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Armed men hurl bombs, loot shops

lA gang of armed men looted half a dozen shops at Batanagar in Maheshtala, on the southern fringes of the city, on Tuesday night and fled after exploding at least 60 bombs. Police said on Wednesday morning, local residents put up roadblocks on Budge Budge Road to protest the dacoities and “police inaction”. Local Citu leader Tapan Bagchi threatened to launch an agitation if the culprits were not arrested within three days.

Fire breaks out at mint

A fire broke out in the compound of Calcutta Mint near New Alipore on Wednesday morning. Security guards raised an alarm when they saw smoke billowing out of a heap of waste paper and broken furniture. Three fire tenders doused the blaze, fire brigade sources said.

Train derailed

Train services were disrupted in the Sealdah division on Wednesday morning after a goods train derailed near the Ranaghat cabin. Railway sources said as a result, local train services were disrupted on the Ranaghat, Gede and Shantipur sections. Some trains were cancelled while others were delayed.

Bhopal Express

A new Howrah-Bhopal Weekly Express (3025 Up/3026 Down) will start running from Howrah on February 3. The train is starting on its maiden run from Bhopal on Wednesday, according to an official release. It will again start from Bhopal on February 5 as per schedule. The 3025 Up Howrah-Bhopal Express will start from Howrah at 1.10 pm every Monday. The train will start from Bhopal at 5.30 am every Wednesday.

Dacoits held

Five armed dacoits were arrested at Gaighata, in North 24-Parganas, when they were planning to raid a businessman’s house on Tuesday night. The police reached the spot after being tipped off. Five of them were caught while two others fled. The police seized 11 bombs, two pipe guns and ammunition from the arrested persons.

Union office

Mayor Subrata Mukherjee on Wednesday allocated a room to the Trinamul Congress trade union in the S.S. Hogg Market building. Trinamul trade union leader Sovandeb Chattopadhyay had earlier requested the mayor to assign a room for a union office.

Health camps

The family welfare department of B.R. Singh Hospital will organise multipurpose health camps at Hasnabad railway station of Eastern Railway’s Sealdah division on Thursday, according to an official release. The camps will be held particularly for employees who cannot attend railway hospitals from distant places.

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O lions club of calcutta sanjeevani for organising a camp in Behala where 28 people pledged to donate their bodies after death to medical science
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