Friday, April 28, 2017

Mystery behind murder of guard at Jayalalithaa's Kodanad estate

Om Bahadur and Krishna Bahadur from Nepal were working as security guards at the Kodanad estate that had been used by Jayalalithaa as a recreational center until her death.

Krishna Bahadur. Photo: Pramod Madhav
A major twist has been unraveled in the murder mystery of Om Bahadur, a security guard who was murdered on April 23. Police suspect Krishna Bahadur, the other security guard who was admitted to the hospital with injuries.

Om Bahadur and Krishna Bahadur from Nepal were working as security guards at the Kodanad estate that had been used by Jayalalithaa as a recreational center until her death.

On Monday morning, Om Bahadur was found dead near the premises of the estate and Krishna Bahadur severely injured.

When the police arrived at the estate, Krishna Bahadur told them that a group of 10 men arrived in a car and attacked them, killing Om Bahadur. The police also found evidence of a break-in, as a few windows were broken, and began investigating the case as theft related.

The police began searching for missing items and documents, but as their search expanded, they found a pair of partly burnt gloves, which upon further analysis revealed Krishna Bahadur's fingerprints.

Krishna Bahadur initially denied the fact that the gloves belonged to him but later accepted. After investigation, police claim that Krishna Bahadur, killed Om Bahadur wearing the gloves and tried to burn them later.

The police detained Krishna Bahadur in Kothagiri hospital where he is being treated for his wounds, and are currently questioning him.

Sharapova reaches quarterfinals after 2nd win since return

 The Associated Press Maria Sharapova reacts during her match against fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova, at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Thursday April 27, 2017. This is the first professional tennis tournament…

STUTTGART, Germany — Maria Sharapova won again to reach the Porsche Grand Prix quarterfinals while another major obstacle to a deep run departed on Thursday.

Two-time defending champion Angelique Kerber, who was against Sharapova receiving a wild-card entry, was upset by Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-2, 7-5.

Sharapova advanced earlier by beating fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 7-5, 6-1 in her second match after a 15-month doping ban.

Mladenovic won just one set in three previous matches against Kerber but dominated large parts of Thursday's match. It was the top-seeded German's first defeat in the event since 2014.

Sharapova hit nine aces and held serve throughout against Makarova. She converted three of her four break points.

"Being in the quarterfinals here again is quite special," said Sharapova, who won the indoor clay event three times from 2012-14.

Less than 24 hours after beating Roberta Vinci in straight sets in her highly anticipated first match, Sharapova said she "felt I settled down a little bit. I was able to focus on the game. I executed a great plan today and I thought I was solid."

The Russian, who tested positive for meldonium at last year's Australian Open, held off the only break point for Makarova at 5-5, and converted her second chance in the next game to close out the opening set.

Sharapova was in control of the second throughout and wrapped up the win with two straight aces to raise her total for the tournament to 20. She improved to 7-0 against Makarova.

The five-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1, who lost her ranking due to the suspension and entered the event on a wild card, will play 73rd-ranked Anett Kontaveit of Estonia for a place in the semifinals.

Mladenovic next takes on Carla Suarez-Navarro, who beat another Russian, Elena Vesnina, 6-2, 6-4.

Also, the second-seeded Karolina Pliskova beat CoCo Vandeweghe 7-6 (2), 6-4 and will play Laura Siegemund in the quarterfinals. The finalist from last year defeated 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-3.

Anastasija Sevastova beat sixth-seeded Johanna Konta 6-3, 7-5 to set up a quarterfinal against Simona Halep.

Why Kattappa killed Baahubali? Baahubali 2 mystery solved

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Baahubali 2 is going to solve a mystery which had the whole of India impatient and agog: Why Kattappa killed Baahubali? As Baahubali 2 gets its world premiere today, we can bet social media will buzzing with why Kattappa took the sword and plunged it in Baahubali's back. In case you want to wait till you watch the movie, this piece is not for you (Spoiler alert).

Two years and an impatient country is finally getting its answers: Baahubali was killed by Kattappa for a very important reason and it will blow your mind. According to a senior censor board member who watched the film, the reason will leave audience “stunned and disbelieving”. While the member refused to give away the reason, he has said in an interview to DNA, “The stunts, the spectacle,and the performances are superior to Fast & Furious 8. Audiences will come away very happy, but also very sad."
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Meanwhile, people on social media are not so reticent. A message which is going viral has this to say about the reason behind why Kattappa killed Baahubali, "Baahubali seen... leaked from Dubai premier... kattappa stabbed Baahubali to protect him from curse of goddess Maheshwari to turn into a stone statue in the battlefield... and he was alive... it's a suspense... good watch..." Indianexpress cannot independently confirm the veracity of this message.

Meanwhile, there are many fan theories which may have come very close to the truth. In fact, even SS Rajamouli accepted as much recently.
Here are some of the fan theories floating around...
Kattappa killed Baahubali because Bhallaladeva asked him to
Baahubali stood against his kingdom to marry Devasena, so he left Mahishmati and seeing this as a threat, the newly appointed King Bhallaladeva wanted him dead. Kattappa killed Baahubali because it was his duty to secure the king of Mahishmati and he is a slave of the throne as he said in Baahubali 1.

Was Devasena the reason?
The real reason is Bhallala's wife. She turned Mahishmati and Sivagami against Baahubali and Devasena who left the kingdom. Once Bhallala becomes king, he orders Kattappa, a loyal servant of throne, to kill Baahubali.

Did Sivagami play a role in Baahubali's death?
Kattappa (played by Sathyaraj) is loyal army chief of Mahishmati kingdom. Kattappa's ancestors have sworn to obey the orders of the Mahishmati king. Not just Kattappa, but everyone born in this kingdom be it his ancestors or the generations that would follow are meant to serve the Mahishmati royals. Once Baahubali becomes the emperor of the kingdom, he falls in love with certain Devasena (played by Anushka Shetty). The twist in the tale is that Bhallaladeva (played by Rana Daggubati) is also in love with Devasena. According to the instructions of Rajmata Shivagami (played by Ramya Krishnan), whoever marries Devasena will have to leave the empire and will be exiled. Baahubali agrees to this condition and decides to marry Devasena and leave Mahishmati kingdom.So Bhallaladeva becomes the king and orders Kattappa to kill Bahubali!

What role does 'Antaryudh' play
Sivagami confesses her sins in the first part. Was the sin Baahubali's killing? In Baahubali 2's trailer, a shocked Sivagami says ‘Antaryudh' or civil war. Did she get Baahubali killed to avoid this ‘Antaryudh' and later realised that she was wrong?

Baahubali died so that Shiva can live
Kattappa killed Bahubali because Bhalladeva gave Kattapa two choices -- either save Shiva and Devasena or save Baahubali. So Kattapa decided to save Baahubali's son as the future of Mahishmati.

Baahubali is still alive
Baahubali is still alive and will be revealed in Baahubali 2. Many believe that Baahubali was kidnapped by Bhallaladeva or is in hiding somewhere and will reveal himself at an opportune time.

Did Baahubali ask Kattappa to kill him?
“Amrendra Baahubali yaani mai Mahishmati Ke Asankhya Prajaa Aur Unke Dhan Maan Aur Praan Ki Raksha Karunga Aur Iske liye Apne Praano Ki Aahuti Bhi Deni Pade Toh Mai Piche Nahi Hatunga,” is Baahubali's oath. Did he ask Kattappa to kill him for Mahishmati's sake or to avoid an internal war?

But as proof of plain common sense, this theory takes our breath away...
If Kattappa hadn't killed Baahubali, how would have Rajamouli made Baahubali 2?

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