Goon arrests lead to trader mastermind Bharat Ghosh, the trader who masterminded the Rs 7-lakh heist at Ichhamati Milk Federation in Habra last September, was arrested on Sunday night. According to police, the money belonged to seven traders, including Ghosh. He had allegedly asked local goon Bulton to stage the dacoity. Bulton, who was arrested last week, provided clues that led to the arrest of Ghosh’s driver Mikhail on Saturday night. During interrogation, Mikhail alleged that Ghosh had masterminded the dacoity.
Two killed in road mishap Swadesh Ranjan Das, 50, and Soumitra Banerjee, 35, died on Sunday night in an accident on NH-2 near Sankrail, Howrah. They were returning in a car from Haldia. The car collided with a tanker, which was on its way to Kharagpur. The injured, including the driver and two other passengers, were discharged from hospital. The driver of the tanker fled with the vehicle. Das and Banerjee were residents of Behala. Banerjee was married three months ago, police said.
Tracks for repairs Tram tracks on the AJC Bose Road, from Moulali to New Park Street, will be concretised by the Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners (HRBC). According to mayor Subrata Mukherjee, the HRBC has been given the go-ahead by the CMC.
Dacoits caught Seven dacoits were arrested in two different places on the city’s outskirts on Monday night. Three dacoits were arrested in Barasat, on the northern fringes. Three revolvers and 10 bombs were recovered from them. Four dacoits were arrested at Joka, on the southern fringes. Police said a few bullets and five bombs were recovered.
College lab fire There was panic in Dinabandhu Andrews College in Garia after a fire broke out in the chemistry laboratory. According to fire brigade sources, the mouth of an apparatus containing sodium suddenly opened and the gas spluttered out in flames. This caused the fire.
Power cuts The city and its adjoining areas experienced sporadic power cuts on Monday after a 250-MW unit of CESC’s Budge Budge generating station tripped, following a snag around 10.30 am. Power cuts, ranging in duration from 30 minutes to an hour-and-a-half, were reported from different parts of the city. CESC sources said engineers started repairs on a war-footing and brought the unit back in operation at 1.30 pm.
Bowbazar blaze A fire broke out in a confectionery on Metcalfe Street in Bowbazar on Monday morning. Three fire tenders brought the blaze under control.
TO Eastern Railway’s Howrah division for undertaking a beautification programme for a 3,000-sq mt area between Foreshore Road and Howrah station