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Catholic priest and two nuns surrender in Kerala

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Wayanad (Kerala) March 17: Following a Kerala High Court direction, a Catholic priest and two nuns surrendered before the police early on Friday morning here in connection with the rape of a minor.

On Tuesday, the high court, while hearing their anticipatory bail plea, directed them to surrender before the police within five days.

Only one person — Thankamma — who was also asked to surrender before the police, remains at large.

All the four accused were on the run after the police found they were involved in helping the 49-year-old Catholic parish vicar near Kannur and prime accused Robin Vadakkanchery, who allegedly raped the minor.

Vadakkanchery has been arrested for the alleged rape of the 17-year-old school girl, who gave birth to a baby boy in February.

The first to arrive was Catholic priest Thomas Therakom who headed the state-run welfare committee of Wayanad district, followed by the two nuns, a medical professional Betty Jose and Sister Ophelia.

All of them presented themselves before Peravoor Circle Inspector of police N. Sunil Kumar.

The high court while directing all the four to surrender also directed the police to see that after questioning, they should be presented before the local magistrate the same day and should be let off on bail.

Vadakkanchery was picked up in February when he was on his way to Cochin International Airport to catch a flight to Canada.

After Vadakkanchery’s arrest, it was revealed that the incident was kept secret by Therakom and the three women.

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Eight Maoists killed in Telangana encounter

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Hyderabad, Dec: Eight maoists of a newly formed Left wing group were killed in an encounter in Telangana’s Bhadradri Kothagudem on Thursday, police said.

The incident took place in Tekulapalli forests of the district, adjoining Chhattisgarh, news agency IANS reported.

The slain extremists belonged to CPI-MLs’ Chandr Pullareddy Baata group, which was established in July this year by some Maoist earlier associated with CPI-ML Jana Shakti group.

The encounter triggered during a combing operation by police in the forests.

A police officer said the combing operations were launched following the information about the presence of extremists.

“The group was indulging in extortions from contractors and local businessmen”, Bhadradri Kothagudem’s Superintendent of Police Amber Kishore Jha, IANS quoted.

The extremists opened fire when asked to surrender. The police had to return fire, killing eight extremists. No policeman was injured in the incident”, he added.

The police seized five arms including an SLR and two 8 mm rifles.

This was the first major encounter between police and Maoists since formation of Telangana in 2014.

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One killed as roof of Tiruchendur temple collapses in Tamil Nadu

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The roof of Giri Prahara Mandapam of Tiruchendur Subramania Swamy temple came crashing down on Thursday. (PC- The New Indian Express)

Chennai, Dec 14: A woman was killed and two men were injured when a portion of the roof fell on Thursday around 9.45 am. at the Arulmigu Subramaniya Swamy temple in Thiruchendur in Tamil Nadu, police said.

The roof suddenly caved in, killing Peechiammal and injuring Kandaswamy and Senthil Arumugham. All were devotees. Thiruchendur is around 640 km from here in Tuticorin district.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami announced a solatium of Rs 500,000 to the woman’s family and Rs 100,000 each to the injured. It would be paid out of temple funds.

The 2000-year-old Thiruchendur temple, located in southern Tamil Nadu, is considered as one of the important pilgrimage places in the state and draws devotees throughout the year. It was patronaged by the Pandiya and Chera kings.

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Jammu & Kashmir: Gang of fraudsters busted in Srinagar

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Srinagar, Dec 14: A gang of fraudsters has been busted here, that cheated over 30 business establishments in the Kashmir Valley, police said on Thursday. 

Two persons, identified as Tahir Amin and Waheed Bhat, have been arrested. The duo, along with a woman, have been cheating people for the last six months, news agency IANS quoted, a police officer was saying.

The gang used social media applications and websites like OLX.com to cheat gullible customers. They used to buy electronic articles like cell phones, LED TVs and ovens against fake bank cheques, he added.

“Similarly, they used to purchase items such as electric wires, bath fittings, clothing from renowned showrooms in the valley using bank cheques to make the payments.

“On the complaint of a businessman, an FIR was lodged in Ram Munshibagh after which the arrests were made. More arrests are likely,” he stated.

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