QKolkata: Conspiracy to Divide Bengal Says CM; Woman Run Over

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. 

1. ‘Conspiracy To Divide Bengal’: Mamata After Third Hill Meet

A fiery Mamata Banerjee on Monday, 16 October, slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Central government for withdrawing forces from Darjeeling, which has been in a state of lockdown since June this year.

“Does the Centre not want peace in Darjeeling? There's no contact with the federal structure. It's a political game plan, a conspiracy by the BJP to divide Bengal,” the Chief Minister said after completing the third all-party meet between the state government and hill parties at the Secretariat in Kolkata. The Centre on Sunday, 15 October, had decided to withdraw 10 companies of its paramilitary forces from Darjeeling within 24 hours.

The Centre’s decision comes just days after Amitava Mullick, a young Assistant Sub-Inspector with the West Bengal police, lost his life after he was hit by a bullet in clashes between the police and supporters of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha on 12 October.

“Instead of offering sympathies, they are withdrawing forces,” said Banerjee.

(Source: The Quint)


2. Everything is Normal in the Hills: DGP

DGP Surajit Kar Purkayastha
DGP Surajit Kar Purkayastha
(Photo Courtesy: Jagran Josh)

Director- general of police Surajit Kar Purkayastha said on Monday that he was happy that "everything is normal" in the hills.

The officer was in Darjeeling to take stock of the situation, three days after a gunfight between suspected supporters of Bimal Gurung and police killed a sub- inspector.

" I have come here to take stock of the situation. I am happy to find that everything is normal. People are out on the streets and going about their work," Kar Purkayastha said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Hills MLAs Support CM's Centre Bashing

Bimal Gurung
Bimal Gurung
(Photo: PTI)

The third round of the bilateral talks at Nabanna on Monday adopted a resolution criticizing the Centre's move to withdraw central forces from the Hills. The three GJM MLAs – Amar Singh Rai, Rohit Sharma and Sarita Rai – attended the meeting and consented to this resolution.Their party, however, sent a “congratulatory message“ to the home ministry. The third leg of the bilateral discussions at Nabanna on Monday adopted a unanimous resolution criticising the Centre's move to withdraw central forces from the strife-torn Hills.

Three Gorkha Janamukti Morcha MLAs, Amar Singh Rai, Rohit Sharma and Sarita Rai, attended the meeting and consented to this resolution. Their party, however, had not only written to the Union home minister Rajnath Singh appealing for the withdrawal of central forces but also dashed in a “congratulatory message“ once it was done.

(Source: The Times Of India)


4. Man Dies After Altercation Over Kali Puja Donation

Goddess Kali
Goddess Kali
(Photo: iStock; altered by The Quint)

A 51-year-old man died after he was allegedly pushed by two persons following altercation over donation for Kali Puja at Nishchinda in Howrah. Both the accused have been arrested.

Sources in the police say that the incident took place at around 10:30 am on Sunday when Subrata Dey and Krishna Dasgupta, members of West Santinagar Junior Boys Club came to Dulal Kanti Sen’s house and demanded 1,000 rupees as Kali Puja donation. “Sen’s son Ratan lodged a complaint today (Monday). The accused demanded Rs 1000 as donation but Sen agreed to give Rs 51. Following this, an altercation during which the accused pushed Sen”, said a police officer.

(Source: The Indian Express)

5. Woman Run Over By Bus On Way To First Day At Work

A 26-year-old woman on her way to attend the first day in office was run over by a private bus in Salt Lake Sector V on Monday morning.

CCTV footage showed the victim, Mamoni Das, was looking in the opposite direction while crossing the road. The driver missed the woman as she leisurely came in the middle of the road. The edge of the bus hit her from left and the victim came under the front wheels.

In Kolkata, pedestrians follow this common practice of raising their hands to stop vehicles. Worse, most pedestrians treat jaywalking as a harmless act of defiance but according to sources in Kolkata and Bidhannagar police, jaywalking is responsible for almost half of the road deaths that happen in the city every year.

(Source: The TImes Of India)


6. Airline Official Roughed Up By Jawans Over Luggage Delay

Passengers arriving at Kolkata airport on Sunday afternoon were shocked to find a helpless airline official being roughed up by paramilitary personnel. The mobbed Jet Airways duty manager, who fell down thrice while being pushed and shoved around, was finally rescued by another paramilitary force deployed at the airport. Shaken by the incident, he did not report for duty on Monday . The airline has lodged a police complaint.

The fracas started around 1:30pm on Sunday, shortly after a Jet Airways chartered flight carrying 166 Assam Rifles and CRPF jawans landed in Kolkata from Aizwal. The men, returning home for Diwali, were incensed when they found that their luggage had not arrived.

(Source: The Times Of India)

7. Cracker Bar Within 5 km of Stadium

The Salt Lake stadium
The Salt Lake stadium
(Photo Courtesy: Hindustan Times)

If you live anywhere near Salt Lake stadium, don't light a firecracker this Diwali or you could have the pollution police knocking on your door.

Environment minister and Calcutta mayor Sovan Chatterjee announced on Monday that bursting firecrackers in the vicinity of Salt Lake stadium for the duration of the FIFA U- 17 World Cup would invite administrative intervention.

The step is meant to keep the quality of air near the World Cup venue from deteriorating.

A senior official of the state pollution control board said localities within a 5km radius of the stadium would be under watch. This means the no-firecracker zone would extend in an arc till AF Block, Kankurgachhi, Topsia and the East Calcutta Wetlands.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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