Udupi: Cops nab 5 in rowdy-sheeter Kishan Hegde murder case

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September 26, 2020

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Udupi, Sept 26: Police have arrested five persons in connection with the coldblooded murder of rowdy-sheeter Kishan Hegde.  The police produced all the arrested including Manoj Kodikere before court.

Hegde was hacked to death in broad daylight near Veerabhadra temple in Hiriyadka on September 24. The investigation into the case has revealed that the murder was committed over financial issues.

Hegde along with two others – Hariprasad Shetty and Divyaraj Shetty had been to Hiriyadka and parked the car near the temple. At this time few people, armed with weapons, approached their vehicle from the front and smashed its windshield. One of the attackers, identified as Manoj assaulted Hegde with a sword.

Hegde tried to escape his attackers but he was chased and assaulted repeatedly. He succumbed to his wound on the spot. Hariprasad and Divyaraj tried to stop the attackers, however, the former suffered injuries on his head and is being treated at a hospital. Divyaraj somehow managed to escape from there.

The assailants escaped in a white Ritz car and light yellow Innova car, both of which went towards Karkala side.

A complaint was filed by Divyaraj at Hiriadka station and a case has been registered under IPC sections 143, 147, 148, 341, 324, 307, 504, 506, 302, 427 and 149.

Also Read: Udupi | Rowdy-sheeter hacked to death in broad daylight at Hiriyadka

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October 24,2020

Bengaluru, Oct 24: The state government hopes to save costs on Covid testing by adopting pooled sampling. In this process, instead of testing just one sample in one test tube, five samples are used.

However, this can be done only when there are greater chances of samples being negative, since, if a sample pool tests positive, then each sample has to be individually tested again.

Now, with 10 districts of Bidar, Gadag, Raichur, Koppal, Kalaburagi, Yadgir, Ramanagara, Shivamogga, Chamarajanagar, and Kolar, having less than 5% weekly positivity rate, the state has allowed pooled sampling here.

However, in the rest of the 20 districts, individual tests will continue till they have a weekly average positivity rate of less than 5%. The government pays Rs 800 for every sample’s RTPCR test in a private lab. In Karnataka, 65% of labs are private and more than one lakh tests are done at government and private labs.

In Ramanagara district, which has a TPR of 4.1%, district surveillance officer Dr Kiran Shankar said, “We have a target of testing 800 samples with RT PCR everyday.”

“While pooling samples, we will make sure they are of low risk categories and not SARI, ILI or of patients with comorbidities. In pooling, the cost incurred on reagents added to samples and consumables will come down,” he said.

“Earlier, we would test only 96 samples in one cycle, which would take two-and-a-half hours. Now, we can pool and test 480 samples and get the results in a short time.”

Dr C N Manjunath, state nodal officer for Covid-19 testing, explained the process. “If Ramanagara has a target of testing 800 samples everyday via RT PCR, instead of using 800 test tubes for 800 samples separately, 160 tubes will hold 800 samples as each tube will have five samples.”

Dr V Ravi, Senior Professor and Head, Neurovirology, Nimhans, and member of State Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee, told DH, “Increased volume and decreased costs are the benefits of pooled testing. Cost is reduced while doing RNA extraction.”

Koppal has so far done 75,235 RT PCR tests. It’s weekly test positivity rate (TPR) is 3.7%. Vikas Kishor Suralkar, deputy commissioner, Koppal told DH, “We have been pooling samples even when our TPR was more than 5%. But I agree that the likelihood of a positive pool is less when the TPR is less than 5%. Even if some pools should come positive and we have to test all five samples individually again, one extra test doesn’t increase the cost much. But avoiding five individual tests, when a pool comes negative,  greatly reduces the cost.”
 

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October 21,2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 21: The state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nalin Kumar Kateel on Wednesday accused that several Congress leaders had links with the drug peddlers and contributed for its menace in the state.

Speaking to newsmen, after admitting many of the Congress and the JD(S) leaders into the party fold, the BJP
leader alleged that several Congress leaders were associated with several drug peddlers, when Congress leader Siddaramaiah was the chief minister of the state.

Maintaining that the BJP government in the state had decided to uproot the drug menace in the state he said that
thanks to tough stand taken by the state police, several people associated with the drug trafficking had been
attested.

"The BJP government will not rest until Karnataka is free from drug menace," he said.

Alleging that the Congress party had always tried to divide the society and generate animosity between
people of different religions the state BJP president said that "it was revealed when Siddaramaiah had tried
to divide the Lingayath community".

The previous Congress government had started celebrating Tippu birth ceremony, only to please
the minority community in the state, he said.

The Congress leaders infighting had resulted in the unprecedented riots and arson which took place
in the DG halli and KG Halli riots, the BJP leader said.

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October 21,2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 21: Senior BJP Leader and former Karnataka Minister K S Eshwarappa on Wednesday urged party State President Nalin Kumar Kateel to suspend Yatnal without giving notice seeking explanation for his statement that Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa will not continue in his post for a long time as the party Central leaders have decided to remove him very soon.

Stating that the party will take disciplinary action against Yatnal, he said that "I urge Nalin Kumar Kateel to remove him (Yatnal) from the party without giving notice seeking explanation".

Talking to newsmen here, Eshwarappa alleged that he (Yatnal) attended the State working Committee meeting held recently in the city and though he (Yatnal) was also present, he did not speak anything against the Chief Minister. "But now to get cheap publicity, he is making a statement which is far from the truth. disciplinary action should be taken against him and the party will deal at the appropriate time."

Eshwarappa said that Yatnal is repeating his statement several times. However, he should have learnt by this time that repeating a false statement will not change the party's stand on what is true. There was no move to change Yediyurappa and just because Yatnal is claiming so and repeating it frequently the party's stand will not change.

Meanwhile, party State president Kateel has in a tweet stated that there is no possibility of changing Chief Minister and Yediyurappa will continue to be the head for the remaining three year period.

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