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Another mutt murder
rocks Kancheepuram
 

What is India News Service, Thursday, 20 January 2005, 2000 hrs IST

Four months after the sensational murder of a temple priest for which the two Kanchi Shankaracharyas have been arrested, the caretaker of another mutt here was hacked to death inside its premises, but police rule out links between the two killings.

Forty-year-old manager of 100-year-old Uttradi Srivaishnava mutt, Srinivasachar, who hails from Patna was on Thursday morning found dead by a colleague, Ramayanji, and a milkman in a pool of blood. His body bore deep cut wounds.

The murder comes close on the heels of the killing of Sankararaman, manager of the famous Varadaraja Perumal temple, just behind the Uttradi mutt, on September 4 last year that created a nation-wide sensation when first the senior Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati and then his junior, Vijayendra were arrested in that connection. The senior seer is on bail now.

Aruna murder accused dead in police custody: One of the accused in the Alladi Aruna murder case was found dead in police custody in Madurai, while the caretaker of another mutt in Kancheepuram was hacked to death inside its premises. Also in the continuing saga of the Sankaraman case, key accused Ravi Subramanian decided to turn approver.

Junior seer\92s remand till January 24
: The junior pontiff of the Kanchi Sankara Mutt, Vijayendra Saraswati, arrested in connection with the Sankararaman murder case, was today remanded in judicial custody till January 24 by a court here following the expiry of his police custody.

Rs. 2,731 crores for tsunami relief work: The Union Cabinet today approved a Rs. 2,731-crore relief and rehabilitation package for the victims of the tsunami in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Pondicherry. The bulk of the assistance has been provided to Tamil Nadu.

Godhra carnage: crucial evidence destroyed: The cross-examination of Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) officials at the Nanavati-Shah Commission today revealed that the canvas used in the vestibule between the S-6 and S-7 coaches of the Sabarmati Express, through which the miscreants had allegedly entered the train and set it afire, had been destroyed.

Pakistan promises action on firing
: After an initial denial of information, Pakistan today promised to investigate and keep India posted of the firing of mortar shells by its troops on Indian Army posts in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday night.

Modernisation new Army vice-chief\92s priority
: Lt-Gen Bhupendra Singh Thakur today took over as the new Vice-Chief of Army Staff and said enhancing the operational efficiency of the Army and its modernisation would be among his top priorities.

57 defence personnel get bravery awards: Pride and nostalgia reigned supreme at the investiture ceremony held at Clement Town in Dehra Dun today that saw 57 gallantry awards being given away. Chief of Army Staff Designate and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lieut-Gen J.J. Singh awarded the military personnel the honour for their acts of bravery and distinguished service.

Rlys told to pay Rs 18 lakh for woman\92s death: Taking note of the Railways\92 lapse in maintaining vestibules in trains properly, the Supreme Court has ordered it to pay a compensation of Rs 18 lakh with interest to the family of a women who had fallen through it from running Goa Express 10 years ago and died on the spot.

Indo-Nepal Home Secys hold talks
: India and Nepal today held Home Secretary-level talks on various crucial issues of bilateral interest, including security, extradition treaty and a treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.

 


States
Class IV student given electric shocks by cop?
The Amritsar police is contemplating strict action against a Sub-Inspector who allegedly gave electric shocks to a student of class IV and forced his father to sign a cheque for Rs 2.35 lakh.

Sales tax official\92s son kidnapped: A class VII student of Delhi Public School here, and the son of a sales tax officer was abducted by unidentified gunmen from Patel Nagar locality today, prompting Bihar Financial Services Association (BFSA) to threaten an indefinite strike if the boy was not traced soon.

BJP stages walkout over evangelist's Bangalore programme: As Governor T N Chaturvedi began reading out his address, all the BJP members led by Mr B S Yediyurappa protested, demanding a ban on the programme. 

SC acquits murder accused: The Supreme Court has acquitted an accused from Khamanon Kamli of Fatehgarh in Punjab, awarded death sentence in a tripple murder case, giving him the benefit of doubt as the evidence of sole eyewitness, a seven-year-old girl was not found to be reliable.

Paswan ties up with Congress: The Lok Janshakti Party president, Ramvilas Paswan, today announced a pre-poll tie-up with the Congress. 


Neighbours

CBI, CISF team in Kathmandu: A five-member team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has left for Kathmandu to carry out investigations into the firing incident at the Indian mission there in which two CISF men were killed. 

Jihad, not talks, says Mullah Omar: Taliban Chief Mullah Omar, currently in hiding to escape the manhunt by American and Afghan troops, has rejected any possibility of talks with the US and vowed to continue the fight against coalition forces.

View from abroad

World Bank receives Pakistan's request: Pakistan is seeking the appointment of a "neutral expert" under the Indus Waters Treaty to sort out the Baglihar dam issue. In an official release from Washington, the Bank said it would examine the request.


Overall

Another murder rocked Kanchi: This time, the caretaker of a small mutt was hacked to death. 

Pakistan promised to probe firing: India has protested against yesterday's firing in violation of the November 2003 ceasefire.

India, Nepal talked: Home secretaries decided to sign an extradition treaty and strengthen co-operation.