Tumkur: Heavy fluctuation in the health condition of the Dr Shivakumar Swamiji of Siddhaganga Mutt has been reported since this morning.

The Swamiji, who was able to breathe normally, has complained of respiratory problem today. The treatment is underway under the leadership of Dr Paramesh of the Siddaganga Hospital. It has been said that a team of doctors from Chennai's Rela hospital is likely to visit Siddaganga Hospital. Swamiji was recently treated by Dr Mohamed Rela of the Rale Hospital.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Kumaraswamy has called off his Hirekerur tour following this development. He is keeping himself updated with the health condition of the Seer.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Kumaraswamy has called off his Hirekerur tour following this development. He is keeping himself updated with the health condition of the Seer. Similary, BJP state President Yeddyurappa has also cancelled his visits to drought-hit places and proceeded towards the Siddhaganga Mutt.

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Dehradun: A helicopter engaged in relief and rescue operations in rain-ravaged Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand crashed on Wednesday, an official said.

Three persons were on board the helicopter and their fate was not immediately known.

The helicopter crashed near Moldi while returning after distributing relief material among the affected people, Uttarkashi Disaster Management officer Devendra Patwal told PTI over phone. 

"According to preliminary information the crash did not occur at a high altitude and those on board should be safe," he said, adding details are awaited. 

Only members of the crew were on board the aircraft when it crashed, he said. Torrential rains in Mori area of the district on Sunday left 16 persons dead and around half a dozen missing.