RSS worker on motorbike with bomb dies in accidental explosion

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April 8, 2013
Kasargod, Apr 8: A suspected terrorist belonging to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh was killed when the motorbike on which he was travelling, with explosive materials, exploded at Maruthayil near Mattannur in Kannur district of Kerala.

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The deceased has been identified as AV Dileep Kumar (27), son of Ambiloth Sankaran. He was a noted RSS worker in the area.

The incident occurred at 5.30 am on Saturday, when Dileep was transporting explosives towards Mattannur. Although Dileep was rushed to a hospital in Kannur, doctors pronounced him brought dead.

The intensity of the explosion was such that it not only destroyed the motorbike but also damaged three houses within a 50 metre radius, police said.

Top police officials including Kannur Range IG Jose George, Kannur SP Rahul Nair and others visited the spot.  Bomb squad and forensic experts also visited the spot and gathered evidence.

According to initial indication, Dileep was carrying around 3 kg of explosive, said a member of the bomb squad who examined the spot.

CPI-M Kannu district secretary P Jayarajan said the incident was more proof that the RSS was trying to vitiate peace in the district. The police had failed in effectively countering RSS violence, he said.

After receiving the explosion report, RSS Kannur district leader Valsan Thillenkeri said that Dileep was not an active member of the outfit. “He was only a sympathizer of the organization”, he said.

Valsan also told media persons that Dileep's intention was not to carry a terrorist attack. “It was an accidental explosion. Dileep was carrying the explosive material after the festival in a local temple. The family members of Dileep were makers of traditional firecrackers,” he said.

However, local police clarified that Dileep did not have a licence to manufacture firecrackers. A case was registered under the Explosives Act and investigations are on.

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November 26,2022

Mangaluru, Nov 26: Mangaluru International Airport opened the international arrival hall at the new integrated terminal building for passenger use, starting Wednesday. 

Flight IX 814 was the first flight to dock with the aero bridge at stand six. Passengers used the aero bridge to reach the first floor of the hall and collected their luggage from baggage belt five on the ground floor.

The MIA spokesperson stated two new aero bridges at stands five and six will enable passengers to enter the new arrival hall seamlessly. 

Adequate counters have been set up for the airport health organisation and immigration officials to process the passengers. Post the screening of their hand baggage and personal frisking by the customs officials, the passengers move down to the ground floor to the baggage carousels to collect their luggage. 

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November 15,2022

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Bengaluru: The Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) on Monday announced a Rs 3 hike in the per-litre prices of Nandini milk and curd that was to take effect on Tuesday but withdrew the decision after prodding from the chief minister's office. 

The KMF cited the increase in processing and maintenance costs in dairy farming in the last two years to announce the hike. Officials said the cost of materials used to prepare cattle fodder had shot up by at least 30 per cent. “By June 2022, we collected close to 94.20 lakh litres of milk a day. But this has come down to 78.80 lakh litres because many small farmers have given up dairy farming due to rising costs," a KMF official said. 

Transport, packaging and electricity costs have also shot up by 20 per cent to 35 per cent, the KMF statement said. Lumpy skin disease and adverse weather conditions also added to farmers’ woes, it added, giving reasons for the hike that had been in the pipeline for nearly a year.

A source in the KMF said farmers had demanded a hike of Rs 5 per litre. “With mounting costs, farmers were demanding a Rs 5 hike. Many unions pay farmers Rs 2 to Rs 3 more from their reserve fund so that they don't drop out. The price rise was necessary to prevent losses to farmers and Rs 3 will be given entirely to farmers,” a senior KMF official said. 

By Monday evening, however, the hike was put on hold, ostensibly because the government was wary of public backlash with assembly elections just seven months away.

Speaking to reporters in Sedam, Kalaburagi district, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that a final decision on the milk price hike would be taken after November 20 by convening a meeting of the KMF chairman and senior officials. 

Following the chief minister's statement, an official confirmed that the KMF chairman had withdrawn the order. 

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November 20,2022

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Newsroom, Nov 20: Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Sunday condemned the minor explosion in a moving auto rickshaw in Mangaluru and urged Kartanaka Police to immediately arrest all those responsible. Calling the blast an "act of violence", the former chief minister said it exposed the failure of the intelligence department.

In a tweet, Siddaramaiah said, "DGP has confirmed that the blast in Mangaluru is an act of terror. I strongly condemn this act of violence and strongly urge the police to immediately arrest those responsible for the act."

"The blast has exposed the failure of the intelligence department and the home minister should accept responsibility," he further said, urging people not to panic and give leads to the police about all suspected persons.

A day after a moving autorickshaw exploded in Mangaluru, Karnataka Director General of Police Praveen Sood on Sunday said the 'mysterious blast' was an act of terror and a "deep probe" into the incident is underway.

Visuals of the blast showed the autorickshaw exploding after it came to a stop near a building where construction work was going on. The state police is probing the blast along with central agencies and an NIA team has been dispatched to the coastal district.

Additional Director General of Police Alok Kumar has ordered a high-level probe into the blast as the state police found a suspicious explosive material inside an exploded cooker that was carried by a passenger.

The auto driver and the passenger sustained burn injuries in the blast and both are currently under treatment.

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