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Man slits wife’s throat for dowry

Shila Sasmal, 19, was murdered, allegedly by husband Ratan, on Sunday night at Shyampur in Howrah. According to police, Ratan asked his wife to accompany him to some puja pandals, took her to a secluded spot and slit her throat with a sharp weapon. Ratan’s brother then informed Shila’s parents that she had committed suicide. Preliminary investigation revealed that Ratan would torture Shila for dowry. On Sunday, Ratan had visited his in-laws and demanded money which he was refused. He had reportedly planned the murder after returning home. Ratan is absconding, said superintendent of police, Howrah, Zulfiquar Hasan.

12 fined for spitting

Twelve persons were fined for spitting during the Pujas at Park Street, Esplanade, Jatin Das Park, Kalighat, Mahatma Gandhi Road and Girish Park stations from October 2 to 5, said a Metro Railway spokesperson. A fine of Rs 250 was slapped on each of them. Since January this year, more than 600 persons have been fined for spitting at and littering Metro stations.

Run over

A 40-year-old unidentified man was run over by a private bus on route L 238 at Barasat on Monday morning. The vehicle was impounded, but the driver fled.

Cop injured

Deputy superintendent of police (town) in Howrah, Asoke Biswas, was seriously injured after he fell into a ditch while chasing a youth on Sunday night. Biswas was taken to a local nursing home with a broken left elbow. The youth, in an inebriated condition, was passing lewd remarks at some girls, police said on Monday.


Around 1,837 Durga idols were immersed on Monday at four major ghats in the city. According to river traffic police, no case of drowning was reported from any of the ghats. A special group of conservancy personnel was posted at Kashi Mitra, Bijoli, Chandpal and Babughat to clean the litter from the area for smooth immersion, said mayor-in-council member, conservancy, Rajib Deb.

Clean-up count

The conservancy department of Calcutta Municipal Corporation set a record of sorts by removing 3,700 tonnes of garbage — the highest quantity in a day in the past 10 years — on Panchami (Tuesday). The department removes 2,500 tonnes of garbage daily. The extra litter was due to the construction of puja pandals at various spots, said mayor-in-council member, conservancy, Rajib Deb.

Low revenue

The city civic authorities’ earnings from advertisements at community puja pandals hit a low of Rs 4 lakh this year. According to CMC secretary’s department, the earning last year was over Rs 20 lakh. The high charges imposed by the civic authorities on publicity in the puja pandals reportedly worked as a negative factor.

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