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Goon arrested with arms, ammunition

Babu Das, alias Nona, 28, touted as “the terror of Entally and Tangra”, was arrested on Wednesday night. During an intensive raid, officers of Entally police station rounded Nona up from a hideout on Pottery Road. Two firearms were recovered from him. Nona’s associate Samar Das was also netted from the same place. Police recovered a loaded revolver and ammunition from him. Abhranta Kumar Majumdar, officer-in-charge of Entally police station, said there were a number of cases, including attempt to murder, pending against the Nona. “A few days ago, he attacked our sub-inspector Subrata Jha and threatened him with a revolver,” the officer said. Jha, however, managed to escape and police registered an attempt to murder case against Nona. “Local businessmen have to pay him extortion money,” added Majumdar. Nona has been sent to the Lalbazar central lock-up.

Mayor meet on flyover

Mayor Subrata Mukherjee has convened a meeting with engineers of the Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners (HRBC), Larsen & Toubro and Senbo on Friday to discuss the post-construction drainage and sewerage service in the Gariahat, Park Street and Rabindra Sadan areas, where temporary disturbance had been allowed to facilitate the construction of the flyovers.

Held for extortion

Swapan, an extortionist, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon from the Howrah police station area. According to police sources, the goon popularly known as ‘Smart’ Swapan, was arrested from a hideout in Kalibabur Bazaar. A pipegun and several rounds of ammunition were recovered from him. He will be produced in court on Thursday, police said.

Fallen statue

A statue of Lenin was found lying on the ground on Wednesday evening near College Square in the Amherst Street area. Police said some local shop-keepers provided the tip-off. The statue, however, was not damaged.

Tubewell trouble

At least 200 tubewells have been contaminated in the city because of inundation, according to member, mayor-in-council, slum development, Javed Ahmed Khan. More than 50,000 slum-dwellers have been severely affected due to incessant rain for three days. Khan has requested the chief engineer, water supply, to tackle the tubewell trouble in the affected areas of Cossipore,Beleghata, Tiljala, Topsia, Tangra, Behala and Garden Reach to avert an outbreak of diarrhoea.

Servant booked

Saraswati Thapa, 26, was arrested from a house in Lake Town on Wednesday for stealing cash and ornaments worth about Rs 1 lakh. Police said she had stolen the items from the house where she was engaged as a domestic help. The arrest was made after the owner of the house lodged a complaint with the Lake Town police station. Some of the stolen goods was recovered from her, police claimed.

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