Arrested for impersonating govt official, Bengaluru man ends life

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February 27, 2021

Bengaluru, Feb 27: A 60-year-old man who was arrested in connection with a case of impersonating a government official allegedly died by suicide in Vidyaranyapura in Bengaluru on Friday, the police said. The case pertained to the impersonation of a government official employed at the Bengaluru Development Authority.

The accused was arrested on February 24; and was facing charges of duping several people by luring them to allot a site in Bengaluru. The court had granted police custody on February 25.

The deceased was identified as Siddalingaswamy, who was a resident of Hanumantha Nagar, according to the police. An investigating officer told IANS that the deceased had led a life of government official for the last several decades; his wife and daughter had believed his facade as well the police noted.

The police officials said, “He used to wait in BDA premises hunting for gullible investors. While posing to be a BDA official, he gathered information about the investors and collected money from them in lieu of allotment of a new site or exchanging site of BDA layouts.”

The police officer added his cover was blown when the Hanumantha Nagar police received a complaint against him about ten days ago.

The police said that he was taken to his flat to conduct a detailed search. At home, he died by suicide. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, the police added.

The police recovered fake letterheads, stamp papers, seals and other materials that are needed to allot BDA sites. Since then, a case has been registered and an investigation is underway.

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April 13,2021

Mangaluru, Apr 13: At least three fishermen were killed and nine others reported missing after a suspected foreign container ship rammed into their fishing boat 43 nautical miles off the Mangaluru coast on Monday.

The Coast Guard brought ashore two rescued fishermen to Mangaluru by Tuesday.

The boat IFB Rabah, owned by Mamantakath Jaffar, had sailed from Kerala’s Beypore on Sunday with 14 migrant fishermen on board. The boat overturned after being hit by the ship around midnight.

Kasaragod fisheries deputy director Satheesan P V said that the two rescued men don’t have any major injuries. They have been identified as Sunil Das of Bengal and Velmurugan of TN.

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April 14,2021

Bengaluru, Apr 14: The government of Karnataka is likely to introduce at more stringent regulations to mitigate rising covid-19 cases in the state after April 18, hinted Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa.

Speaking to reporters, the CM said the government will also consider extending night curfews to few more district centres if required. He said that the all-party meeting convened on April 18 will discuss all measures "except lockdown". 

In the wake of strict regulations imposed in Maharashtra, the Karnataka government will also discuss the measures initiated in the neighbouring states. "We will discuss with leaders from opposition parties and take steps considering their advice," Yediyurappa said. 

"There is no proposal for a weekend curfew. However, we will deliberate whether night curfew can be extended (to other parts of the state)," he said, adding that it could be extended to two or three district centres. Night curfew is currently in force at eight district centres of Karnataka, including Bengaluru Urban and Mysuru. 

Karnataka has reported over 25,000 Covid-19 cases in the last three days, as case numbers have surged in the second wave of the pandemic projected to peak in May. 

While Yediyurappa had spoken of imposing lockdown if required two days ago, he made a U-turn Tuesday, ruling out lockdown in the state.

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April 5,2021

Bengaluru, Apr 5: Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday alleged that the ideology of both BJP and RSS is 'poisonous' and the people “would die soon if they consumed it.”

Speaking after participating in the birth anniversary of Dalit leader and former Deputy Prime Minister late Jagjivan Ram at the Congress party officer here, he said “RSS and BJP are like poison. If you taste them, you will die” and appealed to the people not to support the BJP in the coming by-elections in Karnataka, and Assembly elections in other States.

Alleging that the BJP was neither respecting the Constitution nor democracy, he said the saffron party has been following divisive politics to secure power in one State after the other.

On Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh, Mr Kharge said that Mr Modi lied about his participation in the freedom struggle of that country. “Mr. Modi should have also said that he had participated in the freedom struggle of India,” he said sarcastically.

Mr Kharge said the Prime Minister and the BJP sidelined leaders such as LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi citing their age was more than 75 years. Now the same party has fielded 88-year-old E Sreedharan in the Assembly elections in Kerala. Why does the BJP follow different policies for different persons, he questioned.

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