Crime file: Murder, mishap and more

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The broad daylight murder of an ASI, who was shot dead in Amritsar on Wednesday when he stopped and confronted the stalker of his daughter, has hugely embarras-sed the Akali government. The stalker is a general secretary of the district unit of the Akali Dal and has now been arrested.

Ranjit Singh Rana was arrested from the border belt of Amritsar district on Thursday morning along with another accused. Two other accused are absconding.

The incident took place near the Chhehrata police station, on the outskirts of Amritsar city.

After ASI Ravinder Pal Singh’s daughter complained that some men had been harassing her for the past few days, the ASI confronted the men. After an argument, Rana fired at him and his daughter and left them injured.

Eyewitnesses said that Rana and his accomplices returned to the spot in a je-ep later and shot the ASI in the chest from close range. Ravinder Pal was rushed to a hospital where he was declared dead.


Girl jumps off 3rd floor of college building

Girl jumps off 3rd floor of college building



A II PUC girl, who allegedly indulged in malpractice during the class tests, attempted suicide by jumping off the third floor of the St Joseph’s Indian Composite PU College building on Residency Road on Thursday.

S. Sharanya (18), a science stream student, was a resident of Ulsoor. She was attending her third round tests in the morning, which had commenced from Wednesday. She is said to have been caught while copying from a note which she had brought to the exam hall in room number 304 on the third floor.

The invigilator, who saw some chits between her question paper and answer sheets, went out of the room looking for the vice-principal to bring the issue to his notice. Sharanya followed him outside and apologised, but the invigilator did not relent.

Upset over being caught copying, she jumped off the parapet wall in full view of other lecturers and students, police said. Luckily, she landed on soft ground and was immediately rushed to Mallya Hospital where her condition is said to be stable.

Initially, it was suspected that she might have slipped and fallen on to the ground, but later it was found that she was allegedly involved in exam malpractice, police said.

St Joseph’s Indian Composite PU College Principal Fr Gilbert Saldanha S.J. denied allegations of any sort of insult to the student and said she suddenly jumped off the third floor and he was not aware why she took such a drastic step.

Sharanya’s mother Mrs Shobha, speaking to the police, ruled out the copying theory and claimed that her daughter was studying even without sleep since the last two days. She might have fallen due to giddiness due to lack of sleep, the mother claimed.

Sharanya’s father Shankarnarayan is a businessman in Ulsoor. The couple has two daughters. Sharanya is a Bharata natyam dancer and teaches dance to small children in her locality, police said.

However, Manoj, a friend of Sharanya, alle ged that she tried to commit suicide following the insult at exam hall. The college authorities sent all the students out immediately after the incident and prohibited them from speaking to media. Follo wing the incident, the second tests were postponed.


College student crushed to death

College student crushed to death


A first year student from Pachaiyappa’s college who was crushed against a wall by the MTC bus he was travelling died on Thursday evening. The victim, E. Mathiyazhgan, 18, a resident of Narawari Kuppam in Red Hills, was pinned to the Puzhal police station wall by the bus.

The student was reported to be among a group who picked up a quarrel with the crew of the bus 57 F (plying between Vallalar Nagar and Karanodai). “When the bus driver was steering his vehicle towards the station to complain about the students, they started getting off and running away. But Mathiyazhagan got sandwiched between the bus and station wall. He was rushed to a private hospital where he died later,” the police said.

The students were reportedly singing in the bus due to which an argument broke out between them and the bus crew. “Unable to control the students, the bus driver decided to take the vehicle to the station.

As the bus was nearing the station, students became aware of the intention of the driver and they started jumping off the bus,” the police said. A few other students ran away leaving their bags behind. A search by the police resulted in recovery of a one and half foot long knife from one of the bags. The post mortem on Mathiyazhagan will be conducted on Friday.

While the college has declared a holiday on Friday, police have decided to deploy personnel in front of the college and Stanley medical college hospital where the post mortem is scheduled besides stationing more policemen near the residence of the victim to make sure no untoward incident takes place.

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