Landlords must file tenant profile form
Landlords must file tenant profile form
New unit sparks school rampage
Double crackdown nets five
Mystery shrouds nurse death
State clinic plan
Witness roped in for Trinamul rally
Man held for jewellery theft
Telenipara rocked again
NGOs allege frame-up
Paswan lifeline for sick mines

Calcutta, April 6: 
The Calcutta Police issued a circular on Friday making it mandatory for all landlords to provide information about their new tenants to the local police. Failure to do so would invite prosecution, it added. The circular follows a Central government directive issued to the state governments in the wake of increased terrorist activities all over the country.

City police commissioner Sujoy Chakraborty said the order was �a warning to all unscrupulous landlords who let out their premises to persons with dubious backgrounds for money�.

�There have been several cases where landlords have let out their premises for a hefty sum despite being aware of their tenant�s shady antecedents. Later on, these people have turned out to be criminals or terrorists. This circular is aimed to curb such practices,� Chakraborty said. But people with respectable background and good reputation need not worry, he stated.

According to the new rule, a landlord will have to fill up a �residential tenants� profile form� available at the local police station as soon as he lets out his house. In the form, the landlord will have to mention the tenant�s name, occupation, place of work and his background, as well as furnish a photograph of the person.

The city police chief has directed the officers-in-charge of all police stations to inform the people residing in their jurisdiction about the circular. The notice will also be put up at the offices of the deputy commissioners and the local police stations. Notification of the new law will be printed in leading newspapers. Clubs will be roped in to spread awareness about the new law. �The local clubs play a vital role in our plans. They are the neighbourhood-watchers and can become the ears and eyes of the police,� the commissioner added. The tenants themselves are expected to provide details to the local police station, a senior official said.

Starting from a string of abduction cases in the past few years, including the kidnapping of Khadim�s vice-chairman Parthapratim Roy Burman, to the American Center attack, Calcutta Police had to face a tough time in locating the hide-outs of the criminals.

�On most occasions, we found out that the terrorists stayed in posh neighbourhoods to fool the police. They constantly change addresses. We need to step up vigil,� said a senior police official of the detective department�s anti-rowdy squad.

Apart from Jamaluddin Nasir who had rented several apartments in the name of Aftab Ansari, the Dubai mastermind behind the American Center attack, several Mumbai-based criminals have taken shelter in Calcutta.

One of the biggest catches of the detective department in recent times, Chikna Gaffar, used to shuttle between several north Calcutta houses, posing as a trader.

�The exercise of maintaining records of tenants has proved to be successful in Delhi and Mumbai. There is no reason why it should not work here,� the commissioner added.


Calcutta, April 6: 
A group of youths went on the rampage at a government-aided high school at Dum Dum Park, in the Lake Town area, on Saturday morning.

Police said the incident was the fall-out of a conflict between the authorities of the government-aided Krishnapur Adarsha Vidyamandir and Dum Dum Park Adarsha Vidyabithi, a private primary school.

The high school authorities had taken up a project to start a primary section on their premises. But Lucky Sinha, a teacher in Dum Dum Park Adarsha Vidyabithi, moved court against the plan. A high court directive prohibited the school authorities from collecting fees from prospective students till April 11, the next date of hearing.

Saturday�s incident occurred around 9.30 am when about 150 guardians had gathered in front of the main gate of Vidyamandir for a meeting with the authorities over the legal implications of the issue.

�We wanted to inform the guardians about the court ruling and had asked them to meet us. I was talking to some of them when about 25 youths stormed my room and started ransacking the office. They threw papers and books kept on my table. When two teachers rushed to my rescue, the rowdies pushed them aside,� said Rahman.

Mrinal Kanti Bhowmik, former joint secretary of the municipal affairs department and secretary of the school, said: �I was on the first floor and rushed downstairs on hearing the noise. Four youths surrounded me and threatened me with dire consequences.�

Nimai Mandal, a member teacher of the school managing committee, was preparing a list of the guardians when he was attacked. �Two youths snatched the papers and ordered me to stop work immediately,� he said.

The gang beat up the security guard of Vidyamandir and assaulted the teachers. They also threatened the parents and the managing committee members with dire consequences if they went ahead with the plan to set up the primary section.

The Lake Town police were informed of the rampage as soon as the youths left the spot, but a police team arrived an hour and a half later. No arrest has been made in this connection.

Rahman alleged that the Adarsha Vidyabithi authorities had masterminded the attack. �They are opposing our plans to set up another primary school in the area,� he said.

