QKolkata: Blaze at New Market; Sea Selfie Bid Ends In Death & More
The iconic Howrah Bridge.
The iconic Howrah Bridge.(Photo: iStock)

QKolkata: Blaze at New Market; Sea Selfie Bid Ends In Death & More

1. Bribe Slur on College Accused

One of the youths arrested for the alleged assault on a second-year student of St Paul's Cathedral Mission College has been accused of taking Rs 20,000 from a first-year student with the promise of fresh admission.

The first-year student has lodged a complaint with Amherst Street police station against Arnab Ghosh.

The student, who had taken admission in the BSc physics honours course in 2017, has said in the FIR that he approached Ghosh a few days ago seeking his help for readmission so that he could study biochemistry instead of physics.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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2. Held Hostage By State: Doctor

The state government is refusing to release from its service a doctor who has paid the stipulated Rs 20 lakh to be freed from the bond requiring him to work in Bengal for five years after completing his MD.

Rahul Bansal from Madhya Pradesh, who did his MD from SSKM Hospital, has moved the High Court stating the government is refusing to hand him his papers even after he had paid the bond money.

A division bench of the High Court is likely to decide on Thursday, 14 June, whether the government can do that.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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3. Trafficking Survivors Overcome HS Hurdle

She dreams of being a lawyer. A first-division score in this year's Higher Secondary examination has taken the 17-year-old from Ghutiari Sharif in South 24-Parganas a step closer to her dream.

Two years ago, she had quit studies after being rescued, along with her best friend and neighbour, from the clutches of traffickers.

The besties had been returning from school when they were kidnapped from near their home in 2016. They were taken to Sealdah station and put on a train to Delhi but managed to escape.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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4. Sea Selfie Bid Ends In Death

A tourist from Kanchrapara in North 24-Parganas was washed away by the high tide in Digha while clicking a selfie on his smartphone on Wednesday morning, 13 June.

Chandan Mukherjee, 58, was hit by a massive wave and sucked into the sea. His body was fished out two hours later.

Mukherjee reached Digha on Monday with wife Nivedita and their two children. A tourist from Howrah who witnessed the accident said Mukherjee did not pay heed to warnings by civic volunteers on the Old Digha beach.

"Mukherjee and his family members were trying to go beyond the three-feet-high concrete guard wall and onto a concrete slope leading to the sea. Civic volunteers warned them and asked them to move away from the area since it was time for the new moon tide and the sea was rough," said Animesh Maity of Howrah.

(Source: The Telegraph)

5. Woman Held for Smuggling Drugs Into Jail

Four days after an Alipore jail doctor, Amitabha Chowdhury, was arrested while trying to smuggle cash, alcohol and marijuana inside the jail premise, the Dum Dum jail authorities have now identified a college student, who was trying to sneak in heroin on Tuesday, 12 June, for her boyfriend Bhagirath Sarkar — a gangster with half-a-dozen cases against him.

The accused is a second-year student of a Madhyamgram college and a resident of Nopara.“Sarkar had instructed her to bring the drugs inside jail. He was arrested in a NDPS case in 2015. Accordingly, she stuffed the contraband in a food packet and the rest in a talcum powder pack. After a promoter was threatened a few days back by two inmates, we had stepped up checking. She was caught at the jail security check zone,” said a senior jail official.

(Source: The Times of India)

6. Disabled Persons See Beacon of Hope in Jeeja Adoption Story

Jeeja Ghosh’s tale of adoption has given hope to several persons with disabilities that they, too, can become parents. Esha Kar, whose son Atananta has a rare disease called Rot Cone Dystrophy, considers Jeeja a beacon of hope. “There are various stages of disabilities.

My son might not be in a position to get married and adopt, but I know of many who can do that,” said Kar, who runs a theatre group of which Jeeja is a part.

While working with children with disabilities, Kar has come across some in the city who can be in relationships and, consequently, even take on the responsibility of becoming parents. “When I heard about Jeeja’s parenthood, I thought about two others I know who are open to relationships despite fighting their disorders. Kingshuk Chakraborty is one of them,” she said.

(Source: The Times of India)

7. Blaze at New Market; Encroachment Delays Firefight

Limited vehicle manoeuvrable space owing to hawker encroachment in New Market proved costly for a shop there as fire tenders could not reach in time to douse a fire that had engulfed the establishment on Wednesday, 13 June.

The fire tenders had to take a longer route because the shortest possible approach to the spot is encroached by hawkers. The fire trucks could access the area nearly 20 minutes after the firemen reached the spot. The delay, fire department officers said, could have proved disastrous had it been a bigger blaze.

(Source: The Times of India)

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