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PWG kills cop after kidnap

Hyderabad: The body of a constable, who was kidnapped on Tuesday along with another colleague, was found in a village in Anantpur district. The People’s War Group is alleged to have killed the Ramgiri police station constable, reports our special correspondent.

The discovery of Chandrashekhar’s body has sent shock waves in the Rayalaseema districts. He was killed despite appeals by his family which were broadcast on All India Radio on Tuesday evening.

A four-member Ramagiri dalam of the PWG kidnapped Chandrashekhar and Hanumanthu when they had gone to a quarry. The operation was led by the PWG district secretary, Praveen. “The dalam had gone to the quarry on the request of quarry workers and were lying in wait for the policemen to visit,” said district police superintendent Anil Kumar.

Hanumanthu was set free after a beating for “collecting bribes from quarry workers”. Chandrashekhar, however, was taken away by them allegedly for his involvement in anti-Naxalite encounters.

In another development, extremist poet Varavara Rao and another activist Sudhakar were acquitted last week of conspiracy charges in the decade-old Ramnagar conspiracy case.

Abducted boy returns home

Patna (PTI): After nearly four-and-a-half months in captivity, Alok Prasad, the son of a businessman, who was abducted from Fatua, was rescued by police from Begusarai on Wednesday night, police said.

Police rescued the boy after conducting a raid in which they also arrested two of the kidnappers, they said.

Alok was later brought to Fatua where he was handed over to his relatives.

Soon after his abduction on May 19, a task force was engaged to rescue Alok but it took the police a long time to trace his whereabouts and secure his release.

Photography trouble for duo

New Delhi (PTI): Two persons were detained by police after they were found taking photographs near the American embassy on Wednesday afternoon. The duo — Satinder Gill and Suresh Mohan — were handed over to police for questioning.

Investigation teams from the intelligence bureau have been summoned to question the duo, they said.

The incident comes barely a week after three students of Jamia Milia University were detained while taking pictures outside the American Center in Connaught Place.

Official acquitted

Sonepat (PTI): District and sessions judge B.L. Singhal has discharged a senior IAS officer of Haryana in a molestation case filed against him by a woman employee of the district rural development authority. Singhal said on June 5, 1993, and July 1, 1994, the officer, D.R. Dhingra, was not in Sonepat as mentioned in the complaint.

Malaysian fugitive

Coimbatore (PTI): A Malaysian youth, who had escaped from judicial custody in Malaysia, was arrested in the city, police sources said. Twenty-year-old Raghunathan, alias Vijay, who was sentenced for his involvement in a murder, had escaped from custody four years ago and had come to India via Nepal, the sources said.

Landslide kills 2

Mumbai (PTI): Two persons were killed and four injured in a landslide near Vadarpada Khadan area of north Mumbai early on Wednesday morning, police said. The accident occurred when some boulders rolled down a hillock and fell on hutments below, killing the victims, they said. The injured have been admitted to Bhagwati Hospital, they added.

Gandhian honour

New Delhi (PTI): Former President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel has been selected for the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2003 for his contribution towards world peace and upholding human rights in difficult situations through Gandhian means. The decision to award Havel was taken on Wednesday by a panel which included the Prime Minister and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.


As many as 27,000 pilgrims have visited the cave shrine of Vaishno Devi in Trikuta hills daily since the beginning of Navratra festival, with some 1.38 lakh devotees having paid their obeisance in the last five days, official sources said.

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