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The City Diary

RPF officers booked for extortion

Two officers of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) fell into the CBI dragnet on Wednesday evening on the charge of coercing an Eastern Railway booking clerk. The duo was caught red-handed in a central Calcutta restaurant. According to sources, Joydeb Ghatak, an inspector, and Suman Chandra, a sub-inspector, coerced the booking clerk of New Koilaghat building into paying them Rs 2,500 per month. The duo posted in front of the booking counters alleged that the clerk had links with touts. After receiving a complaint from the clerk, the CBI sleuths laid a trap. According to the plan drawn up by the investigators, the clerk agreed to pay the money and called the two RPF personnel to the restaurant to receive the first instalment of the “monthly payment”. The CBI men, posing as customers, were present there much before the two RPF officers and the clerk arrived. As soon as the clerk handed over the money, the CBI personnel rounded them up.

College chief found in Patna

Krishna Das, director of a private marine engineering college in Falta, South 24-Parganas, was rescued from Patna on Wednesday. Superintendent of police D.K. Ganguly said Das, a resident of Thakurpukur, was kidnapped on June 6, while on his way to the college. On June 7, his family members received a call to pay a ransom of Rs 6 lakh. They immediately contacted the police, who traced the call to Patna and in a joint operation with Patna police rescued Das. The caller, Sanjoy, a former student of the college, was arrested for kidnapping Das.

Girl rescued

A 17-year-old girl, Rajni, was rescued from a Mumbai brothel on Wednesday. Police said Rajni was missing for the past seven months. After receiving a complaint from the girl’s mother, the Charu Market police arrested two youth. During interrogation they confessed that they had abducted her and sold her off to the owner of a brothel in Mumbai. The girl will arrive in the city on Thursday.

Constable killed

Gourangasunder Naik, 33, a constable of the Fifth Battalion, was killed and three others were injured on Tuesday night at the EM Bypass- Maniktala Main Road crossing. Police said the accident occurred when the Tiger van they were patrolling in was hit by an Ambassador. The injured were taken to SSKM Hospital where Naik was pronounced dead. Police have seized the car.

Held with hashish

The Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB) seized 350 kg of hashish from Amdanga on Wednesday morning. Two persons were detained. According to NCB sources, the consignment was on its way to Calcutta from Siliguri. NCB sleuths intercepted them when they entered North 24-Parganas.


Officer-in-charge of Mograhat police station in South 24-Parganas Sudhir Biswas and five other policemen were injured in an encounter on Tuesday night. The team had gone to arrest Azizul Sardar, a criminal. The goons hurled bombs.

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