Growers plan Kodagu bundh on Nov 16

CoorgKodagu Growers Federation has warned for calling Kodagu bundh on November 16 if the government fails to announce special package to Coffee by November 15. 


Addressing reporters, Federation office-bearers Naresh said Centre has been delaying the announcement of the package for the last one year. Banks will initiate tough action if the loan is not waived off/paid by December. This will have an impact on the growers.

District administration and elected representatives should pressurise the Centre to announce the package by November 15, he added. Whole economy of Kodagu is dependent on coffee. All the business establishments and vehicle owners should voluntarily take part in the bundh, he appealed.

Coffee Board former vice-president Dr Sannuvanda Kaveriappa said coffee growers are yet to revive from the steep fall in the price in 2002. The value of interest has gone up when compared to the loan in banks.
After the farmers committed suicide, under Vidarbha package, Rs 2,650 crore special grants were released to the six districts. Of which Rs 400 crore was distributed to each district. However, the funds were not utilised properly. He said in 2008, a sum of Rs 1,236.53 crore was sent to the Centre for loan waiver.

Federation President Kattimandaiah urged the district administration to release the available Rs 13 crore after seeking approval from government.

[Source: Deccan Herald]

Mohan confesses killing 4 women in Kodagu

mohan kumar - Serial Killer

Serial Killer

Puttur police brought serial killer Mohan Kumar to Kodagu on Sunday for further investigations since he confessed killing of four women from the district. 


 Police led by ASP Chandra Gupta brought the accused to Madikeri first and then took him to Kushalnagar. Mohan has reportedly admitted during the questioning that he had murdered four women from Kodagu.

He had taken one Baby Nayak of Bantwal to a lodge near KSRTC bus stand in Madikeri on January 3, 2008 and poisoned her with cyanide after having physical relationship. Though public took her to the hospital, she died on the way.

He has also admitted killing a certain Sharada of Puttur on January 23, 2009 and Vinutha on September 17 near the KSRTC bus stand. However, police said he failed to recognise the lodge he stayed with the women.

Later, Mohan was taken to Kushalnagar too. He reportedly admitted killing one Vijayalakshmi of Kumble in Kasargod district at Kushalnagar KSRTC bus stand on May 22 this year.

Besides, he had also killed one Cauvery from Peraje village at a bus stand coming under Lashkare police station limits in Mysore.

[Source: Deccan Herald]