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Traffic restrictions for flyover final lap

The traffic department will restrict vehicular movement for 20 days on Lower Circular Road, between Camac Street and Lansdowne Road, from Friday as the final phase of work on the flyover will be taken up on this stretch. Public transport (buses and minibuses) heading west (from Beckbagan to Alipore zoo) will take the Lansdowne-Elgin Road-Ashutosh Mukherjee Road-Chowringhee-Queen’s Way-Hospital Road-Lower Circular Road. Those travelling eastward (towards Beckbagan) will take the Ashutosh-Mukherjee Road-Hazra Road-Ballygunge Phari-Syed Amir Ali Avenue route. The cross-over point between Gorky Terrace and Woodburn Park Road, however, will remain open to traffic as will be the Lower Circular Road-Lansdowne and Lower Circular Road-Camac Street crossings.

Trader shot in Posta

A 35-year-old businessman, Raju Chowrasia, was shot by an unknown assailant on Wednesday morning in front of the Digambar Jain Temple in the Posta police station area. According to police, the injured received bullet wounds in his lower abdomen and was admitted to Calcutta Medical Research Institute in a critical condition. The attacker dropped the firearm while fleeing. Investigation revealed the Chowrasias to have been involved in a property dispute case, which might have triggered the incident. No arrest has so far been made.

Road mishaps

Three persons were killed and five others injured in two separate accidents on the southern fringes of the city on Wednesday evening. Sephali Sardar, 30, Soma Ghosh, 28, and Bharati Sardar, 52, were killed when a truck hit the auto-rickshaw they were travelling in on a Sonarpur –Ghatakpukur road around 7.30 pm. Police said the truck driver fled leaving the vehicle behind. In another incident, two persons were injured when a taxi was hit by a Matador van on Ambedkar Setu in the Tiljala area. The truck driver was arrested. The injured were taken to hospital where their condition was stated to be critical.

Explosive haul

Bulu Bibi, 34, was arrested with two kg of explosives on an Azimganj-bound local train. Police said she was heading for Salar station. The explosives are used to manufacture bombs.

Boy drowned

The body of a 17-year-old boy was fished out from a pond in Beleghata on Wednesday morning. The deceased was identified as Prosenjit Pal, a Class XI student of Narkeldanga High School and a resident of Rajendralal Mitra Road. According to police, Prosenjit came to the pond to learn swimming.

Raising Cain

Ranjit Banik, 40, was killed in a scuffle with his brother Kanchan at Jagaddal on Tuesday night. The drunken Ranjit was beating his mother when Kanchan came to her rescue. He succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital.

Flesh trade

Six women were arrested on Wednesday morning on charges of running a flesh trade racket in a residential complex in Salt Lake’s KB block. Police said they used to entertain customers on the pretext of running a massage parlour.

Electrocuted

Jhontu Singh, 23, a resident of Dayal Bannerjee Road, in the Shibpur police station area, was electrocuted on Wednesday when he touched a live electric wire. The electric lines were being repaired in his house. Singh was hurried to Howrah General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Hospital death

Relatives of a patient, Muqsood Bibi, demonstrated in front of Kidderpore Matri Sadan after she fell off her bed and died early on Wednesday. They alleged that the woman, in an advanced stage of pregnancy, died because of negligence. The doctors of the state hospital, they said, had advised them to shift Muqsood when her condition started deteriorating. “When we shifted her to a nursing home in Ekbalpore, she was pronounced dead,” alleged Parveen Bibi, a relative.

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