QKolkata: Ferrari Mishap Kills Businessman; BJP’s ‘Bandh’ Call

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The mangled remains of the Ferrari California T that crashed on a flyover on National Highway 6 near Salap in Howrah, killing owner Shibaji Roy.

1. Ferrari Crash Kills City Chain Owner

A convertible Ferrari California T crashed into the parapet of a flyover on National Highway 6 near Salap in Howrah, killing a Calcutta businessman who was behind the wheels.

Shibaji Roy, 42, was returning to the city after a Sunday morning spin with family members and friends in a convoy of high-end cars. Roy, resident of Rashbehari Avenue and a director with ML Roy & Co, a sanitation product chain, died while being taken to hospital.

Aashna Surana, 17, daughter of Roy's friend Adarsh, was travelling with him in the two-seater. She suffered multiple fractures and is on ventilator at CMRI Hospital.

Local people who saw the motorcade pass but did not witness the crash said the cars were speeding but were not racing one another.

(Source: The Telegraph)

2. Life Partially Affected in West Bengal Due to BJP Strike

Life was partially affected in West Bengal's Purulia district on Sunday, 3 June, due to a 12-hour strike called by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after two of its party workers were allegedly murdered within a span of three days.

Senior BJP leaders, who reached Purulia on Sunday, accused police, Trinamool Congress and miscreants of "acting together.”

"Trinamool, miscreants, mafia and police – all have become one. It is just the local people who are against them. Lot of people who were Maoists earlier are now working for Trinamool," said BJP leader Sayantan Basu.

"This nexus is proved through these murders," he added.

The body of 32-year-old Dulal Kumar was found hanging from a high-tension tower in Dabha village of Purulia district on Saturday morning.

(Source: The Times of India)

3. Purulia BJP Worker’s Autopsy Points to Suicide: Cops

Less than 24 hours after the autopsy, police claimed on Sunday, 3 June, that the death of Dulal Kumar (30), a BJP worker found hanging from a high-tension electric transmission tower in Purulia’s Dabha the previous day, was due to suicide.

Purulia SP Akash Magharia told reporters: “A post-mortem was conducted by a team of five doctors. We received the report today. It clearly says death was due to asphyxia, due to hanging, ante-mortem and suicidal in nature. We wanted to share the (post-mortem) findings so that no confusion remains. Further inquiry is on.”

Magharia’s immediate predecessor Joy Biswas had claimed on Saturday that preliminary investigation suggested the death was a case of suicide.

(Source: The Times of India)

4. BJP Workers’ Death: TMC Removes Five District Block Chiefs

The Trinamool Congress on Sunday, 3 June, removed five party block presidents in Purulia, including the one from Balarampur where two BJP workers were found dead last week.

Party insiders say that the move comes on the back of twin concerns – the BJP’s good performance in last month’s panchayat elections and the mounting pressure on the party since the two deaths in the district.

“It is clear from election results that the BJP performed well in Purulia and we have been on the backfoot following the deaths of BJP workers there,” said a top Trinamool leader who wished to remain anonymous.

(Source: The Indian Express)

5. Mamata to Skip NITI Aayog Meeting Scheduled on Eid

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is staying away from NITI Aayog’s governing council meeting in Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the meeting on 16 June to discuss the country’s development agenda for ‘New India 2022’ with chief ministers and members of the think-tank.

The council is also going to plan with states the celebrations for Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.

“I am not going to the NITI Aayog meeting. It has been called on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr. I don’t go out of the state during the festival days. There is a national holiday on the occasion of Eid,” the chief minister said.

(Source: The Times of India)

6. Solar Plan for Water Body

A mega floating solar power plant may be set up on Bikramgarh Jheel, off Prince Anwar Shah Road, if approved by the state government.

A feasibility study for the plant, the "first in an Indian metro", was finalised last Thursday and submitted to the Calcutta Municipal Corporation.

"We have just received the feasibility report on the floating solar power project. We will prepare a detailed project report and seek funds from the power department and the state government's green city project," said Debasish Kumar, mayoral council member in charge of parks and squares and chairman of the civic body's solar and climate committee.

(Source: The Telegraph)

7. Wife Murdered Over Suspicion

A man allegedly killed his wife on Saturday evening, 2 June, over a suspicion that she had an affair.

Police said Dibyendu Koyal, 32, and Rinku Koyal, 27, had been married for about eight years. Their neighbours in Howrah's Shyampur said the couple would often fight.

Dibyendu, an autorickshaw driver, found Rinku talking on the phone when he returned home on Saturday, the police said.

"He suspected his wife was having an affair and hit her on the head with a piece of wood he found in the room. She screamed and slumped," an officer of the Howrah police commissionerate said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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