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The City Diary

Cop driver found dead in pond

The body of a 35-year-old police driver, Arjun Chhetri, was found floating in a pond on Wednesday morning near the Alipore Body Guard Lines in the Watgunge police station area. According to police, Chhetri was suffering from acute depression for the past few months and it could have prompted him to commit suicide. He was a habitual drinker and could also have drowned while bathing. According to Kuldiep Singh, deputy commissioner of police (headquarters), Chhetri was posted in the south port police station. He was absent from the night roll-call but no one suspected anything as he often absented himself. The body was recovered at 7.30 am on Wednesday and sent for post-mortem.

Court order on SEB allowance

Justice A. Mitra of Calcutta High Court on Wednesday passed an interim order staying the execution of the an State Electricity Board (SEB) order withdrawing the four per cent dearness allowances for its employees as per the direction of the state government. Earlier, the court had passed the same order for CMDA staff.

Molestation charge

Bijon Chandra Das, 74, was arrested on Wednesday at his Suren Sarkar Road residence on charges of molesting a 11-year-old girl. Police said local residents staged a demonstration in front of the Beleghata police station demanding that he be charged with rape. Das owns a grocery shop. Police suspect that an influential person with political affiliation framed Das.

Road mishap

Deepa Mondal, a resident of Raghunathpur, Chanditala, was injured on Wednesday morning at the crossing of Mahatma Gandhi Road and College Street in the Jorasanko police station area when a private bus crushed her legs. Police said she had come to meet her son who is undergoing treatment at a city hospital. She was taken to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital and is said to be stable.

Illegal firearms

Mona Das, a Trinamul Congress worker, was arrested on Wednesday morning at his Keshtopur residence in Sarsuna on the southern fringes of the city on charges of possessing illegal firearms. Police said Das escaped when they surrounded his house but later he surrendered at the local police station. A revolver was found in his house.

Three caught

Mohammad Farid, a criminal, and two of his accomplices were arrested on Wednesday in the port area and three loaded firearms were seized from them. Police said the three were on their way to commit a dacoity in the area when the police intercepted them.

Hurt in accident

Seven people were seriously injured on Wednesday at Jessore Road near the airport when the driver of a Barasat-bound South Bengal State Transport Corporation bus, lost control and crashed into a roadside building.

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