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Special security for Eden Gardens Test

The Calcutta Police will throw a tight security cordon around Eden Gardens and the five-star hotel in south Calcutta where the India and West Indies cricket teams will stay during the Test match, after reports of a possible terrorist attack. Deputy commissioner of police, headquarters, Sivaji Ghosh said commandos of the city police special force will be deployed at various points inside and around Eden Gardens. “The commandos, trained in anti-terrorist and anti-sabotage operations, will be carrying sophisticated carbines and pistols,” he said. Officers of the Special Branch and Intelligence Branch will patrol the hotel along with armed policemen. Electronic equipment to screen metallic objects will be installed at the BC Roy Clubhouse gates and in front of other gates too. More than 2,000 policemen will be on duty during the five days of the Test match, starting October 30.

Mayor serves power bill

Mayor Subrata Mukherjee softened his stand regarding the traders of College Street market at the request of Trinamul Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday. He agreed to restore power supply to the market against payment of the outstanding power bill of Rs 14 lakh to the CMC and directed the municipal commissioner to serve fresh notices to the traders of all 23 civic markets asking them to clear their dues to prevent disconnection of power and water supply.

Bihar cops in town

A Bihar police team on Tuesday arrived in the city to arrest Raj Kumar Goel and Ram Gopal Saraf on charges of cheating unemployed youths in Begusarai of several lakhs of rupees. The Hare Street police said Goel and Saraf had taken money from about 100 youth, promising them jobs. After collecting the money, they fled to Calcutta. Saraf and Goel were taken to Begusarai for interrogation.

Behala bypass

The state government has approved the proposal of a bypass from Biren Roy Road in Behala to the Flying Club, Trinamul Congress MLA of Behala (West) Partha Chattopadhyay said on Tuesday.

Women cops teased

Two youths on two-wheelers were arrested in Salt Lake on Tuesday for teasing two plainclothed women constables. Police said a trap was laid on the basis of a tip-off. Their two-wheelers were impounded.

Fire in factory

A fire broke out in a plastic factory in Beleghata on Tuesday. Six fire engines fought the blaze for about three hours. There was no report of injury.

Puja fraud

Samarendu Chakraborty, secretary of Manabikatabadi-O-Juktibadi Kendra lodged an FIR with the New Alipore police station on Tuesday, demanding the arrest of Deep Ghosh for allegedly cheating residents of Chetla. Devotees flocked to Ghose’s residents when he spread the word on Sunday night that a Laxmi idol was turning into Kali. Chakraborty alleged that Ghosh was making money by collecting pranami from the people on the basis of a rumour.

HC tower order

The vacation bench of Calcutta High Court on Tuesday refused to admit a case filed by the Reliance Telecommunication Company against the order of a subordinate court, restraining it from constructing a tower at Barasat for maintenance of Basic Telephone Service Equipment and DG-sets. Earlier, the Barasat court, on the basis of a petition filed by some local residents, had passed an interim order directing Reliance to maintain status-quo with regard to the tower. Rathindra Ray Chowdhury and three other residents had sought the order, directing the respondents to stop erecting the tower as a World Health Organisation (WHO) report had allegedly warned against a harmful ray from such towers. The Reliance Telecommunication Company in its petition before Calcutta High Court cited an agreement with the director of telecommunication drawn on July 20, 2001, allowing it to lay fibre cables across the country. The high court bench of Justices D. Seth and A. Banerjee refused to accept the petition and directed the company to first file an appeal before the district judge.

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