QKolkata: One More Held in Rotten Meat Case & More

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1. Rotten Meat Case: One More Held, Opposition Slams KMC

A key accused in the rotten meat racket was arrested from Garia in South 24 Parganas, police said. He is suspected to have procured and supplied unfit meat to restaurants and markets. SP (Diamond Harbour) Koteshwar Rao said Biswanath Ghorai (52) alias Bishu was arrested by the Special Investigation Team near Garia railway station on Wednesday evening. “So far, 11 people have been arrested,” said Rao.

As part of the racket, the accused would collect carcasses from dumpyards and treat the meat using chemicals such as formaldehyde to preserve it. They would store the meat in freezers and supply it to eateries and markets.

(Source: The Indian Express)

2. CCTV Scan for Hug Pair & Attackers

Footage from CCTV cameras installed at the entry to all Metro stations will be examined as part of an effort to identity commuters who allegedly assaulted a young man and a woman at Dum Dum Metro station on Monday, 30 April, police said.

"A preliminary inquiry has been initiated to identify the man and woman and the suspected attackers as well. Although the assaulted man and woman have not lodged a police complaint or contacted us, we are conducting the inquiry on the basis of a memorandum that the Metro Railway authorities received from protesters," said Debasish Sarkar, Deputy Commissioner of Police, north division.

Sources at Sinthi police station, where the memorandum received by the railways was submitted, said the CCTV footage provided by the Metro authorities showed the young man and woman coming down the staircase, looking back and seemingly having an argument with a few others.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. This Time, Moral Cops Molest & Thrash Girls for Daring to Protest at Metro Station

A mob of Metro passengers allegedly molested and thrashed some young girls on Thursday, 3 May, for daring to protest against moral policing, the incident coming barely 72 hours after Monday’s mob attack on a young couple.

The incident occurred almost at the same spot — just outside the Dum Dum Metro station premises — and served to underline the schism between the city’s liberal ethos and its moral police brigade. But Thursday’s incident underscored an important difference as well: it marked a fightback from youngsters seeking their own space against a mob trying to deny them that.

The girls, accompanied by their male friends, went to two police stations — first the Government Railway Police station at Dum Dum (where they were fobbed off over “jurisdiction” issues) and then the Sinthi police station — to register their complaint.

(Source: The Times of India)

4. Netaji Bust Vandalised in Narkeldanga Area

A Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose bust was allegedly vandalised inside a park in Kolkata’s Narkeldanga area. Local residents protested outside the area police station on Thursday demanding immediate action.

The agitators relented after police intervened and a complaint was submitted by the Forward Bloc against unidentified persons. “We submitted a complaint at the police station and have given them a day’s time to find out who are behind the incident. If no action is re taken we will stage demonstrations outside the police station,” said Sudipto Banerjee, general secretary of Youth Wing, Forward Bloc Kolkata.

The statue was inaugurated at Netaji Park about ten years ago by then MIC (Health) Dr Subodh Dey, who also served as councillor of ward number 29 of Kolkata Municipal Corporation. It was Dey who had constructed a children’s park in that area and named it Netaji Park. The partially damaged statue has been temporarily covered with a blue coloured piece of cloth.

(Source: The Indian Express)

5. HC Bans Any Rally That Blocks a Road

Calcutta High Court on Thursday, 3 May, clamped a ban on rallies and processions that block thoroughfares anywhere in Bengal, saying that the right to organise a protest cannot be allowed to override the public's right to free movement.

"Though the organisers have the fundamental right to hold a (peaceful) rally, they do not have the right to curb the right to free movement of other people and traffic," the division bench of Chief Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya and Justice Arijit Banerjee said.

The court directed the state administration to ensure that movement of traffic is not affected on any artery because of a rally or a procession.

The order, which came in response to a public interest litigation (PIL) filed in 2015, means that Trinamul's "martyrs' day" rally on 21 July is no longer legal if it chokes the heart of the city like it does every year.

(Source: The Telegraph)

6. Doctors Prescribe Ambulance Checklist

Ambulances that ferry critical patients should have a doctor trained in emergency medicine apart from ventilators, cardiac monitors and defibrillators, doctors said on Thursday, 3 May.

The first hour is important for those injured in road accidents or have had heart failure. Proper and fast medical help can cut down the number of deaths, the doctors said.

"Critical care ambulances should have a ventilator to help patients breathe, a defibrillator to give shock and regularise the heartbeat, a syringe pump and cardiac monitor apart from life-saving drugs," David Rozario, interventional cardiologist at Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, said. "But a doctor has to be there... without a doctor there is no point in the whole exercise."

(Source: The Telegraph)

7. CU Credit Net Widens

Calcutta University's syndicate ratified on Thursday, 3 May, the decision to implement the choice-based credit system (CBCS) and semester exams in all courses from the next academic year and called for fixing the flaws, if any, in the proposed course structures.

The syndicate recommended that each department scrutinise the syllabus, marking and question patterns, gradation procedure and the semester courses before the twin systems are implemented to ensure there are no glitches.

The decision on scrutiny has been taken to prevent a rerun of the problems the university has been facing following the introduction of the CBCS and the semester system in BCom last year, an official said.

The choice-based credit system enables a student to choose an elective paper from any discipline.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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