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17 Mar 2018, Edition - 977, Saturday


  • The Congress and other political parties have been alleging that EVMs tampered during polls and demanding reintroduction of the ballot paper system of voting.
  • J&K Minister Altaf Bukhari sings praises for Separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani | Bukhari: Geelani is a very big leader and my stature is too small
  • Pro-Khalistan terrorist convicted of killing former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh does not regreat his action, says his lawyer.
  • MS Dhoni all praise for Nepal after it was granted ODI status by the International Cricket Council (ICC)
  • Mohammed Shami issues clarification on wife’s ‘rape’ allegations
  • According to reports, a Bangladesh player broke the glass while celebrating the team’s win over Sri Lanka in the T20I Nidahas Trophy tri-series.
  • 43-year-old Tara had earlier confessed to his involvement in the assassination of Beant Singh in 1995.
  • Delhi: NCB (Narcotics Control Bureau) busts big drug racket.
  • 3 Bangladeshi nationals held in Pune | Arrested nationals said to have terror links | Accused have links with Al Qaeda affiliate | ATS to probe their terror links
  • Modi and his associates allegedly defrauded Punjab National Bank of around Rs 13,000 crore through fraudulent LOUs of PNB


A gradual normalcy returns

Covai Post Network

After a day of unexpected violence, following the murder of the Hindu Munnani leader Sasikumar, the district gradually worked its way to calm with shops and hotels opening for business in the evening under a strong police presence.

Superintendent of Police, R V Ramya Bharathi said that six special police teams have fanned out to various places to nab the culprits.

Shops, hotels and other commercial establishments and 70 per cent of garment factories were closed in nearby Tiruppur, a strong hold of the Hindu organisation.

The day saw persistent violence against commercial establishments, places of worship and even the police. Petrol bombs were hurled at three mosques and a church was stoned, prompting police to provide protection to the city’s places of worship.

Some schools on Mettupalayam Road and Avanashi Road declared holiday.

Over 500 workers laid siege to Big Bazaar Street Police Station, seeking the release of five of their colleagues and blamed police for the failure to nab the killers. However, the situation was brought under control by City Police Commissioner A Amalraj, who went to the spot and assured the release of the workers.

Some in the procession also targeted media persons, even as a few indulged in arson and ransacked a shop enroute the procession, in which more than 3,000 participated, some on two-wheelers.

Even as the funeral procession reached Sasikumar’s residence and later, the crematorium near Thudiyalur, miscreants torched a police jeep, injuring three policemen. They also set fire to four cars, a government bus, two motorcycles and an autorickshaw during the procession, police said. The body of Sasikumar, which bore 11 cuts, was consigned to flames in Thudiyalur crematorium.

Amalraj and district collector T N Hariharan rushed to Thudiyalur, following reports of burning of vehicles. Earlier, a delegation comprising major political parties submitted a memorandum to Hariharan seeking to take steps to restore peace.

With additional police force from nearby Tiruppur, police are keeping tight vigil and gradually bringing the situation under control.