labourers die in truck accident
PATNA, March 20 (PTI) At least 22 of the 40
labourers travelling on a coal-laden truck were killed
when it overturned and fell into a roadside ditch near
Sikaripara in Dumka district of south Bihar today, the
police said. Seventeen injured labourers were admitted to
Chitra and Dumka hospitals where condition of 12 was
stated to be critical.
CHENNAI, March 20
(PTI) K.V. Mahadevan, nephew of Ms Sasikala
Natarajan, a close friend of AIADMK leader Jayalalitha,
was arrested today at Tiruppur in Tamil Nadus
Coimbatore district in connection with the alleged
assault on an auditor here last week, police said.
Mahadevan, stated to be absconding ever since an FIR was
registered against him, was taken into custody by a
special police party this afternoon, the police said.
Troops kill 8
March 20 (AFP) Sri Lankan troops killed eight
Tamil Tiger rebels in separate confrontations, a day
after the guerrillas shelled a key military base, killing
12 persons, the Defence Ministry said here today.
Commandos from the elite police special task force shot
dead five members of the rebel LTTE in the north-western
region of Mannar yesterday.
7 Maoists shot
March 20 (DPA) The police has killed seven Maoist
insurgents in a gunbattle in Dahal village in
Kavrepalchowk district, authorities said yesterday. Among
those killed in the fighting yesterday were four women.
According to the police, the clashes came after they were
tipped off that the Maoists were in the village, about 80
km east of here. The police opened fire "after the
Maoists suddenly began attacking the police party",
the official report said.
March 20 (PTI) Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) Guild
officers today went on a fast unto death to protest
against the arrest of four of its members in Mumbai, but
promised not to disrupt air services. In a letter to the
President, Mr K.R. Narayanan, the general secretary of
the guild, Mr Brijendra Shekhar, alleged that the Airport
Authority of India had continued its "high handed
attitude" and persecution of the controllers despite
directives against it by the Delhi High Court. He said
four controllers who were arrested today had been
dismissed on February 18 without any hearing or inquiry
on "false" and "fabricated" charges.