QChennai: High Alert for ‘LeT Operatives’; Two Drug Dealers Held
1. Let Infiltration: Tamil Nadu Still on High Alert, One Picked in Chennai
Police will strengthen anti-sabotage checks across the state to nab the six Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives, who had infiltrated into the state by sea from Sri Lanka, a senior police officer said on Saturday.
The special investigation division (SID) wing of police on Saturday picked up Siddiqui, a resident of Mannadi in Chennai, from a hideout in Coimbatore. He is a close aide of Rahim Kolliyil and a Kochi-based woman identified by the central intelligence agency as ‘facilitators for the infiltrators,’ police said. The Tamil Nadu commando force conducted anti-sabotage checks at several places in Coimbatore.
(Source: The Times of India)
2 .Graduate Drug Pushers on Prowl in Posh Bars; Two Held
Narcotics Intelligence Bureau (NIB) CID on Saturday arrested two graduates who allegedly sold synthetic drugs to people coming to a bar at a hotel in Egmore. Sleuths said there was an increasing trend of youth selling drugs to meet the demand.
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Purushothaman of Chennai division, said, “We received anonymous information that two men were selling drugs at the hotel for the past three weekends. A team of three officers in plainclothes visited the bar on the ground floor of the hotel. The two were moving near the entrance and were talking to people.” The team nabbed them and seized 10 Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) tablets and two LSD stamps worth Rs 1.50 lakh.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
3. TN Govt’s Education Channel to Launch on Monday
A TV Channel exclusively dedicated for school students in Tamil Nadu will start its operations on Monday. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami will launch the channel. According to reports, Kalvi Tholaikkatchi (Education TV) will telecast programmes from 6 am to 9.30 pm every day.
The programmes will be based on board exam preparation for students, employment news and opportunities for the youth and career-guidance information. The content for the channel has been prepared by a group of 25 teachers and the programmes will also have guest speakers like authors and subject experts.
(Source: The News Minute)
4. Several Phone Lines of Police Stations down for More Than Three Weeks
Most of the telephone lines of the city police are not working. This has resulted in the public not being able to air their grievances to the local police officials. To make things worse, over 900 Centrex lines of the city were down for more than 20 days after a major fire accident at BSNL’s Harbour Exchange.
Every police station has been provided with a Centrex (central office exchange service) number along with a regular landline. In 135 stations, these numbers are often not in working condition. In addition to the landlines all police officers have been provided with mobile phones with closed user group (CUG) connections for easier access by the public.
(Source: The Hindu)
5. Residents Complain of Oil in Borewell Water
Residents of Thiruchinankuppam, a fishing hamlet near Tiruvottiyur, have been complaining of getting oil-contaminated water from their borewells. “We have been getting oil-contaminated groundwater from Friday. Our storage tanks had oil and we cleaned them on Sunday. But despite that the smell of oil remains in the water. We cannot use it for cooking, drinking or household chores,” said Meena, a resident.
President of the Thiruchinankuppam Fishermen’s Cooperative Society A Madhan said they suspected that the oil seeped into the ground from oil mills in the surrounding.
(Source: The Hindu)
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