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Mysuru-Hunsur Highway blocked for 3-hours

People stealing rice bags add to chaos

Mysuru / Hunsur, Oct. 26- In a ghastly accident, five persons were killed and more than 10 sustained injuries (8 of them serious) when a speeding KSRTC bus collided head-on with a rice-laden lorry on Mysuru-Hunsur Highway at Madhugirikoppalu in Hunsur taluk early this morning. The accident occurred at 6.45 am when the bus driver was overtaking a car.

The impact of the accident was such that the lorry caved in to the bus chassis and reached the second row of the passenger seat of the bus killing the bus driver, lorry driver, its cleaner and one more bus passenger. The bus conductor who was sitting on the seat beside the driver died on the way to hospital. The Police and the public had a harrowing time while extricating the bodies and rescuing the injured.

While the bus (KA-09-F-5204) was proceeding towards Bengaluru (via Mysuru) from Virajpet in Kodagu, the rice-laden lorry (AP-02-TC-3375) was heading towards Hunsur from Andhra Pradesh.

DEAD AND INJURED: The dead have been identified as bus driver Sadashiva (37), son of Venkata Shetty of Huduganahalli Village in K.R. Pet, conductor Devaraju (38), a native of Harihara who lived in a rented house at H.D. Kote, lorry driver Anji of Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh and cleaner Ramanji, of Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh. The identity of one more passenger whose body was inside the bus has been revealed by the Police as Ramappa. His age and place of residence are yet to be ascertained.

Those who have been seriously injured have been identified as 58-year-old Ramaswamy, son of Ramegowda from Hirekyathanahalli village in Hunsur, 60-year-old Thangavva, her husband 66-year-old Aiyappa from Srimangala village in South Kodagu, 45-year-old Santhosh from Malaganakere village in Hunsur, 55-year-old Mukunda, son of Javarayappa of Sindhuvalli village near Mysuru, 56-year-old Prabhu from Hunsur, 45-year-old Ajith from Virajpet, Somashekar from Hunsur and 19-year-old Ankit from Hunsur.

Ankit is an engineering student of Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering and was on his way to the college from Hunsur. Both of his legs have been crushed in the accident. While some of the injured have been admitted to K.R. Hospital, some have been taken to other private hospitals including Apollo Hospital, JSS Hospital and Shanthaveri Gopalagowda Hospital. People who have sustained minor injuries have themselves admitted to hospitals and have been discharged.

FOG PREVENTED VISIBILITY: The ill-fated bus belonged to H.D. Kote depot and had halted in Virajpet yesterday night. The bus started from Virajpet at 5 am and was heading towards Mysuru to reach Bengaluru. As it neared Yedaganakoppalu Gate near Madhugirikoppalu (Bannikuppe) at Bilikere, driver Sadashiva was trying to overtake a car that was proceeding towards Mysuru. Due to thick morning fog, he failed to notice the lorry that was coming from the opposite direction and rammed into the heavy vehicle.

Police said that both the vehicles were at a speed of 70 to 80 kilometres per hour.

JOINED SERVICE 7 MONTHS AGO: Sadashiva had joined the KSRTC as a driver only seven months back. Earlier, he was doing odd jobs as a driver for lorries and tempos. He was selected for the job and after initial training, was deputed on the H.D. Kote-Bengaluru route.

As fate would have willed it, conductor Devaraju was sitting near the driver instead of his designated seat at the back of the bus. He too did not notice the fast approaching lorry.

TRAFFIC PILE UP: Traffic on the Mysuru-Hunsur Highway was disrupted for more than three hours due to the accident. While some vehicles proceeding towards Hunsur and Kodagu at around 7 am were diverted through nearby villages, vehicles coming later were stranded till the mangled remains of the bus and the lorry were removed from the road.

As soon as the accident happened, villagers blocked the road near the K.R. Nagar junction and there were a couple of vehicles parked across the road preventing vehicle movements. Order was restored only after the Police teams arrived.

SCRAMBLE FOR RICE: Due to the impact of the accident, many rice bags that were loaded on the lorry fell on the road and there was a mad scramble for rice. Villagers saw the accident as an opportunity and many of them carried rice bags home before the Police arrived.


Bengaluru, Oct.26- In a major relief to BJP State President and former Chief Minister B.S.Yeddyurappa, a special CBI court presided by Justice R.B. Dharmagaudar this morning acquitted him and all other accused in the Rs. 40 crore bribery case.

The other acquitted are Yeddyurappa’s sons B.Y. Raghavendra and B.Y. Vijayendra, son in-law R.N. Sohan Kumar, former Muzrai Minister K.S. Krishnaiah Setty and some officials of Jindal steel company.

