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Shops ransacked over woman’s death

The death of 22-year-old housewife Shalini Jaiswal sparked a mob fury on Friday night. Shalini was admitted with burn injuries to a nursing home in Salt Lake, where she died on Thursday. Based on the complaint lodged by Shalini’s relatives, the Beniapukur police arrested her husband Shekhar and in-laws Rajendra Prasad and Uma Devi late on Thursday. On Friday night, a group of local youth, along with Shalini’s relatives from Beniapukur, took the hearse carrying her body to the north Calcutta shop of Shekhar. Shouting slogans against the husband and accusing him of her death, they started ransacking his shop. The trouble spread to adjacent shops. When local traders resisted, the group fled the spot, leaving Shalini’s body behind. Later, officials from the Bowbazar police station retrieved the body. No arrest had been made till late on Friday.

Travel agent held for fraud

The city police arrested a co-owner of a travel agency from his Strand Road office on Friday. According to DC, DD, Soumen Mitra, the arrest was made on the basis of a complaint lodged by four tourists who were allegedly duped of Rs 75,000. According to Mitra, Amitabha Mukherjee and three others paid Kalyan Ghosh, one of the owners of the travel agency, for a trip to Nepal. They left the city on November 10 and reached Birgunge the next day. But Ajit Das, the tour manager, went missing there. So, the four returned and lodged a complaint with the Burrabazar police station. Police are looking for Ghosh’s brother Manik, another co-owner of the travel agency. The arrested has been booked on charges of cheating.

Buddha meet

Two business groups, one from France and the other from Denmark, met chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Friday and discussed investment proposals in agro-business and dairy sectors, respectively.

Iskcon case

Calcutta High Court on Friday rejected the anticipatory bail petition filed by Adridharan Das, former president of Iskcon temple in Calcutta, who was apprehending arrest in connection with the alleged defalcation of funds. The present president, Dayaram Das, had lodged the complaint against Adridharan for defalcation of Iskcon funds.

Leather complex

Jagmohan Dalmiya, owner of M.L. Dalmiya and Company which is entrusted with the responsibility of building the leather complex at Bantala, met industry minister Nirupam Sen at his office on Friday and briefed him about the progress. Later, Dalmiya told reporters that the minister would visit the complex on November 25.

Bus accident

A 45-year-old woman, Aleya Biwi, died and 30 others were injured, as a private bus on route 87 rammed into a roadside tree and overturned at Santoshpur, on National Highway 34, near Barasat on Friday morning. Three of the injured are in critical condition. According to police, the bus was coming from Barrackpore and headed towards Barasat. As it swerved to avoid a large pothole on the highway, the driver lost control.

Criminal caught

A criminal was arrested in Lake Town on Friday. Ajay Nand, additional superintendent of police, said Tarak Malakar, a local goon, was wanted in connection with two murder cases. There are several charges of extortion against him as well, he said.

Salt Lake murder

One person was arrested in connection with the murder of a caretaker at an under-construction building in Salt Lake’s EE block. Police said Atul Jana was picked up on Thursday. The caretaker had been killed and his wife seriously injured by assailants who attacked them with sharp weapons in October. Three persons, construction labourers in neighbouring buildings, were arrested earlier, police said.

Korean music

The Korean String Ensemble, Quartet 21, will play at GD Birla Sabhagar on Sunday.

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