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Taxi hijacked at gunpoint in Entally

Three armed miscreants hijacked a taxi from Entally late on Thursday. According to police, Sukhdev Yadav, the taxi driver, lodged a complaint with Entally police station, that three youths dragged him out from the vehicle at gunpoint and sped away. During preliminary investigation, police came to know that Harpreet Singh had purchased the vehicle a month ago and employed Yadav to drive it. The police were not satisfied with Yadav’s statements. “He does not even know what the culprits look like,” said an Entally police station official. Raids in Rajarhat have proved futile. Police said the gangsters might have fled to Bihar, from where Yadav came to the city last year. Yadav has been detained.

Photo-sensitive streetlights

The civic lighting department has decided to test a new range of streetlights. According to member, mayor-in- council, markets and lighting, Samsuzzaman Ansari, under this system, the lights will dim after midnight and consume less power. Besides, unlike the present timer system, which works at programmed intervals, the timer of the new system will be photo-sensitive and streetlights will switch on automatically in the afternoon on a cloudy day. Similarly, they will switch off earlier in summer.

Fire in factory

Fire broke out in a leather factory in Tangra on Friday evening, damaging leather products worth several lakhs of rupees. Four fire tenders rushed to the spot. However, no casualty was reported, as the factory was closed in the evening. According to fire department officials, a short-circuit might have caused the fire.

Check on autos

The traffic wing of Calcutta Police will crack down on illegal autorickshaws from November 1. M.K. Singh, deputy commissioner, traffic, said his department was distributing holograms to autorickshaws after checking their documents. The process will be completed by October-end. From November, only autorickshaws with holograms will be allowed to ply.

Cracker haul

The city police seized banned firecrackers weighing 280 kg from Alipore on Friday. Two persons were also rounded up. According to police, a truck coming from Nungi, in South 24-Parganas, a cracker-manufacturing hub, was intercepted near the Alipore police headquarters. A search yielded the fireworks.

Pirated VCDs

Police arrested Palash Das, owner of the premises from where they recovered pirated VCDs worth Rs. 2.5 lakh on Friday in a godown on Bentinck Street, in the Hare Street police station area. More than 5,500 VCDs, mostly of recent Hindi films, were recovered.

Man run over

An unidentified middle-aged man was run over by a private car on Friday night in the Tollygunge police station area while he was walking down the road drunk. He was taken to SSKM Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The driver fled with the car.

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