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The City Diary

Rajarhat-Howrah Metro link meet

The Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC) roads department submitted its observations on the draft route proposal of the Rs 4,000-crore Metro Railway link planned between Rajarhat and Ramrajatala, in Howrah. The railway link is slated to go under the Hooghly. The report was submitted at a meeting convened by the state transport department at Writers’ Buildings on Monday. Representatives from the railways, CMC, Howrah Improvement Trust, Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority and the police were invited to look at the route proposals, prepared by the Japanese consultants. Funds for the proposed Metro Railway link will be provided by a Japanese bank as a soft loan.

Man held with fake currency

The city police arrested a Bangladeshi national at Mechuapatti, in the Jorasanko police station area, on Monday evening and seized 120 fake Indian currency notes of Rs 100 denomination. Timir Bhattacharya, officer-in-charge of Jorasanko police station, said Mohammad Raju, the arrested man, was trying to buy fruits with a fake Rs 100 note. During the course of interrogation, Raju confessed that he had collected the fake notes from a Kathmandu-based businessman. “He used to visit the city frequently by crossing the Indo-Bangladesh border illegally, carrying hundreds of fake Indian currency notes. We are looking for the Calcutta agents linked with Raju,” Bhattacharya added.

Women run over

Two women were run over on Monday in separate incidents. There was tension on BT Road, in Cossipore, when Sikha Chakroborty, 45, was killed by a truck on Monday afternoon. According to police, the accident occurred when the victim, riding a bicycle, was returning home with a friend. As news of the accident spread, local residents threw stones at the killer truck. They tried to set the vehicle ablaze. But officials from Cossipore police station rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. The driver of the truck managed to flee. In another incident, a 25-year-old woman was knocked down by a bus on 30C/1 route while trying to cross APC Road at around 8 am on Monday. Nassema Khatun was admitted to Nilratan Sircar Hospital with serious injuries on her head and spinal cord. The bus was later stopped at Moulali and the driver was arrested.

Train cancelled

The Howrah-Chennai Central-Howrah special trains leaving Howrah on November 12 and Chennai on November 14 stand cancelled because of “poor patronage”, a Southern Railway press release said on Monday.

Clinic ransacked

Police resorted to lathicharge to disperse a mob at a nursing home in Keshtopur, on the city’s northern fringes. Relatives of a woman who died at the nursing home on Sunday night went on the rampage. Police said the woman was admitted on Saturday with measles.

Power cuts

The city and its adjoining areas suffered intermittent power cuts on Monday evening following restriction in supply to the CESC grid by the state electricity board (SEB). The deficit in the CESC-served areas shot up to around 80 mw. An official of the SEB said supply to the CESC grid was affected because of poor generation at the Farakka units of the National Thermal Power Corporation.

Hardware haul

Computer hardware worth Rs 6.5 lakh was stolen from a shop on Ganesh Chandra Avenue on Sunday night. Investigations revealed that some employees of the shop might be connected with the theft, according to officers of Bowbazar police station.

Airport intruder

CISF guards intercepted a man near the Indian Airlines canteen in the domestic terminal of the airport on Monday. Surojit Kumar Ghosh, of Pandua, Hooghly, confessed to entering the airport without a permit. He was handed over to the airport police for interrogation. CISF deputy commandant Neelima Rani Singh said Ghosh was mentally unsound. Police will move court on Tuesday, requesting treatment for him.

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