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Train luggage van catches fire

Calcutta (PTI): Passengers of the Bilaspur-Tata-Danapur Link Express had a narrow escape when its luggage van caught fire near Kansbahl station on the Jharsuguda-Rourkella section on Thursday.

There was, however, no casualty as the luggage van was immediately detached from the train, a South-Eastern Railway spokesman said.

The incident occurred around 1.50 pm near Rourkella when the fire was noticed in the luggage van, next to the engine. The fire was immediately extinguished and the train resumed its journey after being detained for about an hour, the spokesman added.

Senior railway officials rushed to the spot, he said, adding that the cause of the fire and the extent of the damage were being ascertained.

On Wednesday, a fire broke out in the engine of a train on way to Fazilka from Ferozepur. All its 400 passengers had a close shave as the driver stopped the train on noticing the fire.

Shilpa’s mother gets bail

Mumbai: A sessions court has granted anticipatory bail to Sunanda Shetty, who along with husband Surendra, has been accused of using the underworld to recover their actress daughter, Shilpa’s modelling dues from a Surat-based sari company, reports our correspondent.

Shilpa’s secretary, Bhupinder Singh Sachdev, said Sunanda would seek regular bail from a Surat court by June 12 as the extortion case against the Shettys has been lodged at the Umra police station there.

While Sachdev appeared in court personally on Thursday, Shettys’ lawyer H.H. Nagi said Sunanda could not present herself before sessions judge Hemant Deshpande as she “has been admitted in a hospital in Dubai’.’

Nagi said Sunanda, who left India on May 15 to accompany her daughter to film festivals at Johannesburg and Cannes, suffered from hypertension and vertigo. The Shetty family doctor, who was called to Paris, had advised Sunanda bed rest, the lawyer said.

Nagi said Surendra’s plea for regular bail is yet to be heard. He had sought, and received, transitory bail from a Mumbai court on May 16. The plea may be heard tomorrow.

An FIR filed by Pankaj Agarwal, the owner of Prafful Sarees, charges Surendra and Sunanda with soliciting “help’’ from a Malaysia-based don, Fazlur Rehman, to extort Rs 2 crore from the sari manufacturer.

Doctor’s clinic raided, 4 held

Patna (PTI): Police raided a doctor’s clinic here late on Wednesday night and arrested four persons with illegal arms and ammunition.

On a tip-off, the police raided the clinic of child specialist Dr Utpal Kant Singh on Nala Road and arrested four persons, including Singh’s driver, compounder, guard and another staff, town deputy superintendent of police R.K. Dubey said.

He said one 9 mm pistol, 3 country-made revolvers and 12 live cartridges were recovered from the clinic. Singh was not at his clinic during the raid.

Japan polio aid

New Delhi (PTI): Japan has agreed to extend about Rs 33.5 crore to the Unicef for intensified pulse polio immunisation programme in India. Notes to this effect were signed between Japanese ambassador to India Akira Hayashi and Unicef representative in India Maria Calivis here.

Property murders

Patna (PTI): One person allegedly got his brother and the latter’s mother-in-law killed by contract killers over a property dispute at Modi Nagar near here, police said. The killers fired indiscriminately at one Manoj, his wife and his mother-in-law, police said.

Jimmy kin in net

Mumbai (PTI): Former India all-rounder Mohinder Amarnath’s father-in-law was arrested by the economic offence wing on charges of illegal transfer of funds. The accused, along with two others, was charged with transferring Rs 35 lakh from one Romi Balsatia, a resident of Baroda, to their own account.

Crocodile attack

Kendrapara (PTI): Twenty-six-year-old Chhabi Mandal was killed by a crocodile as she was busy collecting prawn seeds in the Krushnanagar creek within the Bhitarkaninka Park premises, divisional forest officer Anup Nayak said.

Narmada protest

Nashik (PTI): About 500 Narmada Bachao Andolan activists went on a day-long fast here, demanding rehabilitation of people affected by the Sardar Sarovar Project.

Archaeologists claim to have discovered the building near Fatehpur Sikri which Mughal emperor Akbar probably used to study child psychology. Akbar used to put a number of newborns here to observe what language they speak on their own.

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