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Debts drive youth to shoot himself

lThe 26-year-old son of a Citu leader shot himself at his Behala residence late on Tuesday. Arghya Ganguly died on the spot, as the bullet had pierced his skull. After preliminary investigations, police said the youth had borrowed cash from local money-lenders and banks. A huge amount was also pending against his two credit cards. On Tuesday night, Arghya had dinner after returning home and locked himself in his room. Some time later, he shot himself with a country-made revolver. However, no suicide note was found in the room. Police have started a suicide case and are questioning Arghya’s acquaintances.

Run over by private bus

Ratan Dhar, 73, was killed after a private bus on route 91/C knocked him down on Prankrishna Mukherjee Road, in the Chitpur police station area, on Wednesday afternoon. Police said the accident occurred while Dhar was crossing the road. As news of the mishap spread, residents of the area rushed to the spot and blocked the road, crippling traffic for over an hour. The driver of the bus fled, leaving behind the vehicle.

Struck by lightning

Lotan Yadav, a 45-year-old labourer, died after he was struck by lightning on Wednesday afternoon in Beleghata. Police said the mishap occurred while Yadav was working at a three-storeyed house on Kalimuddin Sarkar Lane, along with other labourers. They had been engaged to clean the building’s water reservoir. Yadav was rushed to NRS Medical College and Hospital, where doctors declared him “brought dead”.

Fatal depression

Subhash Basak, 54, committed suicide by hanging himself at his Dum Dum Road residence, in the Cossipore police station area, on Wednesday morning. Sources said Basak’s family found his body hanging from the ceiling around 7 am. Police said Basak had been suffering from acute depression.

Death by drowning

An 18-year-old youth, identified as Manish Alam, drowned while trying to retrieve a football from a pond in Jagatdal, in North 24-Parganas, on Tuesday. Police said local youths raised an alarm when Alam did not surface even after five minutes. His body was fished out from the pond later in the day.

Wall collapse

Ripon Chakraborty, 40, died after a portion of a building under construction on Prince Anwar Shah Road collapsed on Wednesday. Chakraborty was taken to MR Bangur Hospital, where he died. Last year, three persons were killed in a cave-in at the same place.

Airport tension

Tension prevailed at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Dum Dum on Wednesday afternoon, after four packets containing pipes were detected. Security forces and bomb experts rushed to the spot and seized the packets.

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