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Man hacked to death at soiree

A 32-year-old man was hacked to death at Ashokenagar, on the city’s northern fringes, late on Sunday. According to police, the incident occurred during a musical soiree on a local playground. The assassins attacked Gautam Bhattacharya with daggers and choppers. After conducting preliminary investigation, police said the incident was the fall-out of long standing rivalry between two gangs. No one has so far been arrested.

Racket in text books busted

The Enforcement Branch arrested two persons on Monday in connection with a racket in publishing books and passing them off as texts prescribed by the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education. The men, Shankar Basu Choudhury and Manik Dey, were picked up from Raja Dinendra Street. After interrogating them, a team has been sent to Bagnan, in Howrah district, for investigation.

Drainage plans

To minimise waterlogging during the monsoons, the CMC’s drainage and sewerage department is ensuring that the 18 pumps in the city function properly. The civic authorities have also got in touch with the police for better coordination and for information on disruption of traffic during the rainy days. People will man the pumps round the clock.

Poll counting

The police on Monday took control of the Jessops building on Strand Road, where counting of the Vidyasagar Assembly elections will take place on Wednesday. The ground floor will be used for the purpose. Special arrangements are being made to isolate the floor from the others, which function as offices.

Marga programme

The Renaissance Artists’ and Writers’ Association, the cultural wing of Ananda Marga, will hold a symposium cum cultural programme on Saturday to commemorate the 83rd birth anniversary of Sri Sri Anandamurtiji, founder of the Sangha. Singers Nirmala Mishra and Meena Mukhopadhyay will perform.

Held for extortion

A man was arrested on the allegation of extortion in the Lake Town area was arrested on Monday. Dilip Kamti was netted from Dakshindari, an area known for drug-peddling. Ajay Nand, additional superintendent of police (Salt Lake), said a number murder cases were pending against Kamti.

Eviction protest

The Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha along with a few other Dalit organisations staged a protest in Howrah on Monday morning, in front of the mayor’s office and the district magistrate’s office against the eviction of slum-dwellers from the Bellilious Park area on February 2. Kirity Roy, convenor of the organisation, said there were around 7,000 people who were rendered homeless.

Condolence meet

A condolence meeting for Prof Amar Nath Bhaduri will be held at the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB) auditorium at 3.30 pm on Tuesday. An eminent scientist, Bhaduri died on June 5 at age 67. He served as the director of IICB and had received the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award for his contribution to science.

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