QKolkata: CM Stops Convoy To Let Traffic Pass; Satabdi Questioned

1. CM Stops, Scolds Cops, Lets Cars Pass

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday got out of her car and rebuked traffic cops posted at Teghoria crossing on VIP Road for halting traffic on the service roads and the main thoroughfare to facilitate smooth movement of her convoy. The CM then asked her convoy to park at the side and asked officers to allow free movement of vehicles. She stood there for a good four-and-a-half minutes till normal traffic movement resumed on the stretch before leaving.

Banerjee was returning from the airport around 5.45pm on Thursday with a convoy of nine vehicles. It is usual protocol – followed by cops across the state – to stop traffic movement on main thoroughfares and crossover points to ensure any VIP passing through gets a free passage without the hassle of getting stuck in snarls or slow traffic. Banerjee has time and again tried to defy this protocol and has often instructed cops in public not to hamper traffic movement for her passage. On Thursday, seeing a number of vehicles stopped on the service roads parallel to VIP Road to allow her smooth passage, she asked her convoy to pull over and rebuked the cops.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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2. Saradha Quiz for TMC MP Satabdi Roy

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned Birbhum Trinamool MP and actor Satabdi Roy on Thursday over the Saradha deposit scam.

Satabdi had recently expressed a desire to return Rs 29 lakh she had received from the firm as its brand ambassador. In 2016, actor Mithun Chakraborty had returned Rs 1.19 crore to the ED allegedly received from the Saradha group in June 2016.

On Thursday, Satabdi arrived around 2.30pm at the ED office in Salt Lake’s CGO Complex and was quizzed for nearly two-and-a-half hours. Sources said investigators wanted to know how she had received the money from the Saradha group and the number of instalments. “If I am asked to appear again, I will do so,” Satabdi said on her way out.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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3. 8 Days Of August Rain 33% Of June-July Count

The first eight days of August has seen Kolkata receive a third of the rain it did in June and July — the period during which the city recorded a huge rain deficit. Frequent showers since Wednesday have pushed the count up but Kolkata still had a slender shortfall of 12% till Thursday. While the deep depression that triggered rain across south Bengal this week has reduced the arrears, Met officials pointed that at least two to three such depressions were necessary for the rain count to touch the normal mark.

Between 1 and 8 August, Kolkata has received 87.8mm rain, which is below the normal count of 100.2mm, for the period. In June and July, the city had received 263.9mm rain.

(Source: The Times Of India)

4. Shoulders Stuck But Train Still: Calcutta Metro

Metro Railway has acknowledged that a St Xavier’s College student’s claim that her shoulders had got stuck between the doors of a train was true but denied that the train had started moving.

Aatreyee Bhattacharya had tweeted on Tuesday evening that her shoulders had got stuck as the doors of a Metro train closed on them even as she felt the train starting to pull out of Park Street station.

Metro Railway officials had said that footage of CCTV cameras at the station did not show any such incident.

On Thursday, however, the Metro authorities admitted that a passenger was stuck between the closing doors of a train for seven seconds at Park Street station.

(Source: The Telegraph)

5. Delivery Boy Siphons Off Rs1 Cr Collected From Customers

The anti-fraud section of the detective department has arrested a delivery boy, who duped the company he worked for by collecting money and cheques from customers and depositing them in his own account. By the time the company finally caught his con in June, when he quit the job and also became incommunicado, 25-year-old Subhankar Das had already amassed nearly Rs 1 crore since January last year.

A probe revealed that from the dispatch centre of the private company on Vivekananda Road, various products were delivered to customers of top ecommerce firms through delivery boys. “Since January 2018, Das and some others entered into a criminal conspiracy and siphoned off Rs 92,95,000. Das deposited the amount in his personal account at State Bank of India, instead of company’s account, also in SBI,” said joint CP (crime) Murlidhar Sharma. “To dodge the company officials, the accused prepared fictitious money receipts and produced them to the company, claiming the amounts collected from the customers had been deposited in the official account. This was criminal breach of trust.”

(Source: The Times Of India)

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