9 cops injured as van set to join OPS' convoy overturns

9 cops injured as van set to join OPS’ convoy overturns

Nine policemen sustained injuries on Friday when the van in which they were travelling to join the convoy of Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam overturned near Orathanadu in Thanjavur district.

The armed reserve police personnel were proceeding in a van from Thanjavur to Aladikkimolai to join the deputy chief minister’s convoy when it overturned at Ammamuthukula near Orathanadu.

Meanwhile, four women died and a boy sustained serious injuries when a speeding car hit them as they were standing outside a cyclone Gaja relief camp.

The women along with a man were trying to cross the road when the incident took place. The man was injured and has been admitted to a hospital. The victims were from Thalainayar.

Police identified the deceased as N Amutha, S Sumathi, S Rajakumari, and R Saroja, all from Agaraneermulai village in Nagapattinam district that was badly hit by the cyclone. The injured is S Manikandan, 15, son of Saroja.

In the meantime, an inter-Ministerial team consisting of seven top officials appointed by the Centre has reached Chennai.
They will assess the damages to cyclone-hit areas for sanctioning of appropriate relief funds.

The seven officials include Union Home Affairs Ministry Joint Secretary Daniel Richard, Finance Ministry Department of Expenditure Consultant R B Kaul, Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare Director In-charge B K Srivastava, Ministry of Rural Development D S Manik Chandra Pandit, Minstry of Power R K Puram Chief Engineer Vandana Singhal, Ministry of Water Resources Chennai Director J Harsha and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Superintending Engineer R Ellavarason.

On the other hand, heavy rains lashed north central and delta regions of Tamil Nadu adding to the woes of the Gaja-affected people.