The first of the 23 baggage scanners to be installed at Metro stations started operation at Park Street station on Wednesday evening. Any baggage considered suspicious will be put through the scanner, said a Metro official. Manual checking and scanning by hand-held and doorframe metal detectors will continue. All the scanners will be operational by Puja, said the official.
Suicide bid: An assistant sub-inspector attempted suicide at Writersí Buildings on Wednesday evening. The man in his mid-40s was found lying on a bench on the first floor with his left forearm slashed. He was taken to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, where his condition became stable, said doctors.
Rescued: A 16-year-old girl trafficked from Agra was rescued from a brothel in north Calcutta on Wednesday. Khushma Singh, 35, has been arrested for allegedly running the sleaze racket.
Idol arrest: Chandan Chakraborty and Subrata Chowdhury were arrested in Salt Lake for possessing a Krishna idol allegedly smuggled from Bangladesh. Police said the idol might be an antique item.
Bail granted: The high court granted anticipatory bail to CPM zonal committee secretary of Jadavpur, Khokon Ghosh Dastidar, and wife Chandana on Wednesday in connection with a case lodged by the Baghajatin INTTUC committee alleging that the duo, along with other party members, had forcefully occupied their union office on September 13.
Slashed: Two bike-borne youths allegedly slashed the hand of Trishna Mukherjee, 58, after failing to snatch her gold chain in Sodepur on Wednesday evening.