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Children hurt in bottle explosion

lThree children were injured in Beleghata on Friday when a bottle they were playing with exploded. The children were playing in a field, when they saw the bottle and picked it up. They hurled it against a wall and it immediately exploded. On hearing the explosion, local people came running and found the children seriously injured. They took all three to Nilratan Sirkar Hospital in a serious condition, where the right hand of one had to be amputated. Police are probing how the bottle was left there and what it contained.

Trade bandh called

The Joint Committee of West Bengal Trade Bodies has given a call for a trade bandh on Saturday. According to members of the joint committee, the bandh has been called to protest the “abrupt increase” in trade licence fees and electricity charges and the government’s proposal to introduce the value-added tax (VAT) system from April 1.

Body found

Uttam Chakraborty, 25, was found dead at New Barrackpore, on the northern fringes of the city, early on Friday. Police said on Thursday night he left his house but did not return. Later in the day, his body was found in a field. There was a revolver beside him. Police said his wife died an unnatural death last year. Since then, he had stayed away from home. He returned only on Thursday.

Godown gutted

A fire broke out in a paint godown at Pilkhana, in Howrah, on Friday. Fire brigade sources said the blaze started around 7.30 am and two engines brought the fire under control. On Thursday, another fire had broken out in the same godown and 10 fire engines were pressed into service. On both days there was no report of any casualties. The causes of the fires are unknown.

Road mishap

Prasanta Adhya, a 52-year-old morning walker, was killed near the Maidan early on Friday when he was hit by a Tata Sumo. Police said the car was being driven by a youth who was learning how to drive. The Maidan police have seized the car and arrested the youth.

Held for murder

Four youth were arrested at Habra, in North 24-Parganas, on Friday in connection with the murder of a taxi driver. Police alleged that on March 9, the youths killed the taxi driver, Mohammed Atiar Rahaman, and drove off with the cab.

Gangs clash

Three persons were injured at Panchanantala, in the Lake area, on Friday when a clash broke out between two gangs. They exchanged fire and hurled bombs at each other. No one was arrested.

Tax-hike protest

Members of the West Bengal Contract Carriage Owners’ and Operators’ Association, the major school and chartered bus operators’ body in the city, will submit a memorandum to chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Monday to protest a five-fold increase in permit fees and a “sharp increase” in road tax, among other things.

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