TAMIL NADU NEWS
A Salem-based astrologer, Paneerselvam was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly harassing young women in the name of removing bad luck from their weddings. According to reports, Paneerselvam had harassed almost seven women so far. Allegedly, the astrologer sexually harassed young women and took videos of it as well. After one of his victims from Nammakal informed her parents, a complaint was filed against the man and police arrested him.
Reportedly, the Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K. Palaniswami has announced that from Thursday tenders will be requested for sand quarries and imported sand from overseas shall also be sold under the name of the government. Speaking at the budget discussions in the TN state assembly, Congress leader Ramasamy allegedly said that closing sand quarries will only increase scarcity and prices. According to reports, the CM also clarified that private bodies are not to sell sand and also informed that online sand sales have been blocked.
According to reports, two armed forces policemen from Theni on Wednesday attempted to immolate themselves when they came to file a complaint of caste-based discrimination by higher officials. The incident took place in the office of Director General of Police in Chennai. The cops - Ragu and Ganesh - reportedly alleged that the higher officials transferred them to Ramanathapuram because of their caste, even as they have no cases of any fault on their side. Fellow cops stopped them from immolating themselves.
Tamil Nadu transport minister MR Vijayabhaskar has reportedly said that new bus stands will be built in 14 places in the state. The bus stands, which received Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami’s sanction, will be built in Trichy, Srirangam, Coimbatore, Madurai and Salem among other places. The minister reportedly revealed this during a discussion on the state budget in the Assembly.
A video of a car crashing two-wheelers, parked on the road, and coming to a halt after striking at a salon in Colachel of Kanyakumari is going viral on social media. 24-year-old Shaanu, who had little experience in driving, was on the wheel when the incident happened. Reports suggest that he mistakenly kicked the accelerator instead of the brake. However, no one was injured in the accident, say reports. Shaanu suffered injuries and is receiving treatment at a hospital, reports added.
According to reports, an AIADMK functionary was hacked to death by a gang of two members in Vettukadu near Sendamangalam in Namakkal district. Suresh, Amma Peravai secretary for Sendamangalam union, was returning with another man Kumar after visiting a lawyer to discuss a property dispute. Two men, Sivakumar and Vimalkumar, intercepted them near Vettukadu bus stand and sprayed chilli powder on them. They assaulted Suresh and left him in a pool of blood; Sivakumar also suffered injuries. Suresh was rushed to a private hospital in Namakkal where he was declared brought dead. Police are searching for the two accused.
A cab driver and a government bus driver were involved in a physical fight on the road in Sholinganallur on Tuesday after the bus had a slight crash on the car. Ganesh, who was carrying employees of an IT company, developed an argument with the bus driver Chandrasekar, which led to a physical fight between the two. Traffic on the road was affected for some time as they had parked the vehicles on the road and fought. Later, they complained against each other in the Chemmenchery police station. However, they left upon reaching a compromise after the police held talks with them.
Miscreants hurled petrol bomb at the residence of CR Nandakumar, BJP’s Coimbatore district president, in the early hours on Wednesday. Police reportedly said the unidentified persons poured fuel on his car parked on the porch at his residence and threw the bomb. The house is located at Ramalakshmi Nagar on Masakalipalayam Road. City police commissioner K. Periaiah said they’re analysing CCTV video footage in which two men are seen hurling two projectiles, say reports.
According to a report by NDTV, sidelined AIADMK leader VK Sasikala told the Justice Arumughaswami commission for inquiring J Jayalalithaa’s death that the former Chief Minister collapsed in the washroom of her Poes Garden house on September 22, 2016. In her affidavit, she also reportedly said that Jayalalithaa “regained consciousness on the way to the hospital and asked where she was being taken.” According to reports, Sasikala also claimed that senior AIADMK leaders including O Panneerselvam and M Thambidurai met her at the hospital while the leaders earlier said they were denied access.
According to reports, a case has been filed in Fort police station against DMK working president MK Stalin and 74 other DMK MLAs as they protested outside the assembly against the permission of Ram Rajya Rath Yathra in Tamil Nadu. DMK MLAs including MK Stalin protested after they were evicted from the assembly as they questioned about the Ram Rajya Rath Yathra on Tuesday.
A Tamil Nadu man was arrested by the Andhra Pradesh police for allegedly murdering women and biting all over their bodies. Reportedly on February 25, Rathinammal was found dead in her house in Chittoor with bite marks all over her body. Similarly, Vellaiammal of the same district was found murdered under the same circumstances on March 9. After investigations, the man was identified as Munnusamy. Allegedly, Munnusamy takes out his anger on women living alone in their houses.
The mortal remains of M Natarajan, who passed away in Chennai on Tuesday was taken to his native Thanjavur. Reports say, RK Nagar MLA T.T.V Dhinakaran and jailed AIADMK leader Sasikala, also the wife of Natarajan, who was granted 15-day parole to attend his funeral, reached Thanjavur. The funeral procession and cremation of late Natarajan is expected to happen by the end of Wednesday.
Over 3,300 protesters were arrested in Chennai on Tuesday for protesting against the Ram Rajya Rath Yatra, say reports. Various political parties held agitations in around 70 places in Chennai against the Yatra by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. Earlier, political leaders including DMK working president MK Stalin, VCK chief Thol Thirumavalavan and Tamilar Valvurimai Katchi leader Velmurugan were arrested for protesting against the Yatra.
A government doctor at a primary health centre in Thiruveezhimizhalai in Tiruvarur district has allegedly misappropriated government funds of Rs 1,24,77,241. Tiruvarur police have reportedly filed an FIR and started an enquiry with the doctor V Senthilkumar and his assistant R Senthilkumar. The embezzlement of government funds, allocated for pregnant women, came to light during the auditing.
The sight of a 12-year-old physically-challenged boy Antony begging for money and food, after being forced by his parents in Kanyakumari moved a lot of people before he was rescued by Child Protection Unit on Monday. Newspaper reports allege that Antony's parents instead of getting him treated for his handicap, decided to use the same, as a pity for the boy to seek alms.
Two men – one of them posing as a woman – tried to rob a doctor of his valuables in TNagar on Monday, before their disguise came off when Sujanth's (19) wig came off when neighbors intervened. His partner in crime P Prakash (27) landed in the police net as well.
Speaking to reporters after returning from the Himalayas, actor Rajinikanth on Tuesday strongly condemned the vandalism of Periyar statue in Alangudi near Pudukkottai calling the act “barbaric”. When asked if BJP is operating behind him, Rajini quipped, “I have only god and people behind me.” Reacting to the Ram Rajya Rath Yatra entering Tamil Nadu, Rajinikanth said the government should take appropriate action to prevent any communal riot from breaking out.
According to reports, a Periyar statue in Pudukkottai Viduthi near Alangudi in Pudukkottai district was vandalised on Monday night by unidentified miscreants. People saw the head cut from the statue and dropped on the ground. On receiving information, police rushed to the spot and temporarily fixed the head on the statue. Police have reportedly launched a hunt for the unidentified persons.
According to reports, the Parappana Agrahara prison has granted 15 days parole for VK Sasikala following the sudden demise of her husband Natarajan. Reportedly she will be going to Tanjore directly from the prison where her husband’s body will be taken. Natarajan, who was on ventilator support, passed away on Tuesday in Global hospital, Chennai.
While protesting against the permission of Ram Rajya Rath Yathra in Tamil Nadu, opposition party’s working president MK Stalin, along with other DMK MLAs was arrested on Tuesday. DMK MLAs were evicted from the assembly as they questioned about the Ram Rajya Rath Yathra.