PFI in a dilemma over Hunsur murder suspect

The socio-cultural organisation is trying to distance itself from the family of Safeer Ahmad, a former PFI member who is one of the suspects in the crime. Although PFI contacted Safeer’s parents after his arrest, the organisation ensured that the visits were discreet. For, it did not want to send any signal to the government, the police, and the people at large.

Leaders of PFI’s Mysore district unit met Safeer’s father Noor Ahmad and sought information on the suspect’s movements. Elyas Mohammad Thumbe, President of PFI’s Karnataka Chapter, says the organisation “is in a dilemma of sorts”.

“Our activists met Safeer’s parents just once. It’s difficult for them to visit them frequently as the police and the people will be quick to link us with the crime,” he said.

Asked about the reason for Safeer’s dissociation with PFI, Thumbe said he might have found the organisation’s work culture and discipline “too difficult” to follow.

For membership in PFI, a token fee of Rs 10 should be paid, before taking an oath – of following the organisation’s rules and regulations and abiding by its decrees. Later, one has to attend the monthly guidance programmes. A break of three months from the organisation results in the annulment of the membership.

Held for chain-snatching

HSR Layout police arrested Judishthir Nahak (27) from Burg village, Ganjam district in Orissa, who allegedly snatched a gold chain worth Rs 75,000, Friday morning.

Judishthir and Rahul Mallik snatched the chain from Parvathi, wife of Subramaniyan, a doctor, when the couple were returning from their morning walk on Siddapur Road and disappeared in the nearby eucalyptus grove. Advocates Suresh Reddy and Venkatesh alerted the police who arrested Judishthir in the grove while Rahul escaped, police said.

MUV turns turtle, 3 killed

Three men were killed and 18 sustained grievous injuries when a multiutililty vehicle (MUV) toppled after hitting a two-wheeler on Devanahalli-Vijayapura Main Road, on Friday. Manjunath of Chikkatat­amangala, Krishnappa of Doddatatamangala and Vijay, all 25, were travelling by the MUV, which was ferrying daily wage workers to Bichapura.

Police said the driver of the MUV lost control over the vehicle while trying to avoid hitting a bike. The three men on the motorcycle are battling for life in a hospital. The driver of the MUV is absconding.

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