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Since 1st March, 1999
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Neglect flak over flyover injury

Larsen and Toubro (L&T), the private concern constructing the AJC Bose Road flyover, will be dragged to court to face negligence charges after a concrete slab from the flyover fell on a passing pedestrian, said the police on Monday.

Rashid Khan, injured by the slab on Friday, filed a complaint against the construction firm at Karaya thana on Monday.

“Khan narrowly escaped serious injury, as the slab missed the middle of his head,” said K.L. Tamta, deputy commissioner of police, headquarters. The accident occurred on Friday night, when 35-year-old Khan was on his way back home in the area. He fell to the ground, unconscious. Bystanders rushed him to a Beckbagan nursing home, where doctors initially stated his condition was “critical”.

“We have decided to launch an investigation after receiving this specific complaint of negligence from the injured on Monday. We will file charges against L&T soon,” said Tamta.

Khan had been returning from north Calcutta with his friends in a taxi. Because of the traffic restrictions in view of the ongoing construction work, he got off at the Beckbagan crossing. Khan, said police, was walking along AJC Bose Road when the slab fell on him.

Khan, an employee of Bata, took two days to recover from his injuries. “He then decided to lodge a complaint against the construction company for his injuries,” said Tamta.

A case, under Section 338, which brings negligence charges against the accused, is likely to be initiated. “Officers from Karaya police station have been directed to visit the scene of the accident to verify whether the spot had been restricted for pedestrians, and any cautionary notices put up,” added Tamta.

P.K. Bandopadhyay, project manager, L&T, refused comment. “I have not received any such information about the case,” said Bandopadhyay.

Hooch deaths: Three persons died at Chanditala, Hooghly, on Monday. They were found lying unconscious at Gopalpur Bazar on Monday morning and were taken to a primary health centre, police said. Bhola, 40, a resident of Bhattapur, was declared brought dead. Jeeban Majhi, 30, of Banipur, and Ansar Ali Mullick, 50, of Sheikhpara, died at the health centre. Police are investigating the case. “Primary investigations revealed that they had consumed poisonous country liquor,” police said.

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