A 21-year-old woman attempted to end her life by consuming pesticide after she learnt of her close friend’s suicide bid. However, the two women were rescued by their family members and admitted to hospitals, where they were undergoing treatment.
According to Latheri police, Lavanya (21) of Korapattu village married Mohan two years ago. She gave birth to a girl baby six months ago, but the baby died after some time. Meanwhile, Mohan went abroad for a job assignment.
Depressed over the death of her child, Lavanya decided to end her life and consumed pesticide. However, her family members, with the help of neighbours, rushed her to the Government Vellore Medical College Hospital.
On hearing her friend’s suicide attempt, Kavitha (name changed) of the same village, who was unmarried, also consumed poison. Kavitha’s family members immediately took her her to a private hospital near Vellore. “The two women were close childhood friends,” police said.
Police said the two women were said to be out of danger. The police registered a case against Lavanya for attempting suicide.
13 held for clash
Vellore taluk police on Saturday arrested 13 persons in connection with the murder of a 24-year-old youth, following a clash between two groups of a mosque, in Vepampattu village on Friday.
Police arrested N Ismail (30), S Sayeed Ismail (32), N Khadim Ammath (25) and
S Alla Basha (23) of R N Palayam, N Karimullah (29) of Sathuvachari, S Thasthakeer (63), his brother S Shikhandar (52), Wahid Basha (41), his two brothers, Wahid Ali (30) and Samjeeth (35), along with three others, on Saturday.
The arrested were booked under Section 147, 148, 506 (1)and 302 of IPC and remanded to the Central Prison in Salem, deputy superintendent of police of Vellore, S Dakshinamoorthy, said.
Thasthakeer, Wahid and their brothers, all residents of Vepampattu, had been demanding their community elders and the Muthavalli in the village to give them a post in the administration of the village mosque. However, the villagers wanted those already posted to continue as administrators of the mosque, the DSP said.
To settle the issue, Thasthakeer, Wahid and his brothers brought Ismail and his associates to the village for a meeting that was held on Friday. In the meeting, Thasthakeer and his supporters had a heated argument with the other sect of the community, which led to a clash, the DSP added.
Dakshinamoorthy further said, Ismail and his associates attacked Ilias (24) and few others with iron rods. In the incident, Ilias sustained head injuries and succumbed to injuries on the way to a private hospital in Vellore.
The arrested were produced before the Judicial Magistrate Court-I at Sathuvachari and remanded to the Central Prison at Salem under judicial custody, Dakshinamoorthy said.