QKolkata: Cops Begin Initial Inquiry In Shami Case & More

1. Md Shami Case: Cops Begin Initial Inquiry

A day before Md Shami’s estranged wife Hasin Jahan is set to appear before a Kolkata judicial magistrate to record her in camera statement, the Kolkata Police along with the Uttar Pradesh Police on Sunday, 18 March, started their preliminary enquires in Amroha.

The police team, which is likely to question Shami by next week, is trying to gather corroborative evidence after Hasin alleged she was subjected to mental and physical trauma after marriage and survived an “attempt to rape.”

Joint Commissioner of Police (crime) Praveen Tripathy, however, refused to divulge details. “The team will be in Amroha till completion of the inquiry,” he said. According to police sources, a part of Hasin’s complaint (now registered as an FIR with non-bailable penal sections like rape and attempt to murder) deals with the time she spent in Amroha in December 2017. The couple was married in 2014.

(Source: The Times of India)

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2. Owner, Manager of Nursing Home Held

On a day police arrested the manager and one of the owners of Burdwan’s Annapurna Nursing Home, which has been in the eye of the storm after the nursing home authorities allegedly sent an AC mechanic in the guise of a doctor to accompany a 16-year-old boy to Kolkata in an ambulance on Friday, 16 March, was also earlier sealed by the police in 2016 for not following guidelines under the Clinical Establishment Act.

But the nursing home started functioning a few weeks later, allegedly after the district health authorities gave them permission.

“The nursing home was sealed for sometime when functional irregularities were found during a joint raid in December 2016,” said Kunal Agarwal, SP of Burdwan. Meanwhile, after a raid on Saturday night, 18 March, by a team from Purba Jadavpur police station, the officers arrested Animesh Mallick (49), one of the nursing home owners, and Sk Ruhul Islam (42), the manager. Police also seized important documents. Two other owners and Vicky, an ambulance owner, are still at large. None from the nursing home were available for comments.

(Source: The Times of India)

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3. Mayor Back in Business, Says ‘No Rift With Party’

After confining himself at his Golpark home for three days, Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee on Sunday, 18 March, indicated that he was going to resume his normal official duties from Monday.

An indication to this was apparent when 150 KMC files marked “urgent” were dispatched to the mayor’s home to be signed.

Breaking his silence on the issue, Chatterjee on Sunday brushed aside the rumours of tendering resignation as mayor. He said he was unwell and hence needed some rest at home.

“It is true that I did not attend office for the past three days and that might have fuelled some speculations at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation headquarters or in a section of media. I want to make it very clear that under no circumstances I am going to resign. I was not keeping well and hence decided to stay at home. I am now ready to join office,’’ Chatterjee told TOI.

(Source: The Times of India)

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4. Under Pressure, Village No Longer a Rohingya Haven

A South 24-Parganas village that had welcomed 109 Rohingya refugees – in four batches – is scared to accept any more.

Because of political turbulence and constant police watch, a group of 80 Rohingyas who had arrived at the Kuruli village refugee camp in Baruipur last Tuesday were not allowed to settle there, with the villagers driving them out.

“We have been regularly receiving threats from a political outfit for giving shelter to unknown foreigners,” said a middle-aged villager who lives near the refugee camp. “To make matters worse, cops are coming to our village almost every day and are asking a lot of questions to women and children. We are sympathetic to the Rohingyas and are not asking the ones who have already settled here to go away, but we don’t want any more.”

(Source: The Times of India)

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5. Child Hit on Head in Auto Driver Assault

A 12-year-old boy and his father were allegedly assaulted in Baguiati on Saturday, 17 March, by an auto driver angry over his passengers not having change ready to pay the exact fare.

The incident occurred after Sushil Chamaria gave driver Tanmoy Mondal a Rs 50 note – the fare was Rs 14 – and took "an extra few seconds" to find Rs 4 worth of coins in the front pocket of his jeans.

According to a complaint received by Baguiati police station, Tanmoy rained abuse on Sushil for not being able to pay the fare the moment he and his son alighted. He allegedly proceeded to assault the trader and also hit his son Adarsh, a student of class 6, on the back of his head.

Tanmoy has been absconding since police registered an FIR naming him. The auto drivers' union for the Baguiati-Shyamnagar route has suspended him for three days, sources said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

6. Effluent Lapse at Sealdah Station

The state Pollution Control Board has reported to the National Green Tribunal that Sealdah station, through which around 1.6 million people pass daily, has no effluent-treatment plant and discharges its waste untreated into the civic body's sewerage.

The board prepared the report following an inquiry ordered by the eastern zonal bench of the green tribunal. The bench had ordered the inquiry in January in response to a petition filed by environment activist Subhas Datta.

"I had filed a petition last April about pollution at Howrah station. During the hearing, Justice SP Wangdi observed that Sealdah station was no better and suo motu directed the state pollution control board to conduct an inquiry at the station and report to the bench," Datta said on Saturday, 17 March.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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7. Extortion Cuffs on Former Councillor

A former Trinamool Congress councillor of Barrackpore Municipality has been arrested after a woman, a relative of his, consumed poison and accused him of demanding money from her to let her build a house in Titagarh.

The woman, Papiya Kaur, wrote a note before attempting suicide on Saturday, 17 March. In it she accused Milan Krishna Aash, the former councillor, of demanding money from her. She is being treated at BN Bose Hospital in Barrackpore.

Aash was rounded up on Sunday.

Police said the woman, in her 30s, had inherited a two-cottah plot a month ago. She wanted to build a house on it.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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