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The City Diary

Traffic guard run over by state bus

A traffic constable was run over by a West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation bus on Thursday evening. Deb Narayan Sutradhar, who worked for the Tollygunge traffic guard, was hit near Woodlands Hospital. He was taken to SSKM Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. The driver fled with the bus.

Car hijacked at gunpoint

In a daring incident late on Thursday, the driver of a Sumo was thrown out by five passengers, including a woman and her two children, who later sped off with the vehicle. The carjack took place on the approach road to Howrah near Chapsarah, in the Serampore police station area. The driver said a couple had rented his vehicle to offer puja at Tarakeswar. On their way back, just before entering Howrah, the passengers asked him to stop the car at gunpoint. When he tried to resist, he was hit on the head and thrown out. The officer-in-charge of the police station said the driver of the rented vehicle, Debendra Dubey, 42, was admitted to Serampore Walsh Hospital in critical condition. Police have alerted all checkpoints in the area to nab the car and the passengers, who are suspected to be seasoned carjackers.

Court rap for CMC

Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya of Calcutta High Court summoned senior Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC) officials for not carrying out the court’s order directing them to restore the water connection to a building on Free School Street. The CMC had disconnected the water supply for non-payment of property tax.

Truck collision

Three persons died and 10 were injured as a truck filled with sand collided with another truck at Kashyapgarh, near Mahishrekha, in Howrah, on National Highway-6 (Bombay Road). The accident occurred around 1.30 pm after the sand-filled truck lost control, police said. Both drivers fled with the vehicles.

Taxi strike threat

Three taxi-owners’ associations have threatened to launch an indefinite strike from March 20, unless the fares are revised in a hurry. The associations have held a series of meeting with the state transport department, but the talks have made little headway, allege operators. Bimal Guha, secretary of Bengal Taxi Association, said on Thursday: “The government must prepare a fare chart commensurate with the rising cost of fuel and maintenance.”

Driver hurt

Arjun Chhetri, a driver in the wireless section of the city police, was admitted to hospital with serious head injuries. Though he claimed to have suffered the injuries after falling off his bed, investigation revealed a different story. According to police sources, Chhetri got involved in a brawl with his colleagues on Wednesday night. All of them were drunk. In course of the altercation, some of Chhetri’s colleagues broke a bottle on his head.

Killed for land

Chhotu Yadav, a resident of Taratala Road, was shot dead by his uncle in a row over a plot of land at Balia, in Uttar Pradesh, on Thursday. According to police, Chhotu’s uncle Santosh Yadav was issuing threats to his nephew to hand over the plot to him. Sources say Santosh, with some of his accomplices, reached Chhotu’s house in a taxi. When Chhotu stepped out, they fired at him. He was declared dead when taken to a local nursing home.

Hurt in accident

Five persons were injured at Teghoria, on VIP Road, on Thursday afternoon. According to police, the drivers of two private buses were trying to overtake each other. The driver of one of the buses lost control, mounted the pavement and hit pedestrians. The injured were admitted to a nearby health clinic. Both drivers fled leaving the buses behind.

Run over

Dipak Roy, 42, was run over on Wednesday night at the intersection of VIP Road and Jessore Road by a speeding truck.

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O sarada seva sangha for distributing equipment among handicapped persons on its premises near Mandirtala, Howrah
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