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Chennai: New College students hold placards during a protest for wearing ‘hijab’ at their college premises in Chennai on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday upheld the ban on the hijab and dismissed various petitions challenging the headscarf ban in state educational institutions, claiming that wearing the hijab is not a core religious practice of Islam. (Picture PTI)

Tamil Nadu’s Tenkasi Police used a drone to track down a history soap opera after it hid in a marshland on Tuesday, police said on Wednesday. Shahul Hameed (32), a columnist, has several murder, extortion and kidnapping cases pending against him. Beer Mohammed, a goat herder, had filed a complaint against Hameed after he allegedly assaulted and seriously injured him, police said. Hameed had managed to evade arrest for some time now.

An SP office official said, “Hameed had been hiding in the Pachanayakkan Pothai area, which is about 50 acres surrounded by thick bushes, trees and shrubs. As the marshland is surrounded by water, the police had difficulty in locating the accused. He also threatened people who approached the swampy terrain with a sickle in hand,” an official from the SP office said.

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Tamil Nadu Police said on Wednesday they killed in a encounter “Neeravi” Murugan, a history soap opera with about 60 cases (including one murder) recorded against him in Thoothukudi, Madurai and Erode among other districts. Speaking to reporters, Tirunelveli Police Superintendent P Saravanan said a policeman opened fire on Murugan in self-defense when he attacked them with sickles near Kalakadu in the district. They had gone looking for him in connection with a reported robbery in Dindigul, police added.

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