Fire guts floor of VIP Road building
A fire broke out in a six-storeyed building at Golaghata, off VIP Road, on Monday morning. The blaze gutted the entire fourth floor, but no injuries were reported because there are no residences on that floor. Eight fire tenders took an hour to douse the flames.
"We noticed the flames on the fourth floor of Ganga Jamuna building, commonly known as Nut-Khut building after a restaurant it housed. We informed police and the fire brigade. The firemen reached the spot within half an hour,” said Dinesh Jain, a resident of VIP Tower, an adjacent building. Residents of the area said there had been two more fires in the building in the past two months.
Firemen claimed the oil stored in one of the rooms might have helped the blaze to spread. “It seems that an electrical short-circuit ignited the oil stocked in the room. We can pinpoint the exact cause only after an investigation,” said Bibhas Guha, divisional fire officer.
Molestation twin probes The superintendent of Howrah District Hospital and the chief medical officer of health formed two committees to investigate the molestation case of Babita Sarkar on Sunday. Shah Alam, a Group-D employee, allegedly molested Babita, who was recuperating at the female surgical ward. Shah Alam was booked under sections 376 and 511 and sent to 14 days’ judicial custody on Monday.
Trailer mishap Shamsul Haq, a trailer driver, was run over by his own trailer on Monday afternoon, while he was working under it. Police said Haq’s trailer was hit by another. He was crushed under its wheels. Haq was rushed to SSKM Hospital, where he died. No one was arrested.
Attacked Mohammad Nizam, a resident of Ram Lochan Mullick Lane, in Mechhua Phalpatty, in the Jorasanko police station area, was on Monday attacked by an unidentified youth, who slashed his wrists with a blade. A probe has been launched.
Clean water A high court division bench, comprising Chief Justice S.S. Nijjar and Justice P.C. Ghosh, on Monday directed the director of the Institute of Hygiene and Public Health to appear in court on Tuesday, to explain the method that could make the potable water supplied by the civic authorities bacteria-free. The court said only technical experts can enlighten it. An affidavit was submitted by the Howrah Municipal Corporation admitting its inability to supply bacteria-free water.
Run over by bus Manohar Mullick, 69, was run over and killed by a private bus on route 3B at the crossing of Aurobindo Sarani and APC Road, near Khanna Cinema, on Monday afternoon. The bus driver was arrested and the vehicle impounded.
Suicide Pampa Naskar, 25, committed suicide at her Rajdanga residence, in Kasba, on Monday morning. Police said Pampa was suffering from depression. No suicide note was found.
To Howrah Welfare Trust for installing a mobile drinking water van