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Peacock feather haul at airport

A passenger was held at Netaji Subhas International Airport on Tuesday for allegedly smuggling 35 kg of peacock feathers. The passenger, Moti Singh of Lucknow, was to take an Indian Airlines flight to Bangkok. Customs officials detected the feathers worth over Rs 20,000. Peacock feather is a banned item in India and all the feathers were seized.

Man run over by bus

An unidentified 50-year-old man was run over on Tuesday morning by a bus on route 79B on Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy Road in the Muchipara police station area. He was rushed to Nilratan Sirkar Medical College and Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police sources said the vehicle was impounded and the driver of the bus was arrested.

Beaten to death

A 27-year-old man, Mohammad Irajul, suspected to be a thief, was lynched on Monday night, by residents of Lauhati in the Rajarhat police station area. According to police sources, no one was arrested.

Held for dacoity

Deputy commissioner of police (II), detective department, Pradip Sanyal, said on Tuesday that one person was arrested in connection with the dacoity in the Gariahat branch of the Punjab National Bank outside the state. On May 3, six armed men robbed the bank of Rs 6 lakh. According to police sources, the suspect is being interrogated.

Traffic hit

Traffic was disrupted on Chittaranjan Avenue in front of Magnet House, on Tuesday afternoon when the All Bengal Electricity Consumerís Association members put up a roadblock to protest the tariff hike in electricity consumption charges. Police sources said the demonstrators were lathicharged and 23 people, including seven women, were arrested.

Advani invited

After Trinamul chief Mamata Banerjee prepared the groundwork in Delhi on Monday, city mayor Subrata Mukherjee on Tuesday invited deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani to lay the foundation of the Rs 20-crore Gateway of Calcutta. The foundation stone of the 300-foot high proposed gateway is slated to be laid on July 6 at a function in the presence of Mamata Banerjee.

Free-tripper drive

In a bid to curb ticketless travel, the Kharagpur division of South Eastern Railway intensified drives against free-trippers on the Howrah-Midnapore section from June 1 to June 19. During this period, Rs 10,55,623 was collected from passengers who were travelling without tickets or with invalid ones on this section. Rs 6,13,298 was also collected from unbooked luggage cases. A total of 115 passengers were prosecuted before the railway magistrate for not paying their fares.

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