Euthanasia Plea: DC promises police protection

Teams to check dengue fever, illegal sand mining in the district; Steps to prevent misuse of PDS

Deputy commissioner  Ramegowda on Thursday assured police protection to the family of three women from Hunsur taluk in the district, who have sought permission for euthanasia, fearing life threat from their blood relatives over property dispute.

Replying to media queries after taking charge again as deputy commissioner of the district, Ramegowda said that he would summon both the parties and try to broker truce within the ambit of law. He said that since the issue was a civil dispute, he would direct the authorities concerned to look into it.

Taking cognisance of the outbreak of dengue fever in the district, the deputy commissioner said that he would form a task force at taluk, hobli and village levels to check the spread of the virus.

Action would be initiated to prevent stagnation of water; ensure supply of clean drinking water; and clearing garbage regularly.

Similarly, dedicated squads will be constituted to prevent re-sale of rice procured under public distribution system (PDS).

Complying with the directions of the government to strengthen teeth against illegal sand mining, the deputy commissioner also warned of stringent action if sand is lifted from the places other than extraction yards. Extraction of sand after dusk is not allowed, he reiterated.

On the controversy surrounding nearly 2,000 acres of land around Chamundi Hill, Ramegowda said that he would act according to the stand taken by the government.

Protection for harassed family

Protection has been provided to the family of six members, including three women, from Devarahalli in the taluk, who had sought permission for euthanasia, said Child Development Programme Officer (CDPO) Jayasheela in Hunsur on Thursday.

The family members had submitted a petition to the Deputy Commissioner in Mysore, fearing life-threat from their relatives over a property dispute. The DC had directed the CDPO to conduct an inquiry into the issue.

She said that an inquiry by Women and Child Development Department officer Venkatappa revealed that Mayamma’s brother-in-law’s (husband Kempegowda’s brother) children were harassing the family members. Mayamma, Jayamma, Savithramma, Sowmya, Ravikumar and Mallikarjun had sought permission for euthanasia. A complaint has been lodged at Bilikere police station against Rajegowda.

Meanwhile, an assault case filed against Mayamma at Bilikere police station on May 28 has come to light. It has been complained that she had assaulted a member of Rajegowda’s family.

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