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Passengers looted in hijacked taxi

Three persons were robbed of their belongings on Wednesday night after four men hijacked a taxi. The miscreants hailed Shankar Adhikari’s taxi near National Library in Alipore around 9 pm. They pleaded with him to be dropped off at Esplanade. Adhikari was speeding down Red Road when he felt a revolver barrel at his neck. Adhikari’s pockets were emptied of Rs 800, his earnings of the past two days, and he was thrown out. ne of the men took the wheel and they set out north. The first stop was Shyampukur at 10 pm, where the driver asked bystanders if anyone wanted to be dropped further north towards Baranagar. The other three youths pretended to be passengers. The car drove down narrow bylanes towards Sinthee. A passenger, Kedarnath Jha, became increasingly nervous and asked why the driver was taking that route. Suddenly, one co-passenger pointed a revolver at him, while another grabbed his bag containing Rs 15,000. Jha tried to resist, but he was bundled out of the car. The carjackers then drove towards the Shyambazar five-point crossing and sought out another passenger, Rajesh Das, headed for Dum Dum. Das had only Rs 350 with him. He was deprived of the cash before being thrown out. It was nearly 10.30 pm when Jha lodged a complaint with the nearest police station. The Lalbazar control room was alerted. “The men could not be traced,” said DC, DD-I, Soumen Mitra.

Vehicle ban on footbridge

The Salt Lake authorities have decided to ban riding motorcycles and rickshaws on the footbridges on the Keshtopur canal. Strict vigil will be kept on the seven footbridges on the canal as these are the escape routes used after stealing motorcycles and rickshaws from the township, police said on Thursday. A night picket has also been posted near gate three of Salt Lake stadium.

Cop couple injured

A woman constable of Calcutta Police suffered serious burns following an accident at her home in Salt Lake. Pushpalata Roy of Posta police station has been admitted to SSKM Hospital. She was cooking at her home in Bidhan Police Abashan in Salt Lake’s AF Block when the stove burst, police said. Her husband Bimal Sinha, also a constable, received minor injuries.

New flights

The government of Chhattisgarh has announced a new daily flight linking Raipur to Calcutta from July 23. The Air Sahara flight will operate seven days a week. It will depart from Calcutta at 6.30 am and arrive at Raipur at 8 am. The return flight will depart from Raipur at 7.55 pm and arrive in Calcutta at 9.25 pm.

Road accident

Bijoy Adhikari, 32, was seriously injured on Thursday afternoon when he rammed his two-wheeler into a minibus on the Gariahat flyover. Adhikari was first taken to Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratisthan and later transferred to SSKM Hospital with a serious head injury. His wife, who was riding pillion, escaped unhurt.

Corrupt officers

The two RPF officers, who were arrested by CBI sleuths on Wednesday night in a restaurant in central Calcutta for extorting money from a railway booking clerk, were produced in the metropolitan magistrate’s court on Thursday. The CBI produced several documents recovered from the duo, including tickets and unaccounted-for money.

Housewife death

Three members of a family were arrested on Thursday in connection with the unnatural death of a 27-year-old housewife, Radharani Bhowmik, in Budge Budge. Police said Bhowmik was missing for the past 15 days. Her decomposed body was recovered from a pond. The search is on for her husband Sanatan.

Money missing

A manager of the Red Cross Place branch of the Housing Development Finance Corporation’s Standard National Insurance Company lodged a complaint with the Hare Street police on Thursday that nearly Rs 5.5 lakh was missing from his office. Shiv Patnaik had kept the amount in sealed envelopes inside a box on June 23. The box was under lock and key, he said.

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