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Apartment burgled, gas store raided

lA series of robberies took place in the city on Monday. Police sources said miscreants looted Rs 2 lakh and jewellery in three separate incidents across the city. Criminals scaled the wall and broke a toilet window to enter the second-floor apartment of Deepak Goenka on P-20, CIT Road. The flat was locked, as the Goenkas had gone to Rajasthan a fortnight earlier. Their relatives stay in two adjoining apartments in the same building. The keys of the apartment are with the relatives, who open the flat in the morning to offer prayers to the household deities. On Sunday morning, when they opened the apartment, they found the room ransacked and the almirahs broken. Cash and ornaments were missing. In another incident, miscreants raided RS Enterprise, a cooking gas distributor on Raja Basanta Roy Road, and escaped with Rs 4,000. Witnesses said three men arrived with a revolver in the afternoon and forced the employees to open the cash box. In the third incident, miscreants took away ornaments and cash from a place of worship at 135, SP Mukherjee Road. No arrests have been made.

Minister rings Puja fire alarm

Fire minister Pratim Chatterjee has put a ban on inflammable articles for construction of pandals. “We will not issue no-objection certificates (NOC) to organisers not complying with the rules. Materials like sugarcane pulp cannot be used,” he said on Monday. A six-point fire-safety norm has been drawn up. Organisers who flout the norms will have to face cases that could lead to a Rs 50,000 fine, plus a Rs 3,000 penalty for every day that the pandal remains in place. “In addition, the organisers could face a one-month jail term,” he said. Bosepukur Sitala Mandir Puja organisers have announced that they will use sugarcane pulp to construct this year’s pandal. The department will start issuing application forms for NOCs next week.

Hoarding rates

Mayor Subrata Mukherjee has deferred enforcement of the enhanced charges of billboards till the Pujas. The civic authorities had increased the charges on billboards by 25 per cent. According to Mukherjee, the deferment will cause the CMC a loss of Rs 35 lakh.

Suicide

F.M. Khan, 65, jumped from the second floor of Nizam’s Palace on Monday. The police said he was a retired employee of Jute Corporation of India and was suffering from depression.

Shot dead

Shyamal De, a middle-aged man, was shot dead by his associate Debashis Mitra at Monoharpukur Road on Monday. The police said De was brushing his teeth when Mitra arrived with another man and fired at him. Police said Mitra and De belonged to rival gangs.

Metro services hit

Metro Railway services had to be rescheduled on Monday night due to faulty power supply to the third rail. The trouble started at Jatin Das Park when a Dum Dum-bound train from Tollygunge reached the station. Power tripped for the second time at Dum Dum station when the train was making a return journey.

Run over

An unidentified puller of a cycle-rickshaw was knocked down and run over by an Ambassador at the EM Bypass-Narkeldanga Road crossing on Monday evening. In another incident, a 23-year-old youth died when a private bus knocked him down on M.G. Road on Monday morning.

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