Surprise visit to busy roads
Madan Mitra, the new transport minister, has promised to inspect busy roads to curb rash driving. “Me and the officials of my department will make surprise visits to various thoroughfares of Calcutta. We will capture rash-driving and other offences on video camera. We will catch them red-handed and impose heavy fines,” Mitra said at Writers’ Buildings, after taking over as transport minister. “The chief minister is keen to ensure that there are no accidents. The transport department will co-ordinate with police to achieve that.”
The minister said monthly sessions would be organised at Netaji Indore Stadium for union leaders, public transport drivers and commuters to voice grievances.
Crude bombs found
Nine crude bombs were found in a bag near a school on Tiljala Road after a clash in which a Trinamul Congress office and a Trinamul supporter’s shop were allegedly ransacked.
"Around 9.30am, a group ransacked a party office at Darapara (in ward 59) and a meat shop was vandalised in retaliation,” said a senior officer in Lalbazar.
Later in the day, a bag containing crude bombs was found outside a school in Darapara. “Someone had left the bombs to create panic and divert attention from the earlier incident. We are looking into both the cases,” said a senior police officer.
Duo beaten up
A woman and her son were beaten up by men allegedly hired by a promoter in Selimpur on Wednesday evening. Aruna Sarkar, 64, and Samir Sarkar, 40, live in a shanty in Selimpur Lane. They had refused to vacate the plot where promoter Tarak Halder wanted to build an apartment. The duo alleged that Halder had hired goons to intimidate them. They were admitted to hospital.
Two women had committed suicide in the city since Tuesday night. Shova Devi Shaw, 52, a resident of Tiljala Lane, was found hanging in her room late on Tuesday. She was declared dead at a local nursing home.
Sabita Chatterjee, 24, set herself on fire inside her Haridevpur flat on Wednesday morning. Police broke open the door and brought Sabita out. She was declared dead at MR Bangur Hospital.
A fire broke out in the central kitchen of SSKM Hospital around 9.30pm on Wednesday. Two tenders doused the flames in 15 minutes. The fire started when flames from an oven lit up waste paper lying near it, said cops.
Howrah’s Chandmari, six persons, including four children from a family, were admitted to hospital with burn injuries after a fire broke out in their home on Wednesday morning. Preliminary reports suggest a leak in an LPG cylinder started the fire. Two tenders took over 30 minutes to douse the flames.
An excise department team seized more than 200 litres of spirit and other ingredients needed to make country liquor after raiding hooch units in New Barrackpore on Wednesday.
South Eastern Railway will run three pairs of special trains between Shalimar and Puri from January 21 to 28 to tackle passenger rush. The trains will leave Shalimar on January 21, 25 and 27 and the corresponding return trains will start from Puri on January 22, 26 and 28.
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