Kerala News

IM operatives flown to Kerala

Kochi: Indian Mujahideen operatives Tehsin Akhtar and Zia Ur Rehman were flown to Kerala by Delhi police this morning and taken to Munnar in Idukki district as part of investigations to collect evidence.

The two IM operatives, who were brought here by a special chartered flight from Mangalore, were taken to various places in Munnar, including the hotel where Zia Ur Rehman alias Waqas had stayed, police sources said.

The accused had stayed in Munnar between August last and January this year.

Voting for CPI-M means helping BJP: Rahul Gandhi

Kasargode: Voting for the CPI-M means "helping the BJP", said Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who Saturday began a day-long whirlwind trip of Kerala.

Gandhi criticised the CPI-M, the main opposition in Kerala.

"The CPI-M has no role in national politics, so a vote here for the CPI-M means it would be helping the BJP," said Gandhi.

Gandhi arrived here from Mangalore in a helicopter.

Despite the heat, over 10,000 people waited for him for a few hours.

2.5 million more voters in Kerala this general election

Thiruvananthapuram: On April 10, nearly 2.5 million more voters in Kerala will cast their ballot in the Lok Sabha elections, as compared to the 2009 poll, a top poll official said Friday.

Speaking to reporters here Friday, chief electoral officer Nalini Netto said that while the total size of the electorate during the 2009 general elections in the state was 2,17,99,979, for the 2014 poll, it has risen to 2,42,51,942.

RMP seeks probe into A.N Shamseer's role in T.P murder

Kozhikode: Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) on Saturday sought a probe into the role of CPI-M candidate A.N Shamseer in the T.P murder case.

“Kirmaani Manoj, prime accused in the case, had talked over the phone with A.N Shamseer prior to the murder of T.P Chandrasekharan. A probe should be conducted into the matter,” RMP general secretary N. Venu told reporters here.

“Shamseer had contacted Kirmaani Manoj twice. The phone records, which were submitted by the investigating team in the court, had the evidences of it,” he said.

Gold rods seized from three passengers

Kochi: Customs officials seized gold in the form of rods weighing 1.922 kg and valued at Rs 55.85 lakh from three air passengers, who arrived here from Dubai early Friday.

The passengers -- Yasar Arafath, Abdul Gafoor and Ahamad Shabil, hailing from Kasaragod district, had concealed the rods inside the aluminium beadings of their trolley bags.

The quantity of gold seized from Arafath was 641 gms, while 641 gms was seized from Gafoor, and 640 gms from Shabil.

VS approaches HC for CBI probe in solar case

Kochi: Opposition Leader V.S. Achuthanandan has moved the High Court seeking a central agency probe into the solar scandal case.

In a plea filed at the court on Friday, the CPI-M leader demands a CBI probe into the multi-crore fraud as the special investigation team which went into the case failed to probe effectively the allegations against the chief minister’s and  ministers’ offices, their telephone calls and that of their staff.

Cannot be said she is a 'deviant' girl, says HC of Suryanelli survivor

Kochi: Handing down life imprisonment to prime accused Dharmarajan, while upholding the sentence of 23 other accused nearly 18 years after the horrific Suryanelli gangrape case, the High Court Friday observed that it cannot be said that the victim was a 'deviant' girl."

The victim, who was a minor at the time, was taken to various places in Kerala and Tamil Nadu by the accused, travelling about 3000 km during a 40-day ordeal when she was raped by over 40 persons, before being released on February 26, 1996.

Poll fever catches up; Stiff contest on cards in Kozhikode

Kozhikode: With hardly a week to go for polling, the Kozhikode Lok Sabha constituency is witnessing a high voltage campaign by the key contestants- sitting MP M K Raghavan (Cong) of the UDF and CPI-M's A Vijayaraghavan of the Left Democratic Front, making it one of the prestigious contests in North Kerala.

BJP is also in the fray fielding one of its senior leaders and former State President C K Padmanabhan.

Socialist stalwart Veerendrakumar battling hard to wrest CPI-M bastion

Palakkad: The heat of the electoral battle in Palakkad is as intense as the high summer scorching the vast rural constituency where Socialist Janata Democratic leader and former Union Minister M P Veerendrakumar from the Congress-led UDF is locked in a fierce combat with sitting CPI(M) MP M B Rajesh.

A Left bastion which has sent to Parliament Marxist veterans like A K Gopalan and E K Nayanar, Palakkad had also favoured the Congress occasionally.

Suriyanelli case: Prime accused Dharmarajan sentenced to life

Kochi: Upholding a lower court order, the High Court Friday sentenced prime accused Dharmarajan to life imprisonment, while acquitting seven others in the sensational Suriyanelli rape case.

Of the 35 accused in the case, five had died during the pendency of trial.