QKolkata: Smoke Stalls Metro; Police Tighten Focus on New Market

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The iconic Howrah Bridge.

1. Smoke Stalls Metro In Tunnel

A two-decade-old Metro train spewed smoke from its undercarriage and stalled while pulling out of Mahatma Gandhi Road station on Monday evening, disrupting the transport lifeline’s peak-hour schedule for more than an hour.

The packed rake screeched and stopped while going towards Girish Park at 6.28pm after the driver noticed wisps of smoke coming out from under a coach. Four coaches of the train were then in the tunnel and the rest along the platform at the station.

Commuters in the coaches that had entered the tunnel remained stuck inside for at least 15 minutes before Railway Protection Force (RPF) constables joined Metro personnel in manually opening some of the doors.

(Source: The Telegraph)


2. After Bagri Blaze, Police Heat On New Mkt

Shape up or ship out. That’s the message the cops from New Market police station have sent to hawkers who sell their wares on Bertram Street, Humayun Place and other thoroughfares around the heritage market.

The stern message follows a circular from KMC commissioner Khalil Ahmed, asking police to remove plastic sheets that are strung up against the New Market walls by hawkers after business hours. Apart from the police, Ahmed has asked the KMC market superintendent to ensure that the circular is adhered to and conduct a drive to seize plastic if the order is flouted. The traders of New Market and other shops in the area had written to the chief minister and the commissioner, expressing fears that the heritage market too stares at a fate similar to that of Bagri Market.

(Source: The Times Of India)

3. Gang-Raped By Trio, Bengal Schoolgirl Kills Self

A teenager who had been allegedly gang-raped while returning home from school in a South 24-Parganas village three days ago couldn’t take the trauma and killed herself at home on Sunday, her family told police.

Before she gulped down a bottle of pesticide, the girl had reported the assault on her to the police. One of the three accused has been arrested while the other two are absconding, an officer at Kultali police station said.

The alleged gang rape occurred on Friday afternoon after the girl was abducted while walking back home through a desolate stretch of road leading to her village. She was taken to a paddy field and allegedly assaulted by the three men.

(Source: The Telegraph)


4. E-Auction Of 9 New Town Plots to Start in November

Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) will allot two bulk plots, measuring 13.3 acres in total, and nine plots measuring about 330sq metres each in New Town for residential purposes through e-auction. The auctions are likely to commence in November.

The two bulk plots in Action Area II, would be allotted on a 99-year-lease hold basis. The nine plots are in Action Area II B.

Officials said the bulk plots would be allotted for setting up large residential complexes and the nine smaller plots for cooperative societies. Construction of housing complexes on the two bulk lands is expected to be completed within five years from the date of issuing the lease.

(Source: The Times Of India)

5. Denied Contract, Pyre Wood Supplier Locks Crematorium

A scrap over supplying pyre wood to the Nimtala crematorium held up the from-here-to-eternity journey for several Kolkata residents who happened to pass away on Monday. The unprecedented hold-up involved a firm somewhat appropriately named “Supply Syndicate”.

Beliaghata resident Amar Sarkar and Beadon Street resident Prakash Sil were two sons who lost their fathers on Monday morning and were among the bereaved families that came to north Kolkata’s busiest burning ghat to complete the last rites in peace.

But they were not prepared for what greeted them at Nimtala: Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) staffers locked inside their own offices by wood suppliers. All the mourners were asked to wait or “go elsewhere” and then threatened when they pleaded, with the choicest Bengali abuses being thrown at them.

(Source: The Times Of India)


6. Eight Schools in HC Panel to Protect Kids from Abuse

The Calcutta High Court has formed an expert committee of school representatives and counsellors to create a set of model guidelines for a standard operating procedure (SOP) to protect children from sexual abuse in schools.

On Monday, representatives of eight prominent schools in Kolkata were asked to be present in the court by Justice Nadira Patherya and be part of the expert committee. Advocate Phiroze Edulji, who has been appointed amicus curiae by the court in this matter, will be submitting the model guidelines on 12 November when the matter comes up for hearing next.

The court was hearing a writ petition against the alleged sexual abuse of a four-year-old child at a prominent south Kolkata school on 30 November 2017. The petition was moved by advocate Priyanka Tibrewal on behalf of the child’s parents.

(Source: The Times Of India)

7. Let Autos Ply On Puja Evenings, Behala Organisers Urge Cops

Permission to ply autos in the evening during the Pujas, keep the organisers updated on all routes to and from Behala, including last-minute diversions, so that revellers can be informed about them, and ensure hassle-free drives for judges travelling from one pandal to another: these are some of the requests that Puja organisers in Behala have placed before the police, urging their cooperation during the festive season.

Post-Majerhat bridge collapse, the Kolkata traffic police are working overtime to ensure a seamless Puja experience for Behala residents. While Lalbazar took several steps on its own as highlighted by The Times of India earlier, including increasing security in the port areas, doing away with some of the roads shut for now, and making certain roads one-way, they also asked Puja organisers for their suggestions.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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