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Two killed, one hurt in road accidents

lTwo persons were killed and another was injured in three separate accidents in the city on Thursday. Police said a taxi knocked down Munna Rawat, 52, at the intersection of Park Street and Camac Street at 6 am. He was taken to SSKM Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. In another incident, an assistant engineer of South Eastern Railway, T.D. Bhattacharya, died when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a private bus at the intersection of Diamond Harbour Road and Mominpur Road on Thursday afternoon. Locals took him to SSKM Hospital where he was pronounced dead. In another incident, a 38-year-old scooter rider, Manoj Singh, was hit by a minibus in front of Scottish Church College, in north Calcutta, in the evening. He was admitted to RG Kar Hospital. Police said in all three cases, drivers escaped leaving their vehicles behind.

Buses collide, conductor dies

A private bus conductor, Sanjay Baidya, 28, on route 30B/1, was killed as two speeding buses collided at gate number 3 on Jessore Road outside the airport on Thursday evening. According to police, two buses were trying to overtake one another from gate number 1 of the airport. As they reached the gate, one hit the rear end of the other. The conductor, who was standing at the back door, died on the spot.

Activist attacked

A Trinamul supporter, Ashok Das, was injured when a group of Congress workers surrounded him at Taltala on Thursday afternoon and hit him with the butt of a revolver. Das was taken to the nearest hospital but the attackers escaped.

BSF raid

The Border Security Force seized goods worth Rs 10 crore from different areas of south Bengal. A variety of goods, including livestock, diesel engines, country boats, motorcycles, cooking gas cylinders and garments, were seized. Twenty-seven smugglers were arrested by the BSF.

45 held in swoop

In a drive to recover arms, explosives and illegal liquor, officers of three police stations in Salt Lake and Lake Town conducted a raid over Wednesday and Thursday evenings. According to Sujoy Chanda, SDPO, Salt Lake, 45 persons were arrested on different charges. Of those arrested, 14 were wanted in previous cases, he said. “Though no arms were recovered in the drive, 20 litres of illicit liquor were recovered,” Chanda said.

Hurt in blaze

A 45-year-old woman was seriously injured in a fire that broke out at her home on Harish Chatterjee Street on Thursday night. Fire brigade officers, who went to the spot with one fire tender and doused the flames, said the flames spread quickly because of the garments stored in the house. Local people hospitalised the injured before the fire fighters could arrive.

AIDS rally

An inter-state AIDS awareness rally organised by the Sonata Foundation and the National Cadets Corps, will be flagged off from Raj Bhavan on Friday by Governor Viren J. Shah. The 15-day rally will end at New Delhi.

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