Crime file: New mom sets herself ablaze, dies, 9-month-old sexually assaulted and more

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New mom sets herself ablaze, dies
Hyderabad: A 23-year-old mother of a five-month-old baby committed suicide by setting herself on fire at her house in Nerrapally, Ibrahimpatnam, on Friday morning. Sources said that she had been unwell for some days and was under treatment.
Nimmala Lakshmi had married  Balashiva, a lift mechanic, about three years ago and they recently had a baby girl.
Family sources said that Lakshmi had been suffering from chronic stomach aches for the past few months and had been under medication for the same. On Thursday, she complained of severe pain in her stomach and was taken to the doctor. However, on Friday morning the pain returned.
Sources said that she took the extreme step after her husband left for work and her mother-in-law took her daughter and went out to fetch something.
D. Srinivas Rao, sub-inspector of police, Ibrahimpatnam, said that after everyone left, Lakshmi took a container of kerosene inside the bathroom, poured the liquid over herself and set herself on fire.
Locals, who noticed flames and thick smoke coming from the ventilator, barged in but Lakshmi had died by then.
“By the time we reached the spot, we found her charred body in the bathroom. We conducted a medical examination at the spot itself,” the SI added.
A case under Section 174 of CrPC has been registered and further investigations are on, said the police.
Afterbirth depression is common
Hyderabad: The suicide of a 23-year-old woman in Ibrahimpatnam could be due to postpartum depression, a phase some women go through after delivery. The postnatal stage after delivery can be stressful as neuro-chemical changes take place in the body.
Postpartum depression occurs in three phases. The first phase is called postpartum blues as there is a tendency to cry a lot, often for trivial reasons. The second phase is more severe. The woman is continuously depressed and can harm herself.
A psychiatrist who can treat the condition with medication, clinical evaluation and counselling is required. If the condition is not recognised and treated it can lead to chronic depression where the child too can be harmed.
Dr Minhaj Nasirabadi, a psychiatrist at Apollo Hospitals says, “PPD is a common disease in post-natal women but it has to be diagnosed properly. The reason is chemical changes in the body. It is not hereditary or genetically connected. It is the built up stress in the body during the process of delivery.”
 
Next: 9-month-old sexually assaulted

9-month-old sexually assaulted
Thiruvananthapuram: A nine-month-old girl, who was allegedly sexually harassed, is undergoing treatment at  the SAT Hospital here. The Venjaramoodu police have registered a case in this regard and started investigation.
According to sources, the baby was brought to the hospital by her mother on August 24 evening with bleeding from her private parts. On examination, the doctors spotted a four-centimetre-long injury on her private parts. This led to the suspicion of a sexual assault.
Subsequently, the hospital authorities reported the matter to the police. Police sources said that though they had launched a probe, the girl’s parents were not cooperating with the investigation as they did not subscribe to the suspicion of  a sexual assault on her.
Next: Boy ends life over Telanagana delay

Boy ends life over Telanagana delay
Hyderabad: Adding to the long list of suicides for a separate state, an 18-year-old student committed suicide, frustrated at the delay in the formation of Telangana.
Krishna Kanth ended his life at his house in Rasoolpura by hanging himself on Thursday. He was found on Friday morning. The cops found a suicide note that said: “The Centre is delaying Telangana formation. This makes me unhappy.”
Next: RTC man ends life for united AP

