QKolkata: Om Prakash Joins TMC; 10th House Collapse In Bowbazar

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Senior Congress leader Om Prakash Mishra joins the Trinamool Congress.

1. Bengal Congress Neta Joins TMC

West Bengal Pradesh Congress vice-president Omprakash Mishra joined Trinamool Congress on Wednesday, a day after the state Congress accepted his resignation.

Mishra made the announcement after a half-hour discussion with Trinamool chief and CM Mamata Banerjee in her assembly chamber, where he was accompanied by transport minister Suvendu Adhikari. Banerjee made Mishra chairman of the party’s education forum.

Mishra’s switching sides came as Congress Legislature Party was holding a felicitation programme for Lok Sabha Congress leader Adhir Chowdhury at Syed Nausher Ali Hall within the assembly premises. The programme was attended by Pradesh Congress president Somen Mitra, leader of opposition Abdul Mannan, Congress chief whip Manoj Chakrabarty and Congress MLAs.

(Source: The Times Of India)

2. 10th House Crumbles In 4 Days In Disaster Zone

A portion of yet another house in the Bowbazar area collapsed on Wednesday — the 10th building to cave in fully or partially in the last 96 hours — and some others developed fresh cracks, bringing to fore the very real danger of one of the oldest districts in the city’s heart ending up as a zone of crumbling buildings.

KMC engineers who inspected the affected zone on Wednesday feared that all houses in a 200m-radius could become vulnerable if the KMRC team did not arrest the subsidence below Durga Pithuri Lane.

On Saturday evening, tunnel-boring machine Chundee, working 14m under Bowbazar, hit an aquifer, damaging 18 buildings, four of them seriously. The next day, as many as 375 residents had to be evacuated, even as several buildings crashed like a pack of cards. Till Wednesday evening, more than 75 buildings were damaged, of which 44 have been evacuated.

(Source: The Times Of India)


3. Lynched After ‘Intruder’ Tag In Behrampore Clinic

A mason was beaten to death inside a polyclinic in the heart of Behrampore town in Murshidabad on Wednesday after employees of the establishment accused him of “intruding” into the premises and attacking them “with chairs”.

The incident came within a week of the Bengal Assembly passing a bill to prevent such lynchings with stiffer punishments, including the death penalty.

Eyewitnesses said Khabir Sheikh, 33, was thrashed by eight to 10 employees of the clinic. He is survived by wife Akila, 29, and two daughters, aged seven and 10.

“The bill is yet to be become law… So, we have started a murder case under Section 302 of the IPC following a complaint from his wife,” said a police source in Behrampore.

(Source: The Telegraph)


4. Attack Over ‘Child Theft’ Suspicion In Jalpaiguri

A mob thrashed a 37-year-old man at a village in Rajganj block of Jalpaiguri on Tuesday night on suspicion that he was a child lifter, the attackers not even sparing cops who had rushed to the victim’s rescue.

Dharam Singh suffered serious injuries and doctors at North Bengal Medical College and Hospital in Siliguri described his condition as “critical”. In north Bengal, this was the first such incident after the anti-lynching bill was passed last week.

On Tuesday, Singh was “roaming” in the Baniapara area of the Rajganj block. Some locals, apparently suspicious about his movements, stopped him and started questioning him. Not satisfied with his answers, they started beating him.

Police sources said Singh, who lives in a village in some distance from Baniapara, earns a living doing odd jobs.

(Source: The Telegraph)


5. Trinamool to Help Those Left Out of NRC

Trinamool leaders in Alipurduar, one of the two Bengal districts that share borders with Assam, have decided to help Bengal-origin people in Assam left out of the NRC.

The move underscores the ruling party’s plans to tap the issue to garner support in areas where it had lost out to the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls. Trinamool has also planned protests against NRC near the border.

“The BJP is aggressively pitching for an NRC-like exercise in Bengal… We want to make it an issue,” said a Trinamool minister in Calcutta.

In the Assembly on Friday, a two-hour discussion will be held on NRC, with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as the main speaker. The move is part of a larger strategy by Trinamool to build an anti-NRC movement with the help of non-BJP parties.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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