Kerala CM seeks PM’s intervention over Mangaluru border restrictions

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February 23, 2021

Kerala Demands That Karnataka Opens Border at Kasargod-Mangaluru: It has  been more than 3 days since Karnataka government restricted passage of  goods & vehicles

Kasaragod, Feb 23: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday requested the urgent intervention of the Centre on the new COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the Karnataka government on the entry of people from the state.

In a letter sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said many people including students, trucks carrying essential commoditiesand patients going for medical treatment were put to "undue hardship" at the state borders due to this.

He also brought to the PM's notice that imposing restrictions of inter-state movement of people by states is contrary to the instructions of the government of India.

"I request your urgent intervention in this matter so that hardship of people from Kerala travelling to the neighbouring state of Karnataka can be avoided," Vijayan said.

With the Karnataka government reinstating stricter control of transit passengers from Kerala in view of increasing COVID-19 positive cases, people bound to Mangaluru and other parts of Dakshina Kannada from here for various purposes, including medical needs and studies, were in a fix.

Long queues of vehicles could be seen in the border areas since Monday as Karnataka authorities sealed many roads, including national highways and restricted entry only for those with COVID-19 negative certificates.

The Dakshina Kannada authorities sealed all borders from Monday, except four to cross over, sources said.

According to Karnataka officials at the borders,those who wished to enter the state have to produce COVID-19 negative certificates through an RT-PCR test taken 72 hours prior to their cross over time.

Health and police personnel are on duty at the four borders, viz. Talapady in Mangalore taluk, Saradka in Bantwal, Nettanige-Mudnuru in Puttur taluk and Jalsoor in Sullia, to verify and allow people's entry into Karnataka.

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April 4,2021

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Mangaluru, Apr 4: The police manage to solve the murder case of a 12-year-old boy at K C Road on the outskirts of the city within hours and arrested a teenager, who confessed to the crime, according to Mangaluru City Police Commissioner N Shashi Kumar.

Teenager Deepak, whose parents settled in Dakshina Kannada after migrating from Uttar Pradesh around there decades ago, is the lone accused in the murder case of Mohammed Aakif, whose dead body was found near Falah School at K C Nagar earlier today. 

The preliminary investigation in to the case revealed that it was not a planned murder, but an accidental one. According to police, the victim had met the accused a few months ago in a mobile shop and since then the formed used to defeat the latter in the PUBG. 

Deepak expressed the suspicion with Aakif that someone else was playing the game on his behalf and challenged him to play opposite the former when the two sat across and played the game.

Aakif accepted the challenge and began to play together on Saturday evening. When Aakif was defeated, Deepak reportedly picked up a quarrel with him suspecting that he had cheated previous times.

This led to a physical fight and in a fit of rage Deepak attacked Aakif with a huge stone killing him on the spot. Deepak then dragged the victim towards the nearby compound wall and the boy with the leaves of banana and coconut trees, before escaping.

Terming the incident as unfortunate, the top cop told reporters that preliminary investigation revealed that the boy was murdered in fight with the accused over online game - PUBG. “Today Aakif lost his life. Tomorrow it may happen with anyone. Online game addiction can lead to such tragedies. Hence parents should take care of their children,” he said. 

Also Read: Mangaluru: 12-year-old boy found murdered near KC Road

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April 1,2021

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Mangaluru, Apr 1: The government of Karnataka today transferred BM Laxmi Prasad, the superintendent of police of Dakshina Kannada. 

 

Mr Prasad will be taking over as the new SP of Shivamogga, the home district of incumbent chief minister.

Sonawane Rishikesh Bhagawan, who was serving as the SP of Yadgir district will be the new SP of Dakshina Kannada.

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March 31,2021

Mangaluru, Mar 31: A case of subjecting a two-month-old baby to RT-PCR test at Mangaluru International Airport against the rules has sparked social media outrage.

As the video clip of the incident went viral on social media, Health Department officials took to task the authorities of the private lab at the airport, which had collected the swab of the new born.

Covid-19 Nodal Officer Dr Ashok said on Wednesday that children below two years should not be made to undergo tests for Covid-19. 

“When I received information, I immediately contacted airport authorities and sought clarification. They have done it without the knowledge of regulations. I have instructed them not to make children below two years undergo any tests for Covid-19,” he added.

The baby had arrived at Mangalore International Airport from Abu Dhabi.

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