Festive atmosphere descended at the City Court Complex housing the special CBI Court as thousands of Yeddyurappa’s followers shouted slogans lauding the victory of their leader.

Meanwhile, advocate C.V. Nagesh, accompanied Yeddyurappa during his stay at the court hall today said that prosecution has failed to prove any of the charges filed against Yeddyurappa and others.

The allegations were that Yeddyurappa, his two sons, son-in-law and a steel conglomerate Jindal were involved in criminal conspiracy, bribery, forgery and corruption in a case relating to payment of Rs. 40 crore to a family-run Prerana Trust. It may be recalled that Yeddyurappa, during the hearing of the case on May 3, 2016, had broken down claiming that he was innocent and that he was a victim of political conspiracy.

Yeddyurappa had also answered the 400-odd questions mostly in monosyllables. He had failed to get the case quashed in the Supreme Court.

While Yeddyurappa was facing trial as the prime accused, his sons Raghavendra, Vijayendra and son-in-law Sohan Kumar have also been chargesheeted. During questioning, Yeddyurappa denied all allegations.

Background: The South-West Mining case was part of Chapter 22 of the second part of Lokayukta report on illegal mining submitted by former Lokayukta N. Santhosh Hegde in July 2011. The mining firm Jindal South West, which is a part of the Jindal group bought 1.2 acres of land from a private firm owned by the Yeddyurappa family.

This transaction was done for Rs. 20 crore, much higher than the guidance value. Another transaction also was made to Prerana Education Trust where Jindal donated Rs 10 crore.

It was alleged that the bribe was paid for a grant of official favours during Yeddyurappa’s tenure as the Chief Minister between 2008 and 2011 and a total of 216 witnesses were examined.

The accused had been charged under IPC sections, including 120-B (conspiracy) and 420 (cheating) as also under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and Karnataka Land (Restriction on) Transfer Act.

It may also be recalled that Yeddyurappa resigned as CM in July 2011 after the Lokayukta report on illegal mining indicted him following which a spate of corruption and land de-notification cases had been filed against him.


Mysuru, Oct. 26 - The Narasimharaja Police have yesterday taken two more persons into custody for allegedly assaulting a father and son duo in the city. The Police have already taken a 21-year-old model Monisha into custody. She had allegedly hired some goons to assault the duo on Sunday (Oct. 23).

On the night of Oct. 23, a group of miscreants barged into the house of MCC Electrical Contractor Mukthar (59) and his 30-year-old son Mohin Ahmed at 1st Cross, Shivaji Road, N.R. Mohalla. The goons attacked them with lethal weapons and both of them received serious injuries and were later shifted to a private hospital by neighbours.

The police action comes following definite clues and mobile phone call records. Investigations revealed that six persons were involved in the assault and the hunt is on for four more accused.

According to the police, Monisha was in love with Siraj, Mohin Ahmed’s relative, and wanted him to marry her. As his family objected, Siraj declined to tie the knot with her. As Monisha was pestering him for marriage, Mohin intervened and asked her not to insist on the wedding. This had not gone down well with Monisha.

Recently, Mohin allegedly slapped her during an argument and this could have been the reason for the assault, Police said. The model called Mohin on his mobile phone just before the attack and had threatened him.


Mysuru, Oct. 26 - Based on instructions from DCP Crime and Traffic N.Rudramuni, Traffic ACP K.N. Madaiah has suspended K.R.Traffic Constable Somashekar and Head Constable Kumaraswamy for their alleged involvement in a case relating to an incident in which a truck driver attempted to commit suicide after the Police demanded bribe to release his seized vehicle.

The incident occurred on Oct. 19 when the goods truck carrying tomatoes from Gundlupet to Hunsur was seized by K.R. Traffic Police where the driver was booked for drunken driving.

The driver, who later came to the Police Station to get his vehicle released, was made to sit inside the Station for more than two hours despite pleading that he did not have money to pay the demanded bribe. The Police had threatened that his driving licence would be suspended.

Unable to bear this, the driver went out of the Station and attempted to kill himself by hanging on to a tree. He was, however, prevented by some Constables and his vehicle was released.

K.R. Traffic Inspector Nagegowda, who denied the incident, had been issued notice to explain his stand in writing and asked to find the truck driver and produce him before the higher authorities.


Caption: Dr. A. Subramanyeshwara Rao (2nd from right), who took charge as Mysuru City Police Commissioner yesterday, being greeted by IGP (Southern Range) B.K. Singh, as DCPs B.V. Kittur and Dr. H.T. Shekar look on.

Mysuru, Oct. 26- Dr. A. Subramanyeshwara Rao took charge as the new Mysuru City Police Commissioner yesterday.

