been torturing the girl since her marriage 14 years ago. Sajnna succumbed to her injuries in the civil hospital at Sirsa on November 3, Singh said.

On the basis of Dharma’s complaint, police have registered a case under various sections of the IPC against the victim’s husband and in-laws. Surja Ram and Ramji Lal, the father-in-law and brother-in-law of the victim, have been arrested.

In her complaint, Dharma stated that she had married her two daughters Sajnna and Laccha to brothers Sahib Ram and Rameshwar of Nezia village. The two girls, she said, were mentally and physically abused by their husbands and in-laws. Although the village panchayat often intervened to placate the family members, the settlements were short-lived.

Seven held for match betting

Meerut (PTI): Police claim to have busted a gang indulging in betting on the India-Australia TVS Cup final with the arrest of seven persons.

Five of them were arrested from a hotel on Tuesday night and the others from another spot in the city. Police seized over Rs 46,000 in cash, a colour TV, seven mobile phones, blank chequebooks and betting slips.

Child worker saved

Coimbatore (PTI): A 12-year-old boy, reportedly ill-treated by his employer, was rescued by the Kovai Child Labour Abolition Support Society with the help of police on Tuesday evening. Sources said Salem was often thrashed by his employer who neither paid him wages nor allowed him to go home. The district collector has ordered action against the employer.

Abduction arrests

Moga (PTI): Three youths were arrested by Punjab police on Wednesday for allegedly kidnapping a travel agent. Amit Mittal alleged that on the intervening night of November 16 and 17, six persons kidnapped him and took him to Ludhiana where he was forced to sign stamp papers and cheques.

Engineer caught

Moga (PTI): A junior engineer of the Punjab State Electricity Board was arrested by Punjab Vigilance Bureau on Wednesday while accepting a bribe of Rs 1,500 for granting a tubewell connection to Rajinder Singh, an ex-service man. Officials said Baldev Singh had at first demanded Rs 2,000 and finally agreed on Rs 1,500.

Cop sent to jail

Moga (PTI): A former station house officer has been sentenced by a local court to four years’ rigorous imprisonment in a corruption case. Additional sessions judge J.S. Chawla also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Rashpal Singh while sentencing him for misappropriating money confiscated during a raid.

10 electrocuted

Nawada (PTI): At least 10 people were burnt, two of them seriously, when they came in contact with an 11,000-volt high-tension electric wire on their way to cremate a relative near Borhari village on Wednesday.

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The Tamil Nadu government has decided not to allow construction of any new buildings on Marina beach to preserve its beauty. The government recently signed an MoU with Malaysia on developing the beach and has removed all encroachments on it.


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