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Binod associate netted in raid

The sleuths of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested Dilip Das, an associate of gangster Sheikh Binod, from a hideout in Regent Park on Friday evening. According to CID officials investigating the case, Das used to extort money from businessmen and promoters while Binod was in Dum Dum Central jail. Preliminary investigation has revealed that Chaitanya Pal, the plumber who chalked out the jailbreak plan, introduced Das as one of his labourers and helped him gain easy access to the prison premises. “Das had even entered the Dum Dum prison on September 24, the day before the jailbreak, and passed on three firearms and some ammunition to Binod,” said an official. On the day of the escape, too, Das stood outside the jail and later provided shelter to Binod when he was on the run. Binod has been remanded in judicial custody till November 21. The CID will appeal to the Barrackpore court to transfer him to their custody.

Cops held on assault charge

Five constables of the fourth armed battalion of the state police on Friday morning were arrested for assaulting organisers of a musical soiree at Salt Lake last month. The constables — M. Bhowmick, Ranjit Ghosh, Tushar Ghosh, Amit Deb and Biswanath Samanta — were produced in Barrackpore sub-divisional court, from where they were released on bail. Police took more than a month to identify the constables who had beaten up the organisers. The five have been suspended.

Flight schedule

Due to poor visibility, caused by fog, Singapore Airlines has rescheduled its flights from Calcutta with effect from December 2. According to the new schedule, flight number SQ415 (Calcutta-Singapore), that leaves the city every Tuesday and Friday, will now leave at 9.50 pm. Another flight (Singapore-Calcutta), SQ416, also operating on Tuesday and Friday, will leave at 7.05 pm. The changes will remain in effect till February 13, 2004.

Varsity chief

Professor Swapan Kumar Pramanick, head of the sociology department of Calcutta University, has been appointed vice-chancellor of Vidyasagar University, of Midnapore, with effect from December 1. He has been in the teaching profession since August 1967.

Man rescued

Subodh Poddar, a resident of Mogra on the city’s southern fringes, was rescued by the police on Friday. He had been abducted on Friday morning from Salt Lake where he had gone to appear for an interview. Three men — Chandan Patra, Nitish Chowdhury and Paresh Ghosh — who abducted him, demanded a ransom of Rs 10,000 from his brother Rabi. Rabi informed the Bidhannagar South police station that the caller had asked him to wait at a petrol pump in Kankurgachhi with the money. Police set a trap and arrested the three men when they came to collect the ransom. Later, they rescued Poddar.

Heritage Train

Eastern Railway authorities on Friday announced that the Heritage Train, which is drawn by a steam engine and has four heritage coaches, will be run between Howrah and Bandel on Sunday. On the return journey, the train will be drawn by a diesel locomotive.

Metro disrupted

Metro Rail services were disrupted for more than half an hour on Friday morning following disruption in supply of power to the third rail. Trains could not run from 7.40 am to 8.20 am due to this. A Metro spokesperson said the power failure was between Belgachhia station and Noapara carshed. The Down train could not leave Dum Dum terminal station while the Up train was stuck at Shyambazar, he said. Several trains were cancelled and rescheduled owing to the disruption.

Missing girl

A team from Lake Town police station returned from Siliguri on Friday after failing to trace a 14-year-old girl who went missing from her residence on September 23.

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