Dr. Rao, a 2002 batch IPS Officer, was posted as Commissioner of Police, upon repatriation from Central deputation, to succeed B. Dayananda. He took charge from IGP (Southern Range) B.K. Singh, who was holding additional charge as Police Commissioner, at a simple ceremony in the city Police Commissioner’s office on Mirza Road. DCPs Dr. H.T. Shekar (Law and Order), N. Rudramuni (Crime & Traffic) and DCP (CAR) Basavaraj V. Kittur were present.

Speaking to press persons after assuming charge, Dr. Rao referred to the increasing instances of chain-snatching in the city and said he had his own plans to counter crime and chain-snatching cases, with assistance and co-ordination of other Police personal in the city.

Maintaining that it was important to create an atmosphere where Police Stations were free from any sort of interference, Dr. Rao said his first priority was to ensure that Mysuru, which is known for its cultural and heritage richness, becomes a crime-free city.

Stating that he would strive for transparency in the Department’s functioning, the new Police Commissioner said that he will execute his responsibility in such a manner so as to bring a fair name to the Government.

Stating that he would crack down on rowdies and other anti-social elements, Dr. Rao said the Police Department would not hesitate to take action against those indulging in disturbing peace and communal harmony.

He further said that he would seek information on undetected cases in all Police Stations of the city and initiate measure to crack them. Referring to traffic problems in the city, Dr. Rao said that latest technological discoveries will be used for better traffic management in the city.

Asserting that action will be taken against traffic violators, he said more CCTV Cameras will be installed on prominent roads, key and strategic locations.

He also said he will look into the problems faced by Police personnel and ensure that they get facilities such as weekly holidays, Police canteen, uniforms etc.


Mysuru, Oct. 26- More than 10 days after a Judge from Bagalkot filed an FIR against two Constables on duty accusing them of using abusive language against her and her family members during their visit to Mysore Palace, the City Police have not acted against the accused.

The accused are City Armed Reserved Constables Chandregowda and Nagaraj working at Mysore Palace. They have been booked under IPC Section 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) after they refused to allow Bagalkot Principal Senior Civil Judge B. Sharada and her family members inside the Palace from Jayamarthanda Gate of the Palace on Oct. 14 at around 5.45 pm.

The Constables allegedly removed their name badges after the incident to make it difficult for Judge to identify them.

In her complaint, the Judge has accused the Constables of assaulting and abusing her. She contacted the Police Control Room and filed a complaint against them and since the complainant was the District Judge, Devaraja Police immediately registered a case and filed an FIR.

DCP REACTS: Though there is no visible action against the accused, senior officers have told that action would be taken. Speaking to Star of Mysore, Deputy Commissioner of Police Dr. H.T. Shekar said that a report has been sought from the Devaraja Police and action would be taken after the report reaches him.


The Cop went missing after levelling false allegations against Chitradurga SP

Mysuru, Oct.26- A Cop, who is said to be absconding after being suspended for levelling false allegations against Chitradurga SP, is said to be hiding in city. The absconding Cop has been identified as Kaviraj of V.V. Pura village in Hiriyur taluk in Chitradurga district and working as a driver of a Mobile Patrol Squad. It is said that Kaviraj had been warned several times for demanding bribes.

Kaviraj, who had recently been transferred to the ACB in Chitradurga, approached Chitradurga SP Arun Rangarajan with a request to be posted at Hiriyur citing health grounds. The SP, who was aware of Kaviraj’s alleged bribe taking habits, rejected the request and had also suspended him.

Upset over not being posted to Hiriyur, Kaviraj levelled false allegations against Arun Rangarajan before leaving the place with a note saying that he would commit suicide. Based on information that Kaviraj is hiding in Mysuru, a team of Chitradurga Police has arrived in the city to trace him.


Mysuru, Oct.26- A city-based industrialist has lodged a complaint with V.V. Puram Police alleging that miscreants had cheated him of Rs. 46 lakh by hacking an e-mail account of a German-based company with which he was transacting business.

Though the identity of the complainant is yet to be revealed, it is said that he owns an industry in Nanjangud Industrial Area.

The unnamed industrialist, who was involved in overseas dealing, had reportedly deposited Rs. 46 lakh to the e-mail account of the German-based company as per agreed terms.

He later realised that Rs. 46 lakh that he had credited in the name of the German firm had been withdrawn within ten minutes of his depositing the amount by miscreants hacking the e-mail account of the company.

It was only when the industrialist came in contact with German company that he realised that he had lost the money to a hacker.

However, V.V. Puram Police, who have registered a case, have so far not disclosed the identity of the industrialist who fell victim to the cyber crime.

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