Eviction drive in Salt Lake Several illegal structures, including shops and a motor garage in front of Hyatt Regency, were demolished in Salt Lake on Saturday. This was the first leg of a major eviction drive planned in the township. The drive was jointly conducted by the police and Bidhannagar Municipality. “We have also demolished a hoarding, which although was authorised, was causing visual pollution,” said Baidyanath Mondal, municipality executive officer. “Some public toilets, causing environmental pollution for years, have also been demolished,” he said. A wall along the road has been constructed to prevent future encroachment.
Robbery Three armed youths entered a three-storeyed building at Ballygunge Place on Saturday afternoon and robbed Chitra Lahiri, 75, of cash and jewellery. Police said Lahiri’s domestic help had left the main door ajar. The youths walked in and snatched Rs 5000 and gold ornaments.
Kidnap case Subhashish Sarkar, 35, of Bansdroni, who was abducted by a gang of five on Friday morning for a ransom of Rs 2 lakh, was released later in the day. The gang intercepted Subhashish’s car near Bhowanipore, police said. They dragged him out, blindfolded him and took him to an unknown place. The abductors then called Subhashish’s father for a ransom of Rs 2 lakh. But around 10.30 pm, they released him in New Alipore after snatching his cellphone and gold ring.
Rail blockade Train services in the Sealdah South section were disrupted after passengers blocked tracks at Sonarpur station on Saturday morning. The agitators were demanding two pairs of trains from Sonarpur. Several trains were cancelled as a result.