QKolkata: Violence Continues in Asansol; 2 Apollo Docs Suspended

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Clashes broke out in the Raniganj area of Asansol as a Ram Navami procession was going through the area.

1. 2 Die As Violence Continues In Asansol, Internet Cut Off

Two persons died in unabated violence in Asansol town on Thursday, 29 March, as a worried administration struggled to bring peace to pockets of West Burdwan district, where violence started with Ram Navami processions in Raniganj on Sunday. The statewide toll since Sunday’s clashes now stands at five, with three deaths being reported from West Burdwan and one each from Purulia and North 24-Parganas’ Kankinara.

The continuing violence prompted CM Mamata Banerjee to head to the state secretariat directly from the airport, after she returned from her three-day visit to Delhi on Thursday, and convene an emergency meeting of the government brass.

(Source: The Times of India)

2. Rape Survivor Thrown Out by Landlady in South Kolkata

Two days after a 25-year-old woman complained of rape after a birthday party at her friend’s house near Ranikuthi in south Kolkata, the landlady of the Beliaghata house where she lived as a paying guest threw her out on Thursday. Her situation mirrors the experience of Park Street rape survivor Suzette Jordan who had also been evicted from the house and had lost her job after the sexual assault.

The landlady of the Beliaghata house asked the woman to leave on Wednesday evening, telling her she was not fit to stay in a respectable neighbourhood after the rape complaint and the subsequent police visit to inquire into the incident.

(Source: The Times of India)

3. ED Attaches Rose Valley Assets Worth 2,380 Cr in Ponzi Scam

The Enforcement Directorate has attached assets with a market value of more than Rs 2,380 crore in the Rose Valley ponzi scam case. The properties include 11 resorts, nine hotels and a 200-acre plot besides 414 other land parcels spread across West Bengal.

The total book value of properties attached so far in the Rose Valley case is Rs 1,233 crore. This is the single biggest attachment by ED so far under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The Rose Valley Group collected more than Rs 17,000 crore from the public throughout India by luring depositors with high returns. Out of the total deposits received by the company, at least Rs 8,000 crore remains outstanding to the public. The ED had earlier identified and attached properties acquired from the proceeds of the crime with a market value of approximately Rs 1,950 crore, which includes hotels, land, cash, bank balances and high-end vehicles.

(Source: The Times of India)

4. Two Apollo Docs Suspended Over Negligence Death

The West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) on Thursday suspended the practising licences of two Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals doctors, charging them with medical negligence causing the death of 30-year-old accident victim Sanjay Roy last February. The council has also charged the hospital with “inhuman behaviour”.

The licence of surgeon Shyamal Sarkar has been suspended for six months, and that of interventional radiologist Usha Goenka for a year.

Sanjay’s death had brought the patient-hospital relationship under the microscope, and was followed by a spate of negligence complaints. It was also at the heart of chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s West Bengal Health Regulatory Commission, which imposed stiff penalties for medical lapses.

(Source: The Times of India)

5. 15 Injured In Clash, 15 Held

At least 15 people were injured in a Trinamul factional clash in Alipore's Gopalnagar, not far from the chief minister's home, on Wednesday night, police said.

The apparent motive was establishing control over the area, the police said.

Three cars, an ambulance, a taxi and nine two-wheelers parked along Gopalnagar Road were damaged in the clash, the police said.

Fifteen people, including a college student and an app cab driver, were arrested on Thursday on charges of rioting and mischief. They have been booked under the arms act as well.

"Three of them have a criminal past and they have been kept in the custody of the anti-rowdy squad. The rest are in the central lock-up in Lalbazar," an officer said.

Some among the mob ransacked the Ward 74 office at 10 Gopalnagar Road while a few pelted Trinamul leader Pratap Saha's house at 6A Naba Roy Lane with stones and broke his grille gate.

(Source: The Telegraph)

6. Bail for Accused Teacher

Soumen Rana, the dance teacher of the Deshapriya Park school who was arrested last month for allegedly sexually assaulting a Class II student, was granted interim bail on Thursday.

Saurab Banik, the lawyer appearing for the 19-year-old, said the accused had been granted bail on certain conditions.

"The second additional district sessions judge of Alipore court has granted the bail on certain conditions. One such condition is that he will not enter the areas under the jurisdiction of Tollygunge and Haridevpur police stations," Banik said.

Rana - a resident of Dum Dum - allegedly touched the seven-year-old inappropriately and threatened to "bury her" when she said she had reported about him to her mother.

According to the complaint, the teacher used to lure the girl with chocolates.

The child had been skipping school - a church-run institution for girls - after she was allegedly subjected to sexual harassment by the dance teacher over several days.

The girl later broke down when her mother asked her why she was reluctant to go to school. The alleged offence was reported on 9 February. Rana was arrested the same day.

(Source: The Telegraph)

7. Uber-Hot Food at Your Doorstep

App-cab aggregator Uber will soon go to town with its food delivery app.

With over 200 restaurants on board, Uber Eats will initially service parts of the city before spreading out.

"We will go live in places where there is a large youth population or areas with a number of restaurants. It will take two to three months to cover the entire city," said Bhavik Rathod, the head of Uber Eats India.

Uber Eats has tied up with such restaurants as Momo I Am, Wise Owl, Rahmania and Aminia and confectioner Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick.

Users will have to download the Uber Eats app. "All our riders will get an alert when we launch Uber Eats in the city," Rathod said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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