Tamluk, Kolkata, 4 May : Four months after hooch claimed more than 25 lives in Kolkata’s Kidderpore area, at least 24 people died and more than 200 fell ill after consuming illicit liquor in East Midnapore’s Sahid Matangini block on Monday.
While East Midnapore DM Chhoten Lama confirmed to Bengal Newz about 22 deaths, unofficially the figure stood at over 30. Another person died at Kolkata’s SSKM Hospital late on Monday. Lama feared the figure could rise alarmingly as many of the victims were in a critical condition. Several of the seriously ill were referred to SSKM.
In a knee-jerk reaction, after angry women and victims relatives demolished and set ablaze few outlets at Ramtarak Hat and Kakatia Bazar. The district police said “the liquor is supplied from hooch dens in Shawtal Chowk and Shitalapur. Late-night raids will be conducted there,” said a senior district police officer. However, no arrests had been made till late at night.
On 4 January this year, 27 people died and several fell ill after allegedly consuming illicit liquor in Kidderpore. WB Finance and excise minister Asim Dasgupta had then showcaused three officers of the excise department and city police. Six people were arrested. န Photo : Raghu Nandan Mallick
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Agartala, 4 May : North Westers, accompanied by rains, lashed Tripura, which brought to an end to the six-month long dry spell and recent heat wave sweeping across the state. The state received about 29 mm rainfall during the past 24 hours which reduced the temperatures while meteorological department forecast more rain over the next two days.
Thunder storms caused disruption of power supply in several areas and uprooted more than a hundred houses and trees in various parts of the state but there was no report of loss of life so far. Standing crops and vegetables were also destroyed in the Bangladesh-bordering villages of Tripura following the ‘Kalbaishakhi’.
The water level rose in rivers and other water bodies which had dried up due to the drought-like situation. Weathermen forecast storm with moderate showers during next two days over entire Gangetic region while moderate rain/thunder showers are likely to occur at many places over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya.
PTI, Dhaka, 4 May : Bangladesh’s former chief of National Security Intelligence (NSI) was arrested in a mid-night raid for his involvement in the Ulfa weapon smuggling case. Shahabuddin Ahmed, who was sacked as wing commander of the Bangladesh Air Force, is the second highest ranked former official to be hauled up by the Sheikh Hasina government in the case.
Ahmed was arrested for his involvement in transporting 10 truckloads of weapons to Ulfa militants holed up in hideouts in northeastern India. The former security chief was brought to Chittagong under tight security.
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officials earlier this month arrested NSI field officer Akbar Hossain Khan, who later confessed to have arranged the weapons trucks in line with Ahmed’s orders. According to sources, Ahmed had close links with the former BNP regime led by Khaleda Zia.
The weapons included over 27,000 grenades, 150 rocket launchers, over 11 lakh ammunition rounds and 1,100 submachine guns. They were unloaded at a government jetty on April 2004, but were seized by security agencies.
Bogra, 4 May : Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-5) seized 2,280 bottles of Phensidyl and a private car and arrested its driver in this connection in Bogra today.
Acting on a tip-off, Rab members intercepted the Dhaka-bound private car from Bangla Hili land port at around 7:30am(BDST) and seized the Phensidyl. Rab took the driver to their custody for primary interrogation.
DSE turnover hits new record high
Dhaka, 4 May : Bangladesh investors indulged heavily in profit-taking, sparking the value of shares to nosedive in twin bourses with an increase in turnover that spurred Dhaka stocks to hit a new record Monday. Turnover on the Dhaka Stock Exchange soared to Tk 6.52 billion from Sunday's Tk 4.87 billion, bettering previous record of Tk 6.47 billion on 19 March.
Nearly 80 % of the traded scrips on the bourses shed values as almost all sectors fell saving power and some other issues that went up on rumours of dividend declarations. Market experts termed the market behaviour was normal it was going through correction.
"The market is correcting itself after banks drove it higher two weeks ago," Salahuddin Ahmed, former CEO of Dhaka Stock Exchange who now teaches finance at Dhaka University, told media.
Market observers said the higher turnover was largely contributed by the heated transactions of Titas Gas. The state-owned energy entity topped the turnover boards on the both bourses.
11 CRPF jawans injured as bus overturns in Burdwan
Katwa, 4 May : At least 11 CRPF jawans were injured when the bus in which they were travelling overturned at Komorpur hattala. About 25 CRPF jawans were in the vehicle when the accident occurred.
The injured were rushed to Katwa Sub-Divisional Hospital where five were admitted and the rest discharged after first aid, the Sub Divisional Police Officer said.
Support to UPA not ruled out : Sitaram Yechury
Kolkata, 4 May : Despite CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat having categorically ruled out support to a Congress-led government at the Centre, senior party politburo member Sitaram Yechury on Monday said the party's next step would be decided only after the elections.
"We will decide what will happen post-election, but right now our objective till the elections are over is the third alternative. However, we do not think the need to support a Congress-led government will arise," Yechury told a press conference here. Asked about Karat's statement in Kolkata recently that the Left would not extend support to a Congress-led coalition again, Yechury said, "I do not know in what context he had said this. We will meet and decide what will happen post-election."
Asked if the Left was approached to support a Congress-led coalition minus Manmohan Singh as the prime minister, he said they were not concerned about individuals, but issues.
Cox’s Bazar, 4 May : The Bangladesh Rifles pushed back 14 members including women and children of two Rohingyas families back to Myanmar while they were trying to illegally cross over the Naff river at Teknaf border Monday morning. Sources said the two families while trying to enter Bangladesh in a small boat were stopped by the BDR on patrol and sent back.