Baranagar jute mill reopens
Cop son held in arms case
Kasba killing prime accused arrested

Calcutta, July 14: 
The Baranagar jute mill reopened on Saturday after six months, following a tripartite meeting among labour minister Mohammad Amin, mill owners and trade union leaders on Friday.

At the meeting, it was agreed upon that no disciplinary action will be taken against any of the employees in connection with the violence on January 13. Chief executive officer of the jute mill Jagadamba Tewari and personnel manager Goutam Ghosh were burnt alive by a group of mill workers after one of them was shot by Tewari. The mill workers were holding a meeting on the factory premises demanding jobs for casual employees.

Amin said on Saturday that all the 3,900 mill employees will rejoin in phases. “The workers and the management will henceforth interact on a regular basis to prevent any untoward incident in the factory,” he said.

Chief executive officer of the mill, Pushpendu Chatterjee, said more than 60 employees reported for duty on Saturday. All the workers are expected to resume duties from Sunday, he added.

A tripartite meeting has been convened at Writers’ Buildings on Monday to discuss the closure of the Howrah jute mill where two senior officials were beaten up last week.

Prabartak jute mill in Kamarhati, which was shut for a couple of months, reopened on July 7. “Fourteen jute mills with nearly 55,000 employees are still closed. But we expect all of them to reopen by this month,” Amin said.

Road mishap: A 65-year-old unidentified man was run over at Shyambazar five-point crossing on Saturday morning. He was taken to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The killer bus on route 32A was impounded.


Calcutta, July 14: 
The son of a Delhi police officer was arrested at Chaibasa, in Jharkhand, on Saturday on charges of supplying arms to criminals.

Nagendra Prasad, son of a crime branch official of Delhi Police, was picked up along with three others and brought to the city on the charge of planning a series of robberies in the city last week. The police are probing whether the four were also involved in a gun-running racket.

On the night of July 7, five youth boarded a taxi on Judges Court Road and directed the driver to take them to Akra. The driver refused to do so and raised an alarm. At this, they slashed the driver’s neck with a razor and fled. An Alipore police team, which witnessed the incident, chased them. Gouri Prasad Parthi, 17, was arrested.

In subsequent raids, the police picked up another gang member Rakesh Shaw. A revolver was recovered from him. Shaw, who had passed out from a reputed college in Ranchi, revealed the names of the other gang members.

Based on the information provided by the youth, an Alipore police team reached Chaibasa a few days ago and arrested Praveen Kumar, Pavan Kumar, Navin Prasad and Nagendra Prasad, all in their early twenties.

During interrogation, they confessed to planning dacoities in Calcutta and Orissa. Prasad revealed that he would regularly supply arms to criminals in Bihar. “We are trying to find out his city contacts and names of the people from whom he used to procure arms,” said deputy commissioner, south, Ranjit Pachnanda.

Another team will leave for Bihar shortly to collect more information about the gang’s network in Bihar and Jharkhand.

Bayonets seized: Fifty-one bayonets were found inside a cupboard fished out from a pond in the Kharida Mandir Bazar area of Kharagpur on Friday evening. Local divers were deployed to recover the bayonets. Midnapore district authorities on Saturday have sought more divers from Coast Guard and Calcutta Port Trust authorities.


Calcutta, July 14: 
The prime accused in the Kaustav Ghosh murder in Kasba was arrested on Friday night at Duttapukur. Arun Hira, a member of the gang which raided the Ghosh residence last year, was picked up by the Barasat police during a raid on his residence on Friday midnight. The Kasba police had identified Hira as the leader of the gang.

Kaustav, an engineering student, was shot while trying to save his father from the burglars who broke into their house. The chief minister had ordered a CID probe into the killing following an uproar. Superintendent of police, North 24-Parganas, Kuldip Singh said Hira was wanted for many dacoities.

Suicides: A suicide on Metro tracks disrupted services for an hour on Saturday morning. Achin Banerjee, 40, a resident of Shyam Bose Road, jumped in front of a Dum Dum-bound train at Rabindra Sarobar station. He was depressive, police said. Huge debts led Nathuram Balmiki, a 39-year-old employee of the Life Insurance Corporation of India, to hang himself in Metropolitan Building on Saturday morning. The man was from Orissa.


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