Student&’s body fished out of pond
BURDWAN, 13 JULY: Fishermen fished out the body of Somnath Pal (15), a student of Class X of Ramkrishna High School in the Borhat locality in Burdwan today. Somnath drowned while swimming in the Damodar yesterday afternoon. The boy had gone to the river on the outskirts of the town with two of his friends, Himangshu Chakraborty and Ripon Majhi. Ripon swam back to the shore safely, while Himangshu was rescued by a woman Mrs Chandra Rajbhor but Somnath gor drowned.
The fire brigade and the disaster management rescuers had failed to trace the body till late evening yesterday and found it today.
‘TMC goons unleashing terror’
SERAMPORE, 13 JULY: The CPI-M today alleged that some goons backed by the Trinamul Congress had unleashed a reign of terror in the Hooghly district just when the panchayat polls are round the corner. The CPI-M supporters said that the TMC goons were trying to terrorise the voters. Mr Sudharsan Roy Chowdhury, the CPI-M district secretary, said that the Trinamul Congress activists have taken the path of pre-planned violence.
"Numerous false cases are being lodged against our party workers and candidates in Arambagh, Goghat, Tarakeswar, Haripal and Dhanekhali. Even Shakti Mohan Mallick, our MP from Arambagh has not been spared."
Trinamul attacks CPM rally
KOLKATA, 13 JULY: Some goons allegedly backed by the Trinamul Congress attacked a CPI-M rally in North 24-Parganas.
Protesting the attack, district CPI-M leaders, including former MLA, Rabin Mondal staged a sit-in near Mahishbathan on the Rajarhat New Town Road for nearly half-an-hour from 11.40 a.m.
This resulted in a massive traffic congestion. The state urban development minister, Firhad Hakim, was stuck in the traffic jam for sometime. The blockade was lifted at around 12 p.m. following police intervention.
Furfura Shariff representative has change of heart on Mamata
BHANGOR, 13 JULY: Twaha Siddiqui of Hoogly Furfura Shariff, who had questioned chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s claims on development of Muslims, today appealed to the Muslim community to cast their votes in favour of the Trinamul Congress.
In a public rally at Ghatakpukur in South 24-Parganas organised in favour of a TMC zilla parishad candidate, Mr Siddiqi, said: “I had earlier challenged the CM’s claims but later I could realise that the TMC government has done more than Left Front government for the development of Muslims.”
Goons loot lecturer&’s house
BURDWAN, 13 JULY: Goons sneaked into the house of a couple in Burdwan and robbed gold jewellery worth Rs 10 lakh. Mr L N Gupta, an English professor at Burdwan University and Mrs Samapti Gupta, an English lecturer at the Memari College had left for their respective classes when the goons sneaked into their house at Sukmar Nagar locality and looted gold jewellery worth lakhs. Professor Gupta said: “They broke open my wife&’s cupboard and robbed the valuables.” They lodged a complaint with the Burdwan police station. An investigation is on.
Woman dumps baby in dustbin
KOLKATA, 13 JULY: The Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital authorities were sent into a tizzy after the mother of an eight-day-old boy claimed that her son went missing.
The hospital staff later found the child in a dustbin and informed police.
According to sources, preliminary investigation revealed that the woman from Tiljala had beaten up the child and dumped the baby into the dustbin as he was underweight. She had spread a rumour that someone stole the child.
Dr Parthopratim Pradhan, hospital superintendent, said police have been informed.
Taxi-driver arrested for misbehaving
KOLKATA, 13 JULY: A 36-year-old taxi driver, Gobinda Shaw, was arrested on charges of misbehaving with a woman and her daughter following an altercation over the taxi fare at Amherst Street on the morning of 13 July. Police arrested him following a complaint lodged by the woman.
Block roads if you can’t vote: Gautam
BARRACKPORE, 13 JULY: Gautam Deb, CPI-M&’s district secretary, North 24-Parganas, asked people to block roads if they cannot exercise their voting powers.
“This is not Midnapore and Bankura. People will protest if they cannot vote,” he said.
Seven injured in separate accidents
KOLKATA, 13 JULY: Seven persons were injured in two separate accidents in the city on 13 July. Four persons were injured when an auto-rickshaw collided head-on with a car near Chowbhaga on Basanti Highway on the same day. They were admitted to a local hospital. In another accident, three persons were injured when a car collided with a lorry on Vidyasagar Setu.
Man held for assaulting girl
KOLKATA, 13 JULY: A 35-year-old man was arrested today on charges of sexually harassing a six-year-old girl at the south-eastern fringes of the city. Police said the incident took place two days ago, but the accused, Sharukh, was arrested following a complaint lodged by the victim’s mother today. According to the complaint, the accused was found harassing the girl while her parents were away. The accused, who is an employee of an eatery at Park Street, is a neighbour of the victim and he entered her house when she was alone. The victim’s mother, however, returned within a few minutes and found the accused harassing her daughter. The accused initially managed to flee. The victim’s mother being traumatised failed to lodge a complaint but later lodged one with the local police station on Saturday.
Police initiated a search for the accused soon after the complaint was lodged. Finally, acting on a tip-off, they went to the intersection of Mcleod Street and Topsia Road from where he was arrested.