However, Sinha, the Vidyabithi teacher, said the allegations were �baseless�. �The local people are against their plan to set up another primary school. So they staged a peaceful demonstration there,� she claimed.


Calcutta, April 6: 
In raids conducted in the past 24 hours, Calcutta Police netted five criminals who were planning a series of abductions and extortions in the city.

Following a complaint lodged by a city businessman that he was receiving regular threat calls to shell out Rs 10 lakh, a team from the anti-rowdy squad of the detective department was standing watch at his house.

A caller-line identification machine had been installed at the businessman�s Karaya residence a few days ago.

On tapping a few calls, the team found out that they were made from a booth on J.L. Nehru Road in the Chowinghee area. �The callers rang up on Friday to inform the businessman about the place where the payment was to be made. We were waiting for the call,� an officer said.

A team was despatched to the booth from where Moloy Mahato and Raju Das were arrested. A revolver was seized from them. Both Das and Mahato are residents of Thakurpukur.

�During interrogation, the duo disclosed plans to abduct the businessman within a few days,� said the officer.

In another incident, the Taltala police raided a hideout and picked up three accomplices of arrested gangster Mohammad Rashid Alam, alias Gabbar, on Saturday. The trio � Ajay Singh, Pappu and Raju � was reportedly extorting money from local businessmen for the past few months.

On Saturday, the three were caught while trying to rob a trader near Taltala. �The criminals have revealed the whereabouts of their associates,� a senior officer said.

�Even after Gabbar�s arrest, his associates were carrying on criminal activities in the area. The trio has confessed that Gabbar was hatching extortion plans from his cell,� the officer added.

Documents lost: A Bangkok-bound passenger, Bimal Kanti Pal, lost his passport, air ticket and boarding pass at the security lounge of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport on Saturday. He was waiting to board the flight. The passenger, later lodged a complaint with the airport police station.


Calcutta, April 6: 
A 31-year-old nurse was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a city hostel.

Uma Kundu, a nurse with a city hospital, returned to her hostel room on Friday afternoon after taking the nursing promotion examination. She was �unhappy� with her performance and left for the hostel around 2 pm, hospital sources said.

According to the police, Kundu, a resident of Barasat, in North 24-Parganas, was �disturbed� over the past few days. Hostel inmates said she had been upset ever since �a few mysterious visitors� called on her recently.

On Friday evening, the police received a call saying that Kundu had set herself ablaze in her room. She was taken to hospital where doctors pronounced her brought dead. No suicide note was found.

�It seems that she had kept a bottle of kerosene with her. We will conduct a probe,� said DC (south) Kuldip Singh.


Calcutta, April 6: 
Health minister Suryakanta Mishra on Saturday said the government planned to set up a medical institute in Bengal modelled on AIIMS, Delhi. This was part of the government�s efforts to modernise the infrastructure of hospitals across the state.

Speaking at a seminar organised by Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Mishra said he would write to his counterpart in Delhi, C.P. Thakur, in this connection.

There were also plans to conduct a statewide survey in the district hospitals. Development of infrastructural facilities in rural areas would help stem the flow of patients to the city hospitals, the minister said.


Calcutta, April 6: 
Abdur Rahman Mondal alias Bakhtar, the prime witness to the Chhoto Angaria incident, will be the �star attraction� of Wednesday�s rally at Sahid Minar.

The rally has been organised to �remind� people of the incident in which over a dozen Trinamul activists were allegedly massacred by CPM supporters last year. The Trinamul is looking to cash in on the Chhoto Angaria case, sensing that the CBI report, which will be placed before the high court, might unearth the �true story�. This is expected to boost the party�s chances in the panchayat elections due next year.

Sources said the Trinamul leadership might ask Bakhtar to publicly narrate the incident which had occurred in his house in January 2001.

According to sources, the party apprehends an attack on Bakhtar who has been staying at a Trinamul camp on J.L. Nehru Road without any police protection ever since an explosion destroyed his house in Chhoto Angaria.

Trinamul supporters say the city police are responsible for Bakhtar�s security. But the police have no immediate plan to provide him cover. �We don�t have any such instruction,� police chief Sujoy Chakraborty said on Saturday. However, the police are ready to consider a proposal if protection is sought for Bakhtar.


Calcutta, April 6: 
A man was arrested on Saturday for stealing Rs 6.5 lakh from a jewellery shop on N.S. Road a few days ago. Police said Ramnath Shau was picked up from his south Calcutta residence and Rs 10,000 recovered from him. Shau has been remanded in police custody till April 18.

