10 dead, 50 hurt as Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter-City Express derails near Hosur

At least ten passengers died and about 50 others suffered injuries when the 12677 Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter-city Express derailed on Friday morning near Anekal Road, close to Hosur in Tamil Nadu, official sources said.
10 dead, 50 injured as Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter-City Express derails
At least ten passengers died and about 50 others suffered injuries when the 12677 Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter-city Express derailed this morning near Anekal Road, close to Hosur in Tamil Nadu, official sources said.
The mishap occurred at around 7.45 am between Anekal Road and Hosur stations on the Bangalore-Salem section of South-Western Railway, they said.
Prima facie, the derailment occurred after the train hit a boulder that had rolled down onto the tracks in the ghat section, the sources said.
The train had left Bangalore at 6.15 am for Ernakulam in Kerala. Nine coaches and the engine of the train went off the rails, and one coach in particular, D8, a second class chair car, was badly affected, they said.
The derailed coaches included two air-conditioned chair cars and six second class chair cars, but they did not suffer much damage.
A pantry car and four second class chair cars were not affected by the derailment, the sources said.
South-Western Railway spokesperson Chandrasekhar Gupta told NetIndian over the telephone that ten bodies had been extricated from the mangled coaches.
He said 18 of the injured passengers had suffered severe injuries and were undergoing treatment in the Narayan Hridalaya, Sparsh and Anekal General hospitals nearby.
Police and emergency personnel, including railway officials and staff, from nearby areas in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka rushed to the spot with ambulances and medical equipment. The Railways rushed medical vans and accident relief vans to the spot.
Efforts were being made to restore rail traffic on the section at the earliest, the sources said.
In Delhi, Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu said he was rushing to the scene of the accident and that he had directed the Chairman of the Railway Board, the General Manager of South-Western Railway and other senior officials to reach the spot.
He said all possible help would be rendered to the affected passengers and families. He also announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 200,000 for the next-of-kin of each of those killed in the accident, Rs 50,000 for the grievously injured passengers and Rs 20,000 for those with minor injuries.
Union Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, a former Minister for Railways and former Karnataka Chief Minister, was among those who reached the scene of the accident. 
"I am personally monitoring it and in touch with State and local administration. All Sr rail officials are directed by me to be on job," Mr Prabhu said.
"Condolences to all the  unfortunate members of the families who lost lives. Directed to provide best possible medical care to the injured," he said.
"Ordered enquiry to fix responsibility and for corrective action to prevent such unfortunate accidents. Monitoring action regularly," he added.
The Railways have set up the following helplines to provide information and assistance to victims and their relatives: 0948090599,  08022371166, 09731666751.
Besides, the Railways have set up the following helpline numbers in Kerala:
Trivandrum: 0471-2321205, 2321237, 09746769960
Ernakulam Jn.: 0484-2100317, 0813699773
Ernakulam Town: 0484-2398200
Trichur: 04877-2424148, 2430060
Aluva: 0484-2624143

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Minor quake recorded in border region of Dharampuri, Salem districts in Tamil Nadu

An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the border region between the districts of Dharampuri and Salem in Tamil Nadu early today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 11.9 degrees North and longitude 77.9 degrees East, occurred at 0349 hours today at a focal depth of 15 km, an IMD bulletin added.

Seven Ayyappa devotees killed in car-bus collision in Tamil Nadu


Seven Ayyappa devotees were killed on the spot and two others seriously injured when their car was hit by a private bus at Thoppur near Omalur on the outskirts of the city early today. 

Police said a nine-member group was on its way to Sabarimala from Guntur in Andhra Pradesh when their car was hit by the bus. The bus was on en route Chennai from Coimbatore. 
Five of the deceased were identified as Srinivasa Rao, Nava Kesari Rao, Ramakoteeswara Rao, Raghupathy Rao and Ethar Boopathy Rao. Two others were yet to be identified. The injured were referred to a private hospital here. 
The bodies were sent to General Hospital here for autopsy.
District Collector Magara Booshanam and Superintendent of Police Muthusamy visited the spot, police added.

Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.


Veerapandi Arumugham arrested in fresh land grab case in TN


Former Tamil Nadu minister and senior Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader Veerapandi Arumugham was arrested in a fresh case of land grabbing filed against him here this morning.

Mr Arumugham, who is on conditional bail in connection with two other land grabbing cases against him, had gone to the Salem Central Crime Branch office to sign before the investigation officer as per the bail condition when he was held in the new case.

The Salem Central Crime Brach police slapped the fresh case against Mr Arumugam, and arrested him on a complaint lodged by one Balamohan Rao of Dasanayakapatti that the former minister had grabbed Rs 4 crore worth of land from him.

Police told UNI that he was being sent judicial remand.

Tension prevailed in Salem following the arrest of Mr Arumugam as a large number of his supporters staged a protest and pelted stones at buses, damaging their wind shields.


Ex-DMK minister surrenders before court, remanded


Complying with a Madras High Court directive, senior Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader and former state Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S Arumugam today surrendered before the police probing the land-grabbing cases against him, in which three people were arrested.

Mr Arumugam, who arrived from Coimbatore early today after attending the party's two-day Executive and General Council, surrendered before the Salem Central Crime Branch Police at 1000 hrs.

He was later produced before a court and remanded in police custody for questioning.

After custodial interrogation, the former Minister, who is known as the Salem strongman of the DMK, would appear before the Salem Judicial Magistrate Court by 1700 hrs on July 27 for getting bail.

Mr Arumugam was cited as the prime accused in two land-grabbing cases registered against him.

While one case pertained to the alleged forcible eviction of over 20 people living in a colony in Salem district to occupy the land, the other involved grabbing a property worth more than Rs 80 crore.

Acting on complaints from aggrieved persons, police registered cases against Mr Arumugam and 12 others under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

As police launched a manhunt to nab him, the former Minister moved Madras High Court seeking anticipatory bail. While hearing his petition, Mr Justice Rajasuriya directed him to surrender before the Salem CCB Investigating Officer today and that he could secure bail on July 27 after custodial interrogation.

The judge said while getting bail, Mr Arumugam should execute a bond for Rs 25,000 and two sureties for a like sum.

He also directed him to sign before the Investigating Officer till further orders.


Woman throws kids, brother into well, commits suicide in Tamil Nadu

A 35-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide by jumping into a farm well after throwing her two children and brother into it yesterday at Kunjandiyur village near Mettur in this district of Tamil Nadu.

Police said here today Sumathi (35), a construction worker had a quarrel with her paramour's girlfriend on Thursday.

She allegedly took her daughter Sujitha (7), son Bhoopathy (4) and her brother Suresh (14) to the well and threw them inside. Later, she committed suicide by jumping into it, the police said.

Some passers-by noticed slippers floating in the well and informed the police.

Fire and Rescue Services personnel fished out the bodies of Sumathi and Suresh last evening. The bodies of Sujitha and Bhoopathy were recovered this morning, police added.


4 killed as bus rams into bus stop in Tamil Nadu

Four people, including a mother-daughter duo, were killed last night when a speeding lorry rammed into a bus stop,near Periaseeragapadi in this district of Tamil Nadu, where they were waiting to board a bus.

Police said here polytechnic students Amal Gopal (18) and Mathew (18) and Lakshmi (40) and her daughter Kumidini (11) were hit by the lorry which sped towards them.

They were rushed to a private hospital where they succumbed. The bodies were shifted to a government hospital for post-mortem examination, police added.


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