QChennai: 4,000 Banners Removed in City; Nalini Returns to Prison
Here is your roundup of the top stories from Chennai.
1. Subashri's Death: 4,000 Banners Removed After Techie's Death
Following the public uproar over illegal banners installed across the city, after the death of 23-year-old techie Subashri, the city Corporation has removed 4,000 of them since Friday afternoon. It has also registered 245 cases against people responsible for the same.
“There has been a joint meeting with officials of all zones in the city and we have instructed them to monitor illegal banners round-the-clock,’’ said a corporation official. Meanwhile, the citizens can now make a complaint instantly through phone if they come across illegal banners in public places, thanks to the city corporation’s special toll-free phone numbers.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
2. Nalini Taken Back to Special Cell in Vellore
Nalini, one of the life convicts in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, was on Sunday taken back to the special women’s prison in Vellore on completion of her 51-day parole. Nalini, who has been serving a prison term for the last 28 years, had recently petitioned the Madras High court to grant her a six-month parole to enable her perform the wedding of her daughter.
Following the High court order, on 25 July, was initially released on a parole for 30 days and she stayed in a house in Vellore for performing her daughter’s wedding. Then, subsequently, Nalini’s parole was extended by 21 more days.
(Source: Deccan Chronicle)
3. Unique ‘Photo Protest’ Highlights Bad Condition of Roads in This Coimbatore Locality
‘Attention, Time to become Bear Grylls’ screams the poster on Happy Theatre, a Coimbatore-based Facebook page. The poster invites photos of bad roads in Karumbukkadai, a small locality situated on the Palghat road in the city. The intent is to bring the pathetic state of the roads in the area to the attention of the authorities and force them to take action.
S Mohammad Siyad, a 22-year-old college student, is one of the main men behind this initiative, which has grabbed eyeballs on social media for all the right reasons. Siyad says that the thought was born after numerous petitions to the authorities to repair the roads in the area bore no fruit.
(Source: The News Minute)
4. Girl Stages Kidnap in Chennai to Help Boyfriend Go Abroad
A day after a nurse was reported to have been kidnapped by unidentified men from Koyambedu bus terminus for a ransom of Rs 10 lakh, police probe has revealed that the incident was staged as her boyfriend was in need of money to go abroad for a job. Both were arrested by CMBT police. While the woman, A Vidya (22) from Telangana, worked as a nurse in a private hospital in Chennai, her boyfriend was identified as Mano (25) of Karaikal, who used to work in a software firm.
Probe with the help of call records led to the arrest of Mano. Interrogation revealed that he and Vidya were said to be in a relationship for a few years and both allegedly hatched a plan to get Rs 10 lakh from Vidya’s father as Mano was in need of money to go abroad.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
5. Nine-Member Gang Selling Ganja to Students Nabbed
The Anna Salai police have busted a nine-member gang, including a 24-year-old woman, that has been selling ganja to school and college students in the city for the past four years. Based on information that ganja was sold to students, a special team, headed by T Chandramohan, Anna Salai police inspector, increased surveillance across the city. They found that Singaraj, 32, from Madurai, had taken a room on rent in Adyar and was selling ganja to students in packets.
The police team nabbed him and during interrogation, he revealed that he had over 1,400 customers, mainly students and IT employees across the city. He received the supply from one Pandi of Maduravoyal, Priya Lakshmi of Nellore and Subramani of Teynampet.
(Source: The Hindu)
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