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The City Diary

Massive security in southern district

The district police of South 24-Parganas have made elaborate arrangements for making the Pujas trouble-free. Superintendent of police (SP) D.K. Ganguly said a team of 5,000 personnel would be deployed at any given time on these four days. Apart from this, special police teams will be stationed at the Kasba, Jadavpur, Thakurpukur and Metiabruz police station areas. CESC and telecom officials will be available at the police control room in Alipore to attend to emergency calls. A tower will be set up with wireless facility on the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass near Ruby General Hospital for monitoring the situation. SP Ganguly said police have arrested 9,557 persons as part of a pre-Puja crackdown on miscreants. Fifteen more had been arrested for forcibly collecting subscriptions.

2 women held with drugs

Two women, Majeda and Mehrunnisa, were arrested on Wednesday evening from Camac Street, in the Shakespeare Sarani police station area, on charges of peddling drugs. Police said the two were carrying 100 gm of ganja on them when they were picked up.

Trains cancelled

Heavy rains disrupted the signalling and telecommunication system in the Howrah yard on Wednesday afternoon. Fifteen EMU locals and two pairs of passenger trains had to be cancelled.

Twin arrests

Two persons were arrested from an abandoned factory in the Entally police station area on Tuesday night after a six-chamber revolver and ammunition were recovered from their possession. Police identified the arrested persons as Kajal Sarkar and Nilu Pal.

Bomb alert

An alarm was sounded at Shakespeare Sarani police station on Wednesday after a taxi-driver turned up with two steel trunks left behind by a passenger. Thana officers alerted the bomb disposal squad at Lalbazar. The trunks, when finally opened by bomb squad members, revealed nothing but silverware. But police suspect the valuables had been stolen.

Arms seized

Arms were seized from the Sankrail area early on Wednesday from a middle-aged man. According to police, a pipegun, a revolver and several cartridges were found on him. He was arrested after a chase.

Building monitor

The Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC) has formed a task force, comprising 25 members, to monitor illegal constructions during the Pujas. Swapan Samaddar, mayor-in-council member, in charge of buildings, said such a task force had been formed for the first time.

R&D meet

A meeting organised as part of the South Asian Research and Development Initiative, at Great Eastern Hotel on Thursday, will be attended by a team of 20 delegates from the US.

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TO Belgachhia welfare society for distributing clothes to around 1,800 underprivileged people

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