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Two held for death of housewife

A man and a woman were arrested in connection with the death of 32-year-old housewife Smriti Saha on Friday afternoon. The arrests were made on the basis of a complaint lodged by the dead woman’s relatives. According to police, Smriti, wife a Lake Market trader, was sustained major burns while cooking in her Prince Rahimuddin Lane residence, in the Charu Market police station area. She was hospitalised but her burns proved fatal. After receiving the complaint, police rounded up the victim’s husband, Aloke Saha, and mother-in-law, Dulu Rani.

Six held for power theft

Six people, including two owners of small-scale industries in Howrah, were arrested from various parts of the city and its adjoining areas in past two days for power theft. According to a CESC spokesperson, three people were arrested and 30 hooking lines disconnected on Bachelor Road, Budge Budge, with the help of the local police station. One person was rounded up and 15 illegal connections were cut at Mansatala, Bhadreswar. During the raid in Liluah, police arrested Pankaj Kapoor, the owner of a chemical manufacturing unit, on charges of theft of power from CESC service cables. Similarly, the Jagachha police arrested Sailen Hazra for drawing power illegally from the CESC’s service line.

Anti-piracy raid

The detective department on Friday seized 5,000 pirated audio and video CDs from a shop on Grant Street. During an anti-piracy drive, the sleuths stormed the shop and recovered the CDs. One person, identified as Md. Imran, was arrested.

Special trains

On the occasion of Shravani Mela at Tarakeswar, Eastern Railway (ER) will run two pairs of special trains between Seoraphuli and Tarakeswar and one from Tarakeswar to Howrah from August 10 to 12 and August 17 to 18. Earlier, ER had announced another two special trains.

Hit by bus

A 52-year-old man was seriously injured when a private bus on route 219 knocked him down at the Shyambazar five-point crossing on Friday. The injured, identified as Dulal Roy, was admitted to RG Kar Hospital, where his condition was stated to be critical. The driver has been arrested and the vehicle impounded.

Project unveiled

Shrachi Village, a joint-venture housing project between West Bengal Housing Board and the Shrachi Group, was unveiled at Madhyamgram on Friday. State housing minister Gautam Deb inaugurated the complex, 10 minutes away from Madhyamgram railway station, on the northern fringes of the city.


The Synodical Board of Social Services will hold its 25th annual get-together at a city hotel on Saturday. The theme of the meet is “Towards a Decade of Building Communities of Resistance and Hope.”

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TO Peerless Hospital & BK Roy Research Centre for offering free medical advice from its panel of consultants via tele-conference

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