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Experts slam pollution board

The West Bengal Pollution Control Board has failed in its role to prevent environmental degradation, alleged prominent environment experts and activists on Friday.

The activists — under the aegis of Sabuj Mancha, a platform for environmental organisations and individuals — filed a “green chargesheet” against the board in which they alleged a number of “irregularities” and even “fudging” of data by the board.

The activists urged chief minister Mamata Banerjee to intervene in the board’s operations. “We feel the board and green regulations would collapse unless the chief minister intervenes immediately,” said an activist.

The board has done “nothing to contain pollution from sponge iron units”, the “chargesheet” alleges.

“I agree the board is not playing any positive role.… We find that pollution is being actually encouraged rather than controlled,” said activist Subhas Datta. The board’s secretary, Sandipan Mukherjee, refused to comment.

Woman attacked

A woman was attacked by residents of Ahiripukur in Karaya on Friday afternoon on the suspicion of being a child lifter. Police rescued her and took her to hospital. Preliminary investigation suggests she is not a child lifter, said a police source.