Home-Stay owner murdered in Mekeri Village

Unidentified persons have murdered Shankar, a resident of Mysore who ran a homestay at Mekeri Village near Madikeri town yesterday night.

Four unidentified men who visited ‘Shiradi Sai home-stay’ at around 9.30 pm have been suspected of stabbing Shankar to death. It is said that, Shankar had just then arrived form Kushalnagar and the incident occurred near the main gate of the home-stay. The house was rented from M.C.Poonacha of Mekeri.

Shankar, also a small time actor, had acted in a Kannada movie & a TV serial. He was attending a choreography centre at Mysore where it is said that he had an affair with a girl. He was unmarried and was 27.

According to his close associates and the local people, Shankar behaved quite rudely with others and often landed in petty quarrels.

The homestay cook, Mahadevaswamy who was taken into custody for further questioning, lodged the report.

Mahadevaswamy stated that 4 men from Mandya had enquired him about celebrating a birthday party in the home-stay owned by Shankar. Upon knowing the owner had been to Kushalnagar the gang departed. The murder took place immediately when Shankar reached the home-stay from his short visit.

Mahesh, brother of the deseased, arrived to Madikeri and provided information that might be usefull to the investigating team. According to Police, S.P.Manjunath Annigeri, the matter had to be investigated in Mysore and Bangalore where the deceased had business and other contacts.

The case is under investigation.


Merchants-in-disguise abscond with the loot

In bizarre news, a newly opened business establishment in Virajpet was suddenly closed-down with its entire staff absconding.

 The business house, ‘Kamali Enterprises’, opened by five partners from Tamil Nadu, distributed pamphlets and gained confidence of general public to trade with them on various discounted items. Customers were offered ten percent discount against straight purchase and ‘fifty percent’ off if they could wait for ten days for the delivery of items after payment.

 Yesterday the customers had a shock of their life when they noticed the shop was closed, nobody was seen around and the phone calls were not returned.

 A criminal complaint has been lodged against the fugitives who are on the run with a loot of approximately Rs. twenty-five lakhs. Police have registered a case and the investigation is on.


Rain damages crops in Kodagu

Paddy crops in an estimated area of about 7,154.86 acres have been damaged due to the recent untimely rains in the three taluks of the district, resulting in huge losses. 

The loss has occurred in such a critical juncture that the farmers were preparing for the harvest.

Major loss has occurred in Virajpet taluk that stands first in paddy production in Kodagu. The Department of Agriculture has estimated that paddy grown in an area of 5,085.50 acres has been damaged in the taluk. The extent of loss in Madikeri taluk goes up to 1,531.80 acres in Madikeri and 537.50 acres in Somwarpet taluk.

The untimely rains have made the farmers’ life miserable. Since heavy rains lashed in the times of harvest, the entire yield got washed away in the storm water. Paddy started sprouting on the water-clogged fields.

In some places, the matured corns got spoiled in the rains before they were separated from the hay. The farmer was totally helpless when the fruits of his labour was being destroyed by the unwanted guest. Even after 15 days of new year, a cloudy atmosphere has continued in the district. Some places are getting rains even today which has worsened the condition of the farmers. They are struggling to dry the paddy on their courtyard.

Large land holders tried to protect their yield by purchasing plastic sheets, but the state of small farmers is really pathetic.

Farmers have incurred 10-50 per cent loss in their paddy yield. But only those farmers with over 50 per cent paddy loss are eligible for compensation from the government. The coffee growers themselves are awaiting compensation for the loss incurred three years back, and what would be the condition of the paddy growers?

This is the main question before everyone. The area of paddy production is decreasing day by day due to shortage of farm labourers. Many farmers are diverting themselves towards alternative crops such as ginger, areca and banana. Many paddy growers have decided to go for some other crops from the coming year.

The rains have destroyed even fodder. Livestock will certainly face shortage of fodder in the days to come. Farmers who were planning to sell hay to Kerala and earn some money, lost their dreams. Even the market of paddy has collapsed since majority of the yield has got moisture.

The price of rice has already crossed Rs 40 per kg in Kodagu. Traders are of the view that there is no surprise if it crosses Rs 50 per kg of rice since major crop losses have taken place in the northern Karnataka.


Foundation stone for new court building on Jan 16 at Ponnampete

The foundation stone for a new court building will be laid at Ponnampete in South Kodagu on January 16. 

Briefing media persons on Wednesday, Ponnampete Bar Association President A T Bhimaiah said that state Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs S Sureshkumar will lay the foundation stone. The building will come at the site near the Pravasi Mandira, he added.

Vidhan Sabha speaker K G Bopaiah will preside over the programme. High Court Judges V Gopala Gowda, N K Patil, A S Bopanna, L Narayanaswamy, S N Satyanarayana, District in-Charge Minister J Krishna Palemar, M P H Vishwanath, MLCs M C Nanaiah, T John, MLA M P Appachu Ranjan, Ponnampete Gram Panchayat President Daya Changappa, former MLAs A K Subbaiah and C S Arun Machaiah will be the guests. High Court Judge V Gopala Gowda will inaugurate the Civil Court (Junior Division) and JMFC at the court premises in the Food and Civil Supplies Department Building on the same day. Minister S Sureshkumar will preside, Bhimaiah informed.