Thursday, September 22, 2011

Paravoor sex case: Kollywood production controller held

Three persons, including a Kollywood production controller, were arrested by the Crime Branch on Wednesday in connection with the Paravoor sex case in which a 14-year-old girl was allegedly sexually abused by over 150 persons. The arrested are Shiva, 32, of Anna Nagar in Chennai, Moitheen Kutty,40, of Kuttanad, Pattambi, and Sabu,39, of Ayyapankavu, Ernakulam. Shiva is the production controller. According to the Crime Branch officials, it was the girl's father who provided the girl to Shiva. The girl was allegedly sexually abused by the production controller at a lodge in Kannur. The other two accused had also taken the girl to various places for allegedly sexually abusing her. The Crime Branch has so far arrested 85 persons in connection with the case. 

Pan masala sachets seized: The Kochi City Shadow Police team on Wednesday seized a large quantity of pan masala sachets which were being smuggled out from the city to evade sales tax. The police said that the seized goods were worth Rs 80,000. They were kept concealed in an Ambassador car. A person identified as Sumesh, 29, of Pathanamthitta was arrested in connection with the incident. The shadow police team was able to unearth the concealed goods from the car during a routine combing operation at Marine Drive. The accused used to source large quantities of pan masala products from various places in the city and smuggle them to various parts of the state. The goods and the accused were later handed over to the commercial taxes wing which imposed a fine of Rs 25,040 on the accused. 

Forum to help Lakshadweep natives: In protest against the exploitation of natives in Lakshadweep by officials, a forum called Lakshadweep Citizens Forum for Justice has been formed. The forum activists will take out an awareness march from Bitra on October 2. It will end at Kavaratti on January 26, 2012. The forum activists will discuss the issues with the people on their way to Kavaratti. A memorandum of understanding to construct Agatti hospital, which will cause a big loss to the treasury, corruption in the construction of complexes of Lakshadweep Development Corporation Ltd and problems regarding travel will be discussed during the march.


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