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Petition on Tarakeswar pond apathy

Calcutta, June 11: A citizen’s forum has accused the government of doing nothing to decontaminate Doodhpukur, the holy pond attached to the Shiva temple at Tarakeswar, despite a clear assurance before Calcutta High Court.

In its petition before the court’s green bench, the Howrah Ganatantrik Nagarik Samity said that appearing on behalf of the state, advocate-general Balai Ray had said that in view of the people’s sentiments, the government would desilt the pond and construct a wall around it to stop sources of pollution.

“After the submission of the advocate-general, the court had disposed of the matter with the hope and trust that his statement would be honoured,” the petition said.

“But in reality, the district administration and local municipality have not done anything other than holding meetings on the subject,” the petition said.

The application pointed out that a health hazard stared the government in the face as lakhs of pilgrims would converge on the temple in July for Sravani mela.

Family attacked

Kesoram Rayans personnel manager B.P. Pandey’s wife and daughter were seriously injured when miscreants attacked them with sharp weapons.

Police said three miscreants entered their quarters at Bansberia in Hooghly when Pandey was not home and stabbed them repeatedly from behind.

Both mother and daughter have been admitted to hospital, where their condition is stated to be critical.

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