Two held for death of factory hand Factory partner Sharda Prasad Gupta and works manager N.D. Betal were arrested on Sunday for beating to death factory hand Gopal Shaw. Gupta and Betal, of Kwality Iron Works, in the Golabari police station area, suspected that Gopal had stolen material from the factory and had detained him in their office on September 21. Initial investigations revealed that five workmen had been in the factory when the theft had occurred, but suspicion fell on Gopal, because he fumbled while replying to Gupta and Betal. He was beaten up with iron rods and left on the floor, bleeding profusely. Gopal was later shifted to Howrah General Hospital, where he died on Saturday evening. Gupta and Betal fled the spot. The factory hands staged a protest and union leaders demanded that Gupta and Betal be arrested.
Tangra rubber godown gutted A rubber godown in Tangra was gutted on Sunday morning. The blaze broke out around 5.50 am and raged for three hours, firemen said. There was no report of injuries.
Feather haul Thirty-six kg of peacock feathers, worth about Rs 6,000, was recovered from a Bangkok-bound passenger at the airport on Sunday. The passenger was taken off the flight and let off after paying a fine of Rs 300.
Runaway lovers A 17-year-old boy and his 16-year-old friend were detained in Asansol, where they had fled from their Alipore homes. Police said the duo was in love but their parents disapproved.
Library hours The British Council Library on 16, Camac Street, will remain open on Mondays, from 11 am to 7 pm, with effect from September 30. The library will now be closed only on Sundays.
Thumbs Up O ROTARY CLUB OF CALCUTTA OLD CITY for sponsoring a rehabilitation project for mentally-challenged orphan inmates of Bodhana, a home in Rajarhat