Concert: The annual festival of Saptasur will be held at Sarat Sadan, Behala, on Sunday. The programme will feature the Kolkata Raag Rhythm band and a recital by Ustad Rashid Khan.


Hooghly, April 6: 
Rival groups clashed again this morning at Telenipara in Hooghly with bomb, pushing up the political temperature that soared after a BJP leader was arrested for yesterday�s clashes.

One person had died of splinter and bullet wounds in the area and several were injured after police opened fire yesterday to disperse groups that fought a pitched battle over a tap-water feud.

A police contingent reached Segurbagan in Telenipara immediately after the renewed trouble and nabbed 20 people, taking the total number of the arrests to 70.

Another police party went to nearby Tantipara to look for Lalbabu Sau, a local BJP leader who was wanted in connection with yesterday�s clashes.

A large number of women, including Sau�s mother, demonstrated in front of Bhadreswar police station after his arrest, demanding his immediate release. The police, however, refused to release the BJP leader and persuaded the women to disperse.

Most people in the locality preferred to remain indoors. There was a palpable sense of panic in the area.

Yesterday, 35-year-old Rajkumar Chowdhury had been killed. Twelve shops were also burned down.

So far, 22 families have abandoned their houses in Telenipara and Gondalpara as a large police team led by inspector-general of police (western range) Jitram Bhagat searched the area for rioters.

District superintendent of police N. Ramesh Babu said the state armed police, Eastern Frontier Rifles jawans and Rapid Action Force personnel were camping in the area.

Trinamul Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee has directed party MP from Serampore Akbar Ali Khondekar to keep a close watch on the situation and spare no effort to maintain peace and order.

Pankaj Banerjee, leader of Opposition in the Assembly, said he had sought a report from local party workers on the eruption of violence.

The state BJP reacted predictably to the arrest of its district leader. Muzaffar Khan, Bengal BJP vice-president, said the police were trying to cover up their failure to tackle the law and order problems by arresting Sau.

�Our party was aware of the local problems and had submitted a memorandum to the local police station after Muharram. However, the police failed to deal with the situation as tension mounted in the area yesterday. Instead of trying to bring the situation under control, the police resorted to unprovoked lathicharge and firing,� he alleged.


Calcutta, April 6: 
The boss of a Bolpur-based NGO and his associate were charged with parading in the nude a housewife. But members of various NGOs claimed Kunal Deb was innocent and that he had been framed by �vested interests�.

Kunal and his associate Bhuju Ram were arrested on Tuesday on the basis of a complaint lodged by a tribal woman with the Bolpur police station on March 13, about three weeks after the incident was stated to have taken place. On Thursday, the two were produced before the Rampurhat court and remanded in police custody till April 17.

In the FIR, the victim alleged that she was paraded in the nude in the presence of Kunal, Bhuju and other villagers for having an extra-marital affair.

However, Kunal�s associates insist that he could not have been present when � and if � the incident took place. They claim on that day he was in Calcutta to attend a meeting of his NGO, Uthneya.

They alleged he had been framed by some stone-quarry owners as he was fighting against their �exploitation of tribal women and use of child labour�.

Naba Dutta, secretary of city-based NGO, Nagarik Mancha, alleged: �Stone-quarry owners in the Bolpur area are after him. They had issued a number of threats to him. We believe they framed him after getting the police to cooperate.�

Kunal�s associates asked why the tribal woman waited three weeks to report the �incident�. �Obviously there is something strange going on here,� Dutta said.

Echoing Dutta, Shubhendu Dasgupta, a Calcutta University professor, said Kunal was in Calcutta when the �incident� took place at Bolpur. �We know Kunal for a long time; he could never have done such a thing,� he said.


Siliguri, April 6: 
With Coal India bouncing back into profitability this year, the Centre will explore all possibilities of reviving most of the 22 loss-making mines of Eastern Coalfields Ltd in Bengal, Union coal minister Ram Vilas Paswan said here today.

En route to Chachung in west Sikkim this morning, Paswan said: �Though Coal India had proposed to shut down 22 loss-making ECL mines in the sate, my ministry has yet to take any decision without going into the pros and cons.�

�Efforts will be made to revive the mines we find viable. I have assured the Bengal government and trade union leaders that the ministry will explore all avenues to revive the units in the state,� he added.

The Union minister is on a two-day visit to Sikkim where he is scheduled to inaugurate a home for destitute children.


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