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Bangla smuggler in train luggage van

Hours of drama were staged at Sealdah station on Friday afternoon surrounding the arrest of a Bangladeshi national. Hasimuddin Sheikh was picked up from the parcel van of Lalgola Fast Passenger. According to police, the Border Security Force provided a specific tip-off at Lalgola, in Murshidabad, that a Bangladeshi smuggler was hiding in the luggage van. Tension spread among the railway employees as well as the Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel when they found the door of the parcel van locked from inside. “We wanted to search the coach at Lalgola station, but the guard of the train did not allow us without the divisional railway manager’s permission,” said a GRP official. When the train reached Behrampore station, the railway police, again, wanted to carry out the search. But the guard refused. The GRP officials, then, boarded the train and reached Sealdah. “We knew that the the door would have to be opened there as it was the terminal station. On opening the luggage van, Hasimuddin was found and arrested. We recovered 2,400 pieces of garments worth Rs 3 lakh from him,” the official added. On being informed of the harassment faced by the GRP men due to the guard’s resistance, senior railway police officials voiced their protest.

Officials fly in for crash probe

Two top officials of the civil aviation ministry, M.J. Singh and K. Meena, flew in to Calcutta from Delhi on Friday to join Ram Nath, director of air safety, eastern region, in the investigation into Wednesday night’s Cessna aircraft accident. The three officials visited the mishap site and recorded statements of Deganga villagers during the day. Arrangements are being made to lift the remains of the single-seater aircraft and bring them to Calcutta airport for further probe.

B.Com results

The results of Calcutta University’s B.Com Part I (honours and general) examinations 2003 will be published on September 2, said officials in the university’s controller of examination department.

New course

Kalyani University will introduce post-graduate diploma courses in mass communication, public relations and advertising from the current academic session. According to university officials, the classes will be held at Birla Institute of Liberal Arts and Management Sciences, in Calcutta.

Varanasi package

Eastern Railway (ER) and Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, in association with the UP State Tourism Development Corporation, are organising a special package tour of five days and five nights from Howrah to Varanasi. ER officials said on Friday that a special coach would be attached to 3005 Up Amritsar Mail leaving Howrah on September 1. The coach will return by 3006 Down Amritsar Mail leaving Varanasi on September 6. The tour will cover Varanasi, Chunar, Vindhyachal and Allahabad.

Music piracy meet

Indian Music Industry (IMI) held a seminar in Calcutta on Friday on music piracy, in association with Holoflex, a hologram-maker. Peeyush Pandey, deputy commissioner of police, special detective department, said 61,175 CDs and 46,130 cassettes had been seized in raids this year. Julio Ribeiro, former director-general, Punjab Police, and V.J. Lazarus, president, IMI, were present.

Equipment lost

Postal Employees Mountaineers’ Association at Yogayog Bhawan lodged a complaint with the Bowbazar police against chief postmaster-general S.K. Das for mountaineering equipment worth Rs 10 lakh gone missing. Association general secretary Sarbani Chatterjee said in her complaint the equipment had been kept in a room which they were using as the association’s office for the past several years. “But Das directed us to vacate the room. So, we appealed to the postal minister’s office in Delhi from where we were promised the room. On August 25, we found the office door open and our equipment missing,” said Chatterjee. The police have announced a probe.

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