Stalls gutted at fairground
A fire gutted around 10 stalls that had been set up for Lexpo on the Salt Lake stadium grounds around 1.30pm on Tuesday (picture below). Lexpo ended on Monday and the workers were dismantling the stalls when the fire broke out. Firemen suspect the flames started from a cigarette stub. No one was injured. Later, a fire broke out on the ground floor of a three-storeyed building on Prinsep Street. Firemen said sparks from a electrical meter box started the fire. Smoke soon engulfed the area. Two tenders doused the fire within 20 minutes.
Two in girl kidnap net
Two youths were arrested in Nadia on Tuesday for allegedly abducting a girl studying in Class IX from near her home in Shyampukur. According to a complaint lodged by family members of the girl, she was picked up from near her house and taken out of the city forcibly. The family did not receive any ransom call. Police rescued the girl from a house in Shantipur, Nadia. The arrested youths were identified as Bunty Biswas and Rocky Sonkar.
Six men were arrested in New Town and copper wires worth nearly Rs 10 lakh that had been robbed from the township were recovered from them on Tuesday. The gang had allegedly stolen the wires from Akandakeshari power sub-station in New Town, holding the two security guards and the officials at gunpoint. The six were produced in the Barasat ACJM court on Tuesday and remanded in police custody.
The New Delhi-bound 12381 Poorva Express, scheduled to leave Howrah at 8.20am on Wednesday, has been rescheduled to 3.05pm because of late running of the corresponding Down train.
A trader was beaten up by a group of youths after he refused to pay Saraswati puja subscription at Ghola, on the northern fringes of the city, on Tuesday. The youths had asked for Rs 21 from Subhas Santra. Traders blocked the Madhyamgram-Sodepur road for nearly an hour to protest the assault.
A gang shot at Abhijit Maji, 28, a resident of Salap under Howrah’s Domjur police station, on Tuesday afternoon. Maji has been admitted to a nursing home in Bankra in a critical condition. Police said Maji was passing through Salap Bazaar when the three youths on a bike accosted him and one of them shot him in the abdomen. No one has been arrested.
A youth died and two others were critically injured when a bus hit the motorcycle they were riding on National Highway 6, near Howrah’s Bankra, late on Monday. Sukanta Belel, Dilip Chal and Raju Khan were on their way home to Panchanantala. Sukanta died on the spot. Chal and Khan were admitted to Domjur Gramin Hospital in a critical condition and later shifted to SSKM Hospital.
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