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Hoax-call threat to Air Force base

lA hoax call to a police control room sent officials of five police stations and the Air Force into a tizzy on Monday. An anonymous call was made to the Doltala police control room in North 24-Parganas on Monday evening. “Two persons are plotting to blow up the Air Force base in Barrackpore if the government does not release Aufan Ukil in two hours,’’ the caller said. Ukil, an Air Force employee, was arrested on espionage charges from Pune and brought to the city for interrogation. The caller gave the names and address of two people. The Doltala control room personnel contacted the Barrackpore and the Noapara police stations, where officers alerted the Alipore police. Squadron leader Sanjay Srivastava, regional chief of Air Force Police, contacted the Alipore police at night. “We have beefed up security at Barrackpore and other bases,’’ he said. The police picked up the two who were supposed to “blow up” the air base. But interrogation revealed that they knew nothing about such a plot. They were released after it was established that they were innocent. “It was a prank,” an officer said.

No leads on garment theft

The police are clueless about the whereabouts of the miscreants — believed to be Bangladeshis — who robbed a garment shop on Lindsay Street of goods worth Rs 1 lakh. According to police, Abdul Khalid, along with two associates, had gone to the shop last Saturday. After choosing some garments, the three pretended that they had no money as they had left their wallet in their hotel. Khalid asked the shop-owner if somebody could accompany them to the hotel where he would pay for the goods purchased. Accordingly, two employees were sent with the trio. After arriving at the hotel, Khalid offered the employees tea laced with sedatives and knocked them out.

Suicide

Babul Goldar, 55, hanged himself at his Panchanantala residence early on Tuesday. Goldar was suffering from depression, police said.

Dry Howrah

The Kadamtala area in Howrah will not receive filtered water on Wednesday as the Howrah Municipal Corporation will replace valves in the underground lines under Natabar Pal Road and Central Church Road.

Unit reopens

The Salt Lake unit of Plasto-Chem Pvt Ltd will reopen on Wednesday after the management decided to withdraw the suspension-of-work notice. The notice had been clamped on the unit following violence, allegedly sponsored by Citu activists along with some casual workers of the factory, over lay-offs and payment of bonus and wages. Nine persons were arrested in this connection. Swastik Ghulewala, director, Plasto-Chem, said the problems were resolved after a meeting with the Citu leadership.

Taxi driver hurt

A 32-year-old taxi driver, Rajesh Singh, was injured when a minibus collided with his vehicle on Hospital Road on Tuesday. Singh was admitted to SSKM Hospital where he underwent surgery. Police arrested the bus driver and impounded his vehicle.

Website launch

The state agri-horticulture department commissioned its own website on Tuesday to supply information on flower, fruits, vegetables and processed food markets in and outside Calcutta. It was clicked open by department minister Sailen Sarkar.

Thumbs Up

O gokuldas P, a student from Kerala, for undertaking a 262-day-long bicycle rally across the country to spread awareness about AIDS and terrorism
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