Govt employees switch unions
Around 50 employees of Calcutta police formally switched allegiance from the CPM-backed State Coordination Committee to the Trinamul Congress-backed State Government Employees’ Federation at the Bodyguard Lines on Thursday. The employees included upper divisional clerks, divisional assistants, group D staff and motor mechanics.
Fatal fall from balcony
Amit Kundu, 50, died after falling off the first-floor balcony of his Sitanath Road home, near Girish Park, while instructing plumbers on Thursday.
Social welfare minister Biswanath Chowdhury’s car was hit by a taxi at the AJC Bose Road-Alimuddin Street crossing at 10.50pm on Wednesday. The minister, who was in the car, was unhurt. The taxi was impounded.
Three members of All Bengal Electricity Consumers’ Association were injured after clashing with police near Bidyut Bhavan on Thursday. About 250 members of the association protested power cuts outside the building and tried to force their way in.
Hundreds of home guards and National Voluntary Force personnel blocked BB Ganguly Street from 1pm to 4pm on Thursday to demand regularisation of service and benefits.
Homemaker Manju Rai, 49, died at SSKM Hospital on Thursday morning of burns sustained while cooking at her Bodyguard Lines home on Wednesday night. Manju’s husband is a Calcutta police constable. Police said a gas leak had caused the fire.
Singer Hemanta Mukherjee’s widow Bela Mukherjee died on Thursday afternoon at a private hospital in south Calcutta, where she was admitted on June 15. She was 89 and is survived by son Jayanta and daughter Ranu.