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Two men killed in road mishaps

lTwo men were killed in separate incidents on Friday. A 30-year-old man was run over by a private bus on Sahitya Parishad Street in north Calcutta on Friday afternoon. Police said the man was trying to board the bus when he slipped and fell. He was taken to a local hospital where he was declared dead. Another unidentified man was knocked down by a speeding private bus on Jawaharlal Nehru Road on Friday evening. The man was run over while he was trying to cross the road. He was taken to SSKM Hospital where he succumbed to injuries.

Eviction drive put on hold

The state government has deferred its eviction drive on the embankment of Beleghata circular canal in view of the forthcoming Kali puja. According to municipal affairs minister Asok Bhattacharya, the drive against the encroachers will be carried out after the festival.

Dowry torture

A man was arrested for assaulting his wife at their Netaji Nagar residence, in Belur, on Friday. The accused, Narayan Sarkar, 35, was caught by neighbours while beating up his wife. According to locals, Sarkar had married Papia five years ago and since then he had been torturing her for dowry. Sarkar was booked under IPC Section 498 A (mental torture).

Decibel dispute

Trouble broke out at the Shyambazar five-point crossing after a group of men argued with policemen over the use of loudspeakers for a pedestrian traffic guidance programme. The protesters alleged that the police, who were supposed to clamp down on the use of loudspeakers, were violating norms governing noise pollution. Senior police officials intervened to bring the situation under control.

Bodies found

The body of a girl was recovered from a deserted zone in the Kanaipur area, under the Uttarpara police station, in Hooghly district, late on Thursday. Police said Shampa Nad, 9, a resident of Dankuni, was missing since last Saturday. Meanwhile, the body of a boy, Shankar Nad, 12, was fished out from a pond on Friday. Police suspect the two might have committed suicide, although foul play has not been ruled out as yet.

Power raids

The West Bengal State Electricity Board and the police have arrested over 211 people in connection with power thefts in Calcutta and the districts in the past three months. Altogether, 750 FIRs were lodged after the Indian Electricity (West Bengal Amendment) Act 2001 came into force. The team also took action against 397 puja organisers, who were drawing power illegally during the festive days.

Truck on tracks

Train services to Burdwan from Howrah and Sealdah were disrupted on Friday morning when a truck broke down at the Shaktigarh level crossing.

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