Thursday, May 28, 2009

Andre Viozat murdered in Auroville

National Book on Aurobindo: NBW against author stayed
Thursday, May 28, 2009 The Hindu

Cuttack: A non-bailable warrant (NBW) issued against American writer Peter Heehs for his controversial book on Sri Aurobindo was stayed by the Orissa High Court on Wednesday.
Notice to petitioner
Taking cognisance of a criminal miscellaneous jurisdiction petition filed by Mr. Heehs, the court issued notice to the Orissa government and petitioner Ramesh Chandra Mallick of Barbil to file a counter affidavit to Mr. Heehs’ petition.
Indicating that the petition was likely to be disposed of at the admission stage, the vacation court of Justice R.N. Biswal adjourned the case to be heard next after four weeks.

French industrialist honcho hacked to death Times of India - New Delhi, India Frenchman's killing stuns Auroville 28 May 2009, 0457 hrs IST, TNN

PUDUCHERRY: A French industrialist, Andre Viozat, 66, who settled in Auroville nearly four decades ago, was hacked to death in his 13-acre farmhouse on Wednesday. The murder sent shock waves across the international township in suburban Puducherry where more than 1,300 foreign nationals from 35 countries have made their home. Andre’s body was found on the lane leading to his house inside the sprawling farm. Police sources said some unidentified persons managed to enter the farmhouse, ‘Turiya’, tied the French man’s hands and legs after sprinkling chilli powder in his eyes. He was then hacked to death with sharp weapons inflicting wounds on his neck and head. Andre married an Indian woman Chandrika Krishnan from Kerala. However, they were separated four years ago and Chandrika now lives with their daughter Savithri in Puducherry. The couple had sought a divorce and a case is pending in court.

The police said the culprits damaged the surveillance cameras inside the farmhouse and also attacked a pet dog of the Frenchman. "We have begun investigations from all possible angles," inspector A Sabibullah said. Inquiries with Andre's neighbours revealed that the Frenchman taught mathematics in France and Africa before reaching India inspired by the teachings of Sri Aurobindo in 1971. He built huts for residents of Auroville and a poultry farm. He set up a factory to manufacture electronic leather-measuring machines and sprayers to paint leather. The firm was initially established as a part of Sri Aurobindo Society but was separated later. He was also instrumental in establishing another unit to manufacture ozone generators. He taught mathematics at Lycee Francaise during his early days of stay here to fund his industrial units. "He was a perfectionist and a hardworking man. He was always engrossed in work," said a neighbour.

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