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Goa cop claims Catholic saint helped him track Irish tourist’s killer

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Panaji, March 16: A Goa cop who led the probe into the brutal murder of an Irish tourist in Goa on March 13 has claimed that his patron saint, St. Anthony of Padua, helped him on tracking the case.

In a Facebook post uploaded late on Wednesday, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Canacona) Sammy Tavares said that praying to St. Anthony, a Portuguese-born Francisan Catholic priest from 1200, helped him find a clue in the sensational case, with which the police tracked down the killer within 24 hours.

“On March 13 morning at about 9 a.m., I received a shocking news about a naked dead body of a dead foreigner female at Canacona. The first thing I did was to pray Jesus and St. Anthony who is my patron. It was a Tuesday, St.Anthony’s day. I demanded with St. Anthony to intervene and help me in solving this sensational case,” Tavares said in his Facebook post.

While 26 per cent of Goa is Roman Catholic in religious orientation, Ireland is also dominated by Roman Catholics.

Tavares claims he got to the clue immediately leading to the arrest of Vikas Bhagat, a history sheeter, who has been booked under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.

“Within few hours of investigations, we came across a clue, upon which we worked out and within four hours the suspect was put behind bars. On further investigations, he confessed of having involved in the gruesome murder of the innocent lady,” Tavares said, thanking Jesus Christ and St. Antony for leading him to the clue.

The slain Irish tourist was found naked and sprawled, with injuries to her head and face in a desolate area in Devbag in Canacona, a sub-district located 95 km south of Panaji.

A forensic team is also expected to examine whether the victim, who was vacationing in Goa with a friend, was raped.

“I also assure all, that no stone will be left unturned to give justice to the near and dear ones of the victim,” Tavares also said, even as Irish consular officials have established contact with the state home department to work out the arrangements for ferrying the victim’s remains to Ireland.

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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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