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Basu driver’s wife, son die of burns

The charred bodies of Mamata Pal, 27, and her seven-year-old son Kaustav were found at their residence near the Alipore Bodyguard Lines on Monday evening. Mamata is the wife of Krishnendu Pal, driver of former chief minister Jyoti Basu. He is attached to Basu’s convoy. Preliminary investigation indicated that it was a case of suicide. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem.

Held with fake Rs 500 notes

A man was arrested on Monday morning at the Barasat branch of the State Bank of India for possessing six fake notes of Rs 500 denomination. Bank officials complained to police after they found the fake notes in the Rs 30,000 he came to deposit. He said he got the notes from a man in Bihar.


Bapi Bera was arrested from Nandakumar, in Midnapore West, on Monday for murdering Vivek Khatuah, a cook of a fast food shop in central Calcutta. Police had discovered Khatuah’s body on Sunday. During interrogation, Bera admitted to having had an altercation with Khatuah, whom he stabbed to death.

Road mishap

Nabakumar Naskar, 60, died early on Monday morning after being hit by a private bus on route 3C/1, on AJC Bose Road, near the Sealdah flyover. Naskar was taking a walk at 4.30 am when the bus hit him. He was taken to Nilratan Sirkar Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver fled with the vehicle.


Large areas of Calcutta — especially its central and southern parts — experienced prolonged power cuts through Monday after a 250-mw unit tripped at CESC’s Budge Budge power plant.

False complaint

Bapan Singh was arrested on Monday evening on charges of lodging a false complaint with the New Market police station. Singh, an employee of a private company, came to the police station and complained that miscreants had snatched Rs 46,000 from him on Lenin Sarani. After interrogating him, police came to the conclusion that Singh had fabricated the snatching incident. He was arrested.

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