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Three dead on Kashmir tour

Three women from Howrah, who were part of a seven-member group holidaying in Kashmir, died on Monday morning when the Tavera they were travelling in collided with a Tata 407 at Ramdand, on the way from Srinagar to Jammu. The driver of the Tavera also died. he other members have been admitted to hospital. The dead have been identified as 13-year-old Sneha Maity, Ruby Khamrui, 35, and Mira Khamrui, 65. he group had put up with Srinagar resident and shawl trader Himu Shaw, whom they had befriended on his business trips to Calcutta. Shaw, who had seen off the tourists in the morning, came to know about the accident around 2.30pm on Monday. He identified the bodies around 8pm.

Snag delays Metro

A Dum Dum-bound Metro rake was stalled at Central station for eight minutes on Monday afternoon after sparks were spotted coming out of a fan inside a coach. The train moved after the snag was repaired. Metro services were affected because of the delay.

Cricket betting

Lalit Tulsiyan, a suspect in a cricket-betting case, led police to a house in Howrah’s Baikuntha Chatterjee Lane on Monday, from where cops seized Rs 7,35,000. Tulsiyan was picked up from a flat in Howrah’s Shantikunj Apartment along with three others on Friday.

Haj pilgrims

Six hundred pilgrims, in two batches of 300, left the city for Haj on two Saudia Airlines flights on Monday. The Airport Authority of India set up five check-in counters, five immigration counters and two customs counters for the Haj flights. Six foreign exchange counters and two shamianas have also been set up.

Duo held

Police arrested Pappu Yadav and Rajesh Chowdhury from an abandoned jute mill in Naihati, on the northern fringes, and seized five country-made revolvers and five rounds of cartridges from their possession on Sunday night. The duo were wanted in several cases, including extortion and assault on a local councillor, said a police officer.

Wrong address

Police discovered that the address of a woman, provided by four youths who had admitted her to Vidyasagar Hospital on Saturday, did not exist. The youths had registered the name of the woman as Bani Chakraborty and given a Haridevpur address. The patient had suffered a cardiac arrest. n Monday afternoon when the woman died and nobody turned up to claim her body the cops went to the address registered with the hospital and found that it was fake. The body has been kept in the hospital morgue in case someone turns up to identify her.

Molested

A 34-year-old woman was allegedly molested by the owner of a roadside eatery near the GPO on Monday afternoon. The eatery owner, A.N. Thomas, was arrested after the woman, who runs a beauty parlour in Behala, lodged a complaint.

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