RTC man ends life for united AP
Proddutur: M. Muneiah, 48, an employee of APSRTC’s Proddutur depot committed suicide by jumping from a water tank on the depot premises shouting Samaikyandhra slogans at Proddutur in Kadapa district on Friday evening.
Sources said, Muneiah, who was a permanent employee, was working as a helper since 1988 in the corporation, played an active part in the agitation held on the RTC depot premises ever since the RTC employees went on strike.
On Friday, he participated in a demonstration on the RTC depot premises in Proddutur.
Tying the Samaikyandhra flag on his head, Muneaih climbed the big water tank located near the shed in the depot and shouted Samaikyandhra slogans.
By the time, the other protesters were alerted and tried to prevent him from taking the extreme step, Muneiah jumped from the water tank and suffered serious multiple injuries on the head and other parts.
Shocked with the incident, his colleagues and protesters immediately shifted him to the district area hospital at Produtur, but doctors declared he was brought dead.
The death of the RTC employee intensified the agitation in the town. Muneiah, was a resident of Modempalli street in Proddutur in Kadapa district. He is survived by his wife M. Lakshmamma, two sons and two daughters. Tension gripped the hospital and the RTC depot after the suicide. The activists took out a  rally with the mortal remains of the employee.
Two town SI Ibrahim registered a case.
Next: Nabbed lover confuses cops

Nabbed lover confuses cops
Coimbatore: The police are confused in the case where a nursing student hailing from Kanyakumari has gone missing. Though the police have nabbed her lover, the alleged accused, his contradictory statements on his confessions of murder is confusing them.
Stalin Jana, 20, a student of a nursing college in Kanyakumari, has been missing since July 1. A habeas corpus petition was filed by her mother Perinbaselvi in the Madurai high court. The police were supposed to hand her over on August 21, but failed and sought some more time from the court.
Following this, the search was intensified and the police managed to nab her lover who claimed that he had brought her to Coimbatore and was living here with her. Accord­ing to his confession, she resisted a physical relationship with him and so he killed her and disposed of her body in a septic tank. But the police search did not lead to the body.
The accused then informed the police that he had killed her and buried her in a farm in Thandayarpalayam in Coimbatore. There again, police found no evidence of murder and were unable to recover her body. His contradictory statements have been confusing the police.
To confound their problems, he spun another story that he had taken her to Chennai and killed her there. Caught in a web of lies, the police have taken him to Kanyakumari for further interrogation.
Next: Absconding jeweller surrenders

 
Absconding jeweller surrenders
Coimbatore: After one of the much hunted jeweller brothers N. Balaji surrendered before the court in Chennai after being on the run for over three months, the police are on the lookout for the other sibling, N. Ashok Kumar, for duo went missing with gold jewels worth Rs 130 crore.
According to the police, their shops, located on Cross Cut road and Big Bazaar street, were found closed following which complaints started pouring in from the traders who had handed over gold to their shops.
The accused have also been running chit schemes where thousands are said to have invested.
They had also availed of loans from nationalised banks. Just before they disappeared, they had also reportedly taken 45 carat diamonds
The brothers went missing along with their family and a special team constituted by police commissioner A.K. Vishwanathan launched a manhunt in Goa, Bengaluru and Kerala. The team closely watched the relatives of the siblings and also tracked phone calls to fix their whereabouts.
On Friday, Balaji surrendered before the court in Chennai and was remanded in judicial custody for 15 days. Investigations are on to ascertain the whereabouts of Ashok Kumar who is still at large.
Next: Tiruchy man held for Rajasthan bank robbery in Chennai

Tiruchy man held for Rajasthan bank robbery in Chennai
Chennai: A 27-year-old youth from notorious Ram Nagar in Tiruchy was arrested by the Chennai police for allegedly stealing Rs 21 lakh, belonging to a bank in Jodhpur in Rajasthan, last month. The arrested was identified as S. Lakshmanan, who was found staying in a lodge in Kennet Lane in Egmore.
“During the lodge check, we found Lakshmanan carrying a large number of foreign currencies. When questioned, he failed to give credible answers. He was taken to the station and grilled by the police further when he confessed to have committed attention diversion tactics in Jodhpur,” the police said.
The employees of State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur were taking cash from the branch in a car when Lakshmanan had allegedly diverted their attention by telling them that they had a flat, and flicked the cash bag.
Lakshmanan will be handed over to the Rajasthan police soon, the police said.

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