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Woman hit by bus dies in son’s arms

A teenage son saw his 45-year-old mother die after an accident on Tuesday morning when he miraculously escaped injury. As Altamas Baig with help from onlookers, who had come forward to help the injured woman, carried his mother to hospital, she breathed her last in his arms. umtaz, who was riding pillion, and her son, Altamas, were returning to their Watgunge Street residence from the market, when a CSTC bus on route 7A hit their bicycle from behind at the Kidderpore Road-Diamond Harbour Road crossing. Both Baig and Mumtaz were thrown off the bicycle. Baig escaped unhurt while Mumtaz’s head crashed on the pavement. She succumbed to her injuries on her way to SSKM Hospital. “As soon as the news of her death spread around 10 o’clock, local people threw stones at buses passing by. They also put up a roadblock for more than half an hour. They demanded that buses on the route be served a notice forcing them not to drive fast,” deputy commissioner of police, headquarters, Kuldeep Singh said. he driver of the bus has been arrested and the vehicle impounded.

Life term for twin murders

Sub-divisional judicial magistrate of Howrah Prabuddha Shankar Mukherjee sentenced Sheikh Kuddus, 46, and Sheikh Chandmoni, 38, to life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10,000 each for two murders on May 5, 2000. The two had killed Asim Mukherjee and his mother Namita after an altercation over the amount they had demanded as payment. Kuddus and Chandmoni were masons and were working at Mukherjee’s Ramakrishnapur residence in the Shibpur police station area. As Mukherjee refused to pay the amount, the duo killed him and his mother. They also tried to kill Mukherjee’s 11-year-old daughter, Sayani, but she survived after month-long treatment in a hospital.

Fence flare-up

There was trouble in front of a five-star hotel at the EM Bypass-Kadapara crossing at Duttabad in Salt Lake, over setting up a fence for beautifying a footpath. Police said some miscreants, led by a local Trinamul Congress councillor, prevented the hotel personnel from setting up a fencing. They demanded that the hotel authorities produce a permission from the urban development department before setting up the fence on the footpath opposite the hotel, where an eviction drive was conducted a few weeks ago. Later, the miscreants broke the fence, police said.

Man killed

Nazrul Seikh, the 32-year-old son of a panchayat member, was murdered in Bhangore, in South 24-Parganas, on Monday night. Police said Nazrul was murdered over a family dispute. The deceased had three wives and was not on good terms with his second wife who cannot be traced since the murder.

Builder arrested

A city-based builder R.R. Mody has been arrested on charges of forging documents relating to a property on S.P. Mukherjee Road. Police said Mody tried to pass off the property as a gift to evade taxes. “It was an old case which had been brought to our notice a few days back. He is now in custody,” a police official said.

Mishaps

A 60-year-old unidentified woman was hit by a truck at the Lady Dufferin Road-Red Road crossing on Tuesday morning. Police said she was admitted to Sambhunath Pandit hospital in a critical condition. A 45-year-old man was injured at Kaikhali, near the airport, on Tuesday morning. He was admitted to a nursing home in a serious condition.

Puri specials

South Eastern Railway will run a pair of special trains between Howrah and Puri. One of the trains will leave Howrah at 8.15 pm on August 14, arriving at Puri at 6 am the following morning. The other train will leave Puri at 9.20 pm on August 17 and reach Howrah the next day at 7.40 am.

Bail rejected

Calcutta High Court on Tuesday rejected the bail plea of Pijush Chakraborty, a sergeant of Calcutta Police, who was caught red-handed while taking a bribe on Park Street.

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