QKolkata: Top Cop Questioned Again; Metro Channel Protests Planned

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar.

1. CBI Questioning Of Calcutta Police Chief Rajeev Kumar Continues

The examination of Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar by the CBI in the Saradha case continued for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday, 12 February, totalling over 32 hours of interrogation so far.

Kumar is being examined by the sleuths since Saturday, 9 February, and it is not known when he will be allowed to return to Kolkata.

The IPS officer left the CBI office at 9.38pm on Tuesday and has to report again on Wednesday morning, 13 February.

(Source: The Telegraph)

2. After Mamata, Opposition Parties Aim For Metro Channel Stage

Mamata Banerjee’s Metro Channel dharna last week has apparently triggered the plan for a slew of protests on the site by Opposition parties, which want to challenge her government’s stand against allowing political programmes at the venue in the heart of the city.

The Congress, BJP and the CPM are jostling with the administration for their “right” to conduct political programmes at the Metro Channel, which the Trinamool Congress chief herself had popularised as a protest venue during her days in the Opposition. But the site has been off limits for activism after Mamata ascended to power.

On Monday, 11 February, Bengal’s leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan, along with 59 Congress activists, courted arrest at Esplanade for trying to stage a protest against the Mamata government for alleged delay in action in deposit default cases.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Denied A New Bike, Boy Sets Mom On Fire

A 17-year-old boy locked his mother inside their house and set her afire after she refused to buy him a new bike and an expensive cellphone.

The incident happened around 10.30pm at Jagatpur in New Town on Monday, 11 February. The neighbours managed to unlock the door and also catch the boy before he could flee. On Tuesday, 12 February, the boy was to appear his Madhyamik Bengali examination, which he missed.

The woman, Soma Manna (40), received 90 percent burn injuries and was admitted to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital.

Later, the 40-year-old gave a statement saying her son had set her on fire. Following that, cops arrested the youth and sent him to a juvenile home. Cops have charged him charged him under IPC sections pertaining to attempt to murder and voluntarily causing grievous hurt.

(Source: The Times of India)

4. Man Beaten to Death For Protesting Against Loud Music

A Madhyamik examinee’s 66-year-old uncle was beaten to death with rods and wickets when he protested with some neighbours against loud music being played at a Saraswati puja in Murshidabad’s Khargram on Monday night, 11 February.

Haradhan Mal succumbed to his injuries at the Kandi subdivisional hospital, 22 km from Ganful village where the puja was organised by a former army jawan. Doctors said he had suffered serious head injuries and fractured ribs.

Tarun Mal and Rajkumar Mal, two of Haradhan’s neighbours who were also thrashed when they joined him in the protest, are in hospital.

(Source: The Telegraph)

5. PG Student Allegedly Kills Herself

A 23-year-old student, who was pursuing her post-graduation from a south Kolkata college, was found hanging at her home in Kudghat on Tuesday morning, 12 February.

Ashmita Biswas had gone to her room after dinner on Monday night, 11 February. When she did not come out even till late in the morning her parents checked on her and found her hanging from the ceiling fan. The cops did not find any suicide note. The family stays in Dinesh Palli in Kudghat’s Purba Putiari area.

(Source: The Times of India)

6. Kolkata Biker Smashes Into Railing, Dies

A 27-year-old motorbike rider without a helmet had his head sliced in half after smashing into the railing of Zeerut Bridge over Tolly’s Nullah while leading a Saraswati Puja immersion procession late on Monday, 11 February.

Samrat Chakraborty, a graduate in business administration from the Dinabandhu Andrews Institute of Technology and Management, was part of a Saraswati Puja immersion party that was making its way down the bridge en route to Babughat.

Several persons fainted at the sight of the severed upper portion of Samrat’s head resting on the railing and the rest of the body limp, police said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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