Howrah witness stabbed
Howrah, Nov. 15: The nephew and prime witness in the murder of environment activist Tapan Dutta in Howrah was stabbed tonight at the same Bally spot where his uncle was shot dead.
Pintu Dhar is critical. The 32-year-old was returning home around 11pm when he was attacked with choppers.
Local Trinamul leader Sashti Gayen is an accused in the murder of Dutta, who had set up a citizens’ forum against filling of wetlands. Gayen is out on bail.
Midnapore: Two siblings and their mother suffered severe burns when the sister’s sari caught fire from a lamp while giving bhai phonta in West Midnapore’s Ghatal on Thursday.
Piyali Chatterjee, 24, suffered 80 per cent burns and was admitted to Calcutta Medical College Hospital. Piyali’s mother Shipra, rushed to save her but the 46-year-old’s sari too caught fire. Santanu, 21, suffered burn injuries while trying to save his mother and sister. Shipra was admitted to Ghatal subdivisional hospital while Santanu was taken to a nursing home in the locality.
Shipra’s husband died five years ago. The family’s source of sustenance is the produce from a two-bigha plot.
Tamluk: A labourer was arrested on Thursday on the charge of raping a young deaf-and-mute woman in Haldia. The woman was returning home alone after visiting Kali puja pandals when Amit Ponda, 45, allegedly dragged her into a bush and raped her.
Balurghat: Three bike-borne youths allegedly broke the windowpanes of South Dinajpur Congress chief Nilanjan Roy’s car on Thursday and threatened to kill him.