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Cops lay down Kali puja guidelines

Kali puja organisers were briefed on rules and regulations by senior police officers at Lalbazar on Sunday. It was decided that police would keep a strict vigil across the city to prevent the use of banned crackers. The height of the idol, after being mounted on a lorry, should not exceed 17 feet, police told the organisers. The deadline for immersion is October 27. Other problems, such as noise pollution and forcible collection of subscriptions, were also discussed in the meeting. In the run-up to the puja, police are carrying out raids and preventive arrests in various troublespots.

Taxi driver murdered

Sayeed, a 25-year-old taxi driver, was found murdered on Saturday night on the approach road to the Rajarhat New Township. The taxi could not be traced. Police suspect the role of a car smuggling gang in the killing. Sayeed could have been murdered for resisting the gang. Two persons have been arrested in this connection, said a police officer.

Trader found dead

Ashit Adhikari, a 32-year-old real estate dealer, was found dead with his throat slit on Saturday night at Penkol More in the Noapara police station area. Police suspect that Adhikari might have been killed by a rival in the trade.

Fireworks arrests

Three persons were arrested along with the van in which they were ferrying banned fireworks on Sunday at Baithakkhana market in the Amherst street police station area. They were identified as Mohammad Khan, the van driver, Mahindra Sarkar and Tapan Sarkar. The van was on its way from Champahati, a fireworks manufacturing hub, to the city market when police intercepted it. This is the latest in a series of arrests in a bid to curb the infiltration of banned firecrackers into the city for Kali puja.

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