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Missing girl’s body found

The body of a Class XII girl, who had gone missing on Thursday, was found in a pond off Bagjola canal in Baranagar on Friday afternoon.

Puja Shau, a student at a north Calcutta school, left her Baranagar home for tuition on Thursday evening. When she did not return till late, her uncle lodged a missing complaint with Baranagar police station.

Puja’s father Kishori Shau, a phuchka vendor, is a widower and lives in Tangra. Puja stayed with her aunt in Baranagar.

On Friday morning, residents spotted a school bag and shoes on the banks of Bagjola canal and alerted police. The body, however, was fished out of a pond adjoining the canal in Daktarbagan, about 5km from Puja’s home.

"We had to deploy divers to fish out the body,” said Kalyan Mukherjee, the deputy commissioner (detective department), Barrackpore commisionerate.

The body, an officer said, did not bear any injury marks. Preliminary probe suggests suicide.

Hand chopped off: A drunk man chopped off his friend’s wrist during a brawl in Howrah’s Domjur on Thursday night. According to police, Madan Bachal, 35, was drinking with Sandip Das in a roadside shack when the two got into a fight. Sandip allegedly attacked Madan with a sharp knife and chopped off his left hand from the wrist. Madan was taken to Howrah District Hospital. Sandip is absconding, said cops.

Found dead: Abhijit Das, a 55-year-old share broker, was found dead at his Cornfield Road house in Gariahat on Friday morning. Police sources said a foul smell prompted neighbours to alert them. Cops broke open the front door and found Das’s decomposed body. Police said there were no external injury marks on the body.

Wheat seized: Police seized 2,300 tonnes of wheat worth Rs 2.75 crore from a godown in Kantapukur on Friday. The wheat meant for people below the poverty line had been smuggled from a Food Corporation of India godown, an officer said. It had been stocked in 46,000 bags.