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Buildings to go under hammer for tax dues

Calcutta Municipal Corporation is taking legal preparations to auction several buildings in the city to realise outstanding property tax from those properties. A list of five buildings has been prepared by the civic assessment department. The total amount due from them will be more than Rs 100 crore. Mayor Subrata Mukherjee has already given the green light to auction two such buildings located on Park Street and Strand Road.

Six held for flesh trade

Howrah police during a raid in a hotel on Dobson Road in the Golabari police station area, arrested six persons on Thursday morning, including the owner of the hotel. They were allegedly involved in a prostitution racket. Based on a complaint, police raided the hotel and caught a girl taking money from a customer. The girls used to be brought from the city red-light area.

Goon shot dead

A goon was murdered by members of a rival gang in the Lake Town area on Wednesday night. Police said Tapas Sau, 35, was shot dead at Patipukur in the Lake Town police station area. A search is on for the killers.

Clash over football

A dispute between two clubs, Rabindra Palli and Chirantani, over a game of football turned violent in Muraripukur. The police had to intervene to bring the situation under control. One youth was seriously injured. Police think political rivalry triggered the clash as one of the clubs is backed by the CPM and the other by a Naxalite faction.

Dacoity foiled

The Muchipara police foiled a dacoity attempt when they intercepted an armed group of five on Thursday afternoon at Premchand Baral Street. Police said two youths, Abhijit Ghosh, 21, and Shankho Roy, 23, were arrested while the others managed to flee. A loaded revolver and a bhojali were seized from the two.

Train departure

The South Eastern Railway authorities said two local trains, MH-101 Howrah- Midnapore Passenger and MEMU-1 Howrah-Kharagpur will start from Santragachhi on August 24 instead of Howrah as per the scheduled departure time of Santragachhi.

Strand Road drive

The conservancy department has decided to undertake a drive against encroachers in the stretch between Armenian Ghat and Chandpal Ghat on Strand Road. According to member, mayor-in-council, conservancy, Rajib Deb, the main target will be the roadside eateries, which have been littering the road.

Clean-up plan

Mayor Subrata Mukherjee asked the conservancy department to wash the major city thoroughfares before the Pujas. Civic authorities feel frequent cleaning will discourage hawkers from setting up shop.

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