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The City Diary

Goods worth lakhs lost in market blaze

Eight shops were completely destroyed when a fire broke out in the early hours of Tuesday on Belgachhia Road in the Cossipore police station area. It took more than two hours and four fire tenders to douse the flames. Kuldiep Singh, deputy commissioner of police, headquarters, said the fire started from a short-circuit in one of the shops at around 4.30 am and then spread to the neighbouring shops. “No casualties were reported but it could have been dangerous if the fire spread to the adjacent slum that houses thousands,” Singh said. “The loss could be well over Rs 3 lakh according to preliminary investigation,” said Bibhash Guha, divisional officer of the fire department. According to shop-owners, the loss will amount to more than Rs 4 lakh as they had stored a huge amount of merchandise before the Pujas.

Sahara seeks film city land

Sahara India has approached the government for the purchase of 100 acres of land to build a “film city” in Calcutta. Urban development minister Asok Bhattacharya said on Tuesday that the government has agreed to find land for the purpose and has identified about 40 acres at Nonadanga, on the EM Bypass. “We will not be able to provide 100 acres so close to the city. We can, at best, provide 40 acres. We are interested in the project because it will generate employment in the state,” he added.

Porter arrests

Railway police arrested 39 porters dressed in blue, who are affiliated to Citu, for illegally entering Howrah station after being recently evicted. Following the arrests, about 400 other porters gheraoed the government railway police station in Howrah demanding the release of their co-workers. Sunil Kumar Mullick, the superintendent of Howrah railway police, said the arrested coolies had forcibly entered the station premises and picked up a fight with the authorised porters in red. Sandip Das, a Citu office bearer, said the procession of the coolies in blue was part of a demonstration by 18 hawkers’ organisations protesting the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and not to resume operations on the platforms.

Metro suicide bid

A 58-year-old businessman, Subir Kumar Sau, attempted suicide on Tuesday morning at the Esplanade Metro station by jumping on the tracks in front of a Dum Dum-bound train. Police said Sau was admitted to SSKM Hospital. Metro services were suspended for about 25 minutes and resumed at around 11.30 am.

Man electrocuted

A 20-year-old daily labourer, Azibar Mollah, was electrocuted on Tuesday at a construction site on Mehr Ali Lane, in the Beniapukur police station area, when he came into contact with a pipe while demolishing the roof. Police said Ali, a resident of Padmapukur, was moved to Nilratan Sirkar Medical College and Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Five persons were arrested, including the labour contractor and the electrician at the site.

House looted

Armed robbers broke into a house in the Regent Park police station area on Sunday night, and escaped with ornaments and cash worth Rs 1 lakh. According to the police, they held the inmates at gunpoint and looted the safe and an almirah.


Calcutta High Court on Tuesday issued summons to two under-secretaries of the central government and one deputy secretary of the state in a contempt case filed against them by eight octogenarian freedom-fighters of Midnapore. They alleged that even after orders from the high court, their pension dues had not been disbursed. The case will be heard on September 17.

Armed dacoity

Eight dacoits robbed the home of CPM leader Shobhan Mukherjee early on Tuesday morning, near Belur. According to police, cash and ornaments worth Rs 1.5 lakh were looted. Two persons were arrested later from Belghoria.

Library director

Kishore Krishna Banerjee has been appointed director of the Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation.

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TO nagarik swastha sangh for organising a free eye operation and check-up camp at Pathuriaghata Street. Spectacles were also distributed

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