Police nab live-in partner who stabbed woman dentist to death in Kerala’s Thrissur- The New Indian Express

By Express News Service

THRISSUR: Police on Tuesday arrested a man who stabbed a dentist to death at a private dental clinic at Kuttanelloor in Thrissur.

The 39-year-old Mahesh, who was the live-in partner of the dentist Sona Jose, 30, was nabbed from Poonkunnam in Thrissur by the special team probing the case. Sona, hailing from Muvattupuzha, was stabbed by Mahesh on the night of September 28 at her clinic. She succumbed to the injuries on Sunday, six days after the attack while Mahesh had been on the run since the incident.

The special team led by Inspector Benny Jacob of Ollur Police Station which is probing the case arrested the accused after getting information about his hideout in Poonkunnam.

“We arrested him from a hideout in Poonkunnam at around 9 am on Tuesday. He has been roaming around evading us in the past few days. We tracked him down right after receiving information about his location. We have also recovered the knife used for the attack and will soon produce him before the court,” said Benny Jacob, CI, Ollur Police Station.

Sona and Mahesh had been living together for the last two years at Kuriachira in Thrissur after the dentist separated from her husband. Mahesh, who is an interior designer by profession, had helped her in setting up the clinic. Sona’s relatives alleged that the duo had many disputes over their business transactions and that Mahesh has forcibly taken a huge amount of money from Sona.  

“We approached Thrissur City Police to file a complaint against Mahesh on September 25 after he swindled all the revenue from the clinic. He has been blackmailing Sona all these years and grabbed Rs 20 lakh from her in the last year alone. Apart from this, another Rs 13 lakh has also taken away from her. When Ollur CI asked him to appear on September 29, he didn’t turn up at the police station. Instead, he arrived at the clinic and took revenge for approaching police over the issue,” said a relative.

After stabbing her on the thigh and abdomen, Mahesh fled the spot in his car which was later found abandoned at one of his worksites in Thrissur. Though the dentist’s relatives rushed her to a hospital, she could not be saved. Sona is survived by a six-year-old daughter. The cremation was held on Monday morning. 

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Dentist held for sending morphed photos of housewife to her husband in bid to get them divorced- The New Indian Express

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Three persons including a dentist with the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital and a television actor were arrested by the Fort police for allegedly sending photoshopped nude pictures of a housewife in Varkala to her husband and his relatives.

The arrested men were identified as Dr Subu, serial actor Jaseer Khan and Sreejith who was involved in giving fake SIM cards to Subu and Jaseer. According to the police, Subu is the kingpin as the complainant was his cousin. Jaseer had morphed her image. Sreejith had handed over the SIM cards to the duo for sending fake obscene pictures to the complainant’s relatives.

According to the police, the woman and her husband were living separately for the past three months and their married life was on the verge of collapse. The woman used to tell her worries to Subu. However, Subu had malicious intentions on her and hence wanted the woman and her husband to get divorced. Therefore, he sought the help of Jaseer and Sreejith to make morphed nude pictures of the woman, police said.

“When they got fake SIM cards from Sreejith, they started sending these pictures to her husband and relatives via Whatsapp so that Subu thought that her husband would divorce her legally and he could enter her life. Incidentally, she approached the police with a complaint along with Subu. She was unaware about his intentions. On the basis of her complaint, we have investigated and got digital evidence that Subu, Jaseer and Sreejith were guilty,” said J Rakesh, Fort CI.

The police have charged them under Section, 67, 67 A of IT act, Section 409 (criminal breach of trust) and Section 416 (punishment for cheating by impersonating) of the Indian Penal Code. The arrest was recorded by the team led by Fort Assistant Commissioner of Police R Prathapan Nair. The accused landed in the police net after the SIM card numbers were traced. Though the SIM was originally owned by a person from Vattappara, police got evidence that Sreejith had managed to get a duplicate of the SIM card.

The arrested were later remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.

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Coronavirus infection rate rising but scope for more, Indian survey shows

BENGALURU (Reuters) – Coronavirus infection rates among adults in India have risen sharply, a survey showed on Tuesday, although a large percentage of the population has not yet been exposed, suggesting there is scope for cases to rise much further.

In the serological survey conducted in August and September, blood samples were tested for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. If a person tests positive for the antibodies, it means they were infected with the virus at some point.

Blood samples collected from more than 29,000 adults between Aug. 17 and Sept. 22 showed that the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies increased to 7.1% compared to 0.73% in a previous survey between May 11 and June 4, the director general of the Indian Council of Medical Research, Balram Bhargava, told a press briefing.

“However, a large percentage of the population is still unexposed and the susceptibility of a considerable section of people getting infected exists,” he added.

The second survey was conducted in the same 700 villages and wards from 70 districts in 21 states as the first. Results from the second survey also showed urban slum and non-slum areas had a higher infection prevalence than rural areas.

“The new (survey) shows lockdown and containment measures as well as behaviour change at population level checked spread of SARS-CoV-2,” Bhargava said.

India on Tuesday reported 70,589 new infections in the last 24 hours, taking its total to 6.15 million cases. The country leads the world in the daily average number of new infections reported.

The vice-president of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, said in a tweet late on Tuesday that he had tested positive and has been advised to home quarantine as he remains asymptomatic.

In the past, several other federal ministers have also tested positive.

(Reporting by Anuron Kumar Mitra in Bengaluru; additional reporting by Nupur Anand; editing by Barbara Lewis and Giles Elgood)

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Coronavirus Infection Rate Rising but Scope for More, Indian Survey Shows | World News

BENGALURU (Reuters) – Coronavirus infection rates among adults in India have risen sharply, a survey showed on Tuesday, although a large percentage of the population has not yet been exposed, suggesting there is scope for cases to rise much further.

In the serological survey conducted in August and September, blood samples were tested for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. If a person tests positive for the antibodies, it means they were infected with the virus at some point.

Blood samples collected from more than 29,000 adults between Aug. 17 and Sept. 22 showed that the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies increased to 7.1% compared to 0.73% in a previous survey between May 11 and June 4, the director general of the Indian Council of Medical Research, Balram Bhargava, told a press briefing.

“However, a large percentage of the population is still unexposed, and the susceptibility of a considerable section of people getting infected exists,” he added.

The second survey was conducted in the same 700 villages and wards from 70 districts in 21 states as the first survey. Results from the second survey also showed urban slum and non-slum areas had a higher infection prevalence than rural areas.

“The new (survey) shows lockdown and containment measures as well as behaviour change at population level checked spread of SARS-CoV-2,” Bhargava said.

India on Tuesday reported 70,589 new infections in the last 24 hours, taking its total to 6.15 million cases. The country leads the world in the daily average number of new infections reported.

(Reporting by Anuron Kumar Mitra in Bengaluru; editing by Barbara Lewis and Giles Elgood)

Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.

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