Police rescue 52 people from bonded labour in Hassan

HASSAN: In what is likely to be remembered more for its humane side than as a case that proved the cops’ mettle, Hassan district police on Sunday night rescued as many as 52 migrant bonded labourers who were put to work on a farm and had been confined to Savanthahalli were rescued. Those rescued had been brought to the plantation in Dudda hobli, and been forced to work in extremely poor conditions. The rescued labourers were subsequently housed in a school nearby on Monday morning. The plight of the labourers…

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Stray horses kill woman in Mysuru

Mysuru: A woman selling leafy vegetables died after she was attacked by stray horses in Gayathripuram on Tuesday. This comes weeks after a youth was injured near Mysuru Law Courts when a stray horse bit him. Eyewitnesses said the attack left Parvathamma, 55, badly bleeding in the head and face. She informed passersby her sons’ phone numbers before falling unconscious. Blood was oozing out of her nose and she suffered severe head injuries. Though Parvathamma’s sons and an ambulance reached the spot quickly, she had breathed her last by then.…

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Police get vital clues in identifying culprits

Mysuru: Ramapura police probing the Sulwadi Maramma temple poisoning case have detained 10 persons so far. Chamarajanagar SP Dharmender Kumar Meena said, “We haven’t detained any seer. Saluru junior seer Mahadeva Swamy, head of Maramma Temple Seva Samiti, is being questioned.” On Tuesday, police detained a few agricultural department staff who allegedly sold the insecticide to one of the detainees. Police are investigating how pesticide bottles reached the temple. They have identified both seller and buyer of the pesticide and this will enable them to confirm when the liquid was…

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Poisoned prasada shatters three families

MYSURU: The Kichugutth Maramma temple poisoning incident has shattered the lives of three families. A father is haunted by the death of his 12-year-old daughter who ate food prepared and served by him, three siblings lost their parents and a new mother blessed with a child after 12 years of marriage lost her husband. Puttaswamy, undergoing treatment at KR Hospital, is grief-stricken and says he has to live with the burden of guilt following the death of his eldest daughter Anitha. This father of three daughters told TOI from his…

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Exhibition displays letters by Nalwadi, Raja Ravivarma

MYSURU; Gazing at hardened clay tablets that are all that remain of ancient civilisations, the squiggly lines might make no sense to us, given the many millennia that separates us from those who must have scribbles these seemingly strange shapes. But, such is history. In such an event, documents bearing characters more closer to our own times are only bound to enhance our interest. Hence, it was no surprise then that an exhibition held at the Nataraja First Grade Residential College for Women on Monday displaying missives by Maharaja Nalwadi…

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Traces of insecticide in temple offering: Deputy Chief Minister

BELAGAVI/MYSURU: Three days after 14 persons died after eating prasada at Kichgutth Maramma temple in Chamarajanagar district’s Sulwadi village, deputy CM G Parameshwara said on Monday that traces of an insecticide acutely toxic to birds and humans were found in it. After speaker KR Ramesh Kumar moved a condolence resolution in the legislative assembly, Parameshwara said the prasada of tomato rice was given to 150 people on that day and 11 died and 125 were hospitalized within 30 minutes. Parameshwara said seven persons had been taken into custody and the…

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Karnataka temple tragedy: Death toll goes up to 15

MYSURU: The death toll in Sulawadi temple poisoning has gone up to 15 with the death of a woman named Dundamma (55) at Cauvery Hospital. The woman developed complications in the morning and was rushed to ICU where she passed away at around 12.20 pm. According to a relative, earlier she had shown signs of recovery and doctors there had assured of her survival. DHO B Basavaraj confirmed TOI that Dundamma died around midday and another person is critical at a private hospital. Dundamma,a resident of MM Hills used to…

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55-year-old woman killed by stray horses in Mysuru

MYSURU: A woman selling leafy vegetables met with a tragic end after stray horses attacked her killing on spot in Gayathripuram on Tuesday. She was carrying a basket of leafy vegetables. This comes weeks after a youth was injured near Mysuru Law Courts when a stray horse had bitten him. Eyewitnesses said the attack by horses left Parvathamma (55) bleeding in her head and face leading to death. She informed her son before falling unconscious. She breathed her last after her sons reached the spot. Her family members took away…

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