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The City Diary

CPM strongman denied bail

Calcutta High Court on Tuesday rejected the bail prayer of Dulal Banerjee, expelled CPM strongman of Dum Dum who had been convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by a city trial court for masterminding two murders. The bail plea of Krishnendu Ghosh, co-accused in the case, was also rejected. Appearing for Banerjee, advocate Dilip Dutta told the court that his client had been falsely implicated in the case as a fallout of intra-party conspiracy. Banerjee was arrested on April 12, 2002, for his alleged involvement in the murder of Chandan Chakraborty and Sanjeeb Goswami of Noapara, under the Dum Dum police station. On August 29, 2003, the Alipore Court convicted him for murder and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

Youth shot at in Phoolbagan

A 19-year-old-youth, Imran Khan, was shot at on Tuesday afternoon on Phoolbagan Road in the Beniapukur police station area near his house. According to police sources, Khan, who hails from Calcutta, is an employee of a shoe company in Hyderabad. He had come on leave to visit his parents. Khan claimed he was shot at by a member of the family with which he stays as a paying guest in Hyderabad. He underwent a surgery at Chittaranjan Hospital to remove the bullet from his waist.

Kerosene quota

All consumers of Calcutta and Salt Lake who have not drawn their weekly quota of kerosene oil in the last week of November, have been requested through a circular by the state government to draw it from their respective outlets between December 1 and 7. The distribution of kerosene oil for the last month of the year will start from December 8.

Bodies found

Two bodies were found at Panighat near Babughat on Tuesday morning. Police said one of them was Nanda Raut, a 40-year-old fire department worker, missing since Saturday. The other decomposed body could not be identified.

Smart card launch

The government has fixed January 26 as a “tentative date” when smart cards for car owners in the city would be launched. The cards, carrying a microchip, will store all necessary information about the car and its owner.

Tax raid arrests

Six more persons were arrested on Tuesday morning in connection with Monday’s incident in which income-tax officials and cops were assaulted when they went to conduct a raid in Rabindranagar and Metiabruz, on the southern fringes of the city.

Park scheme

The Corporation has taken up a Rs 12-lakh scheme to turn more than 100 cottahs of unclaimed land with a waterbody on Dhanadebi Khanna Road, on the northeastern fringes of the city, into a park with a swimming pool. Mayor Subrata Mukherjee visited the site on Tuesday. MP Ajit Panja has allotted Rs 5 lakh from his local area development fund for the project.

Road mishaps

Road accidents claimed two lives in the city on Tuesday. A 60-year-old unidentified woman was run over in the morning near the Behala tram depot by a bus on route SD 27. The driver of the bus was arrested and the vehicle impounded. A 50-year-old unidentified man was run over in the afternoon on Rashbehari Avenue by a private luxury bus. The driver fled with the bus.

Medical workshop

Doctors will attend a workshop at the RTIICS on Wednesday on the efficacy of the drug-eluting stent, a device used in the management of coronary artery disease.

Metro services hit

Metro Rail services were hit during the day as some rakes developed technical snags. As a result, five Up and two Down trains were rescheduled.

Archaeologist dies

Archaeologist Debala Mitra died in Calcutta on Tuesday. She was 78. Mitra served as the director general of Archaeological Survey of India from 1975 to 1983.

Thumbs Up


TO Wing Commander S.S. Dholiya and his NCC team for winning an air race organised by the Aeronautical Society of India

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