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CMC mulls city entry fee for vehicles

lGoods vehicles entering the city may soon have to pay an entry fee to the Calcutta Municipal Corporation. The CMC will send a proposal in this regard to the state government. Anup Chatterjee, mayor-in-council of the CMC’s road and engineering department, said on Monday that for heavy vehicles like lorries and trucks, the proposed fee will be Rs 500, for medium-sized vehicles it will be Rs 300 and light vehicles could have to cough up Rs 200.

Husband held for torture

Sheikh Mushtaque of Ekbalpore was arrested on Monday on charges of torturing his wife Jahanara. Police said Jahanara was admitted to SSKM Hospital with burn injuries and died on Monday evening. Before her death, Jahanara told the police that her husband had tortured her and poured kerosene on her.

Bus dacoity bid

Police on Sunday night foiled a bus dacoity near Usti, in South 24-Parganas. According to police sources, six dacoits were planning to rob passengers of a West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation bus, plying from Magrahat to Calcutta, at Gholapara crossing. Two dacoits, Khurshid Sardar and Bachchu Sardar, were caught while four others fled.

No water supply

There will be no supply of filtered water in the city and its added areas of Behala, Garden Reach and Jadavpur on Saturday after 9.30 am as the Palta and Garden Reach waterworks will be shut down for repairs.

Ill at wedding bash

Eighty persons fell ill after eating at a marriage ceremony at Madhavpur in Diamond Harbour, South 24-Parganas, on Sunday night. Forty persons, including six children and 16 women, have been admitted to hospital. The condition of two children and five women is stated to be critical.

Cable sit-in

Cable Operators’ Sangram Committee, a nascent body of RPG-Netcom affiliated cablemen, staged a sit-in before STAR India’s city office on Theatre Road on Monday afternoon, demanding status quo on rates and declaration levels. The 2,000-odd agitating cable operators blocked Theatre Road for an hour and burned STAR India chief executive Peter Mukerjea’s effigy. State transport minister Subhas Chakraborty intervened to lift the roadblock.

Heroin raid

Police on Monday recovered 300 grams of heroin from a slum in Howrah. Superintendent of police, Howrah, Rajesh Kumar, said acting on a tip-off, police conducted a raid and recovered the heroin. A man called Kalu was arrested in this connection, he said.

Metro suicide bid

Metro Rail services were disrupted on Monday when a 25-year-old woman jumped on the tracks at Central station in the afternoon. The woman, Sucheta Poddar, survived as the Dum Dum-bound train stopped in time. She was admitted to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital in critical condition.

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