New Delhi, Kolkata, 27 October : Indian Home secretay on Tuesday evening stated that the driver of the New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express and his assistant, kidnapped by Maoists-backed tribals at Banstala station between Jhargram and Sarna stations of the SE Railway this afternoon, have been released.
“Rajdhani Express has been secured from the Maoists. The drivers too are safe,” home secretary G K Pillai informed media. Pro-Maoists group PCPA had claimed responsibility for the attack stating that the train drivers had defied the bandh call.
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Jhargram, 27 October : Two drivers of the New Delhi- Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express were kidnapped by Maoist-backed tribals at Banstala station between Jhargram and Sarna stations of the South Eastern Railway this afternoon.
CRPF forces have arrived on the spot and reports state that one CRPF personnel has been injured in the ensuing firing between security forces and the Maoist. The passengers have been majorly inconvenienced due to the ongoing chaos. Last week, the Railway Ministry had decided to run the Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express six days a week instead of five. န Photos : AP
A senior CID officer said, "There were some inconsistencies in his statement and so we questioned him again." န Photos : AP, Avijit Mondal
New Delhi, 27 October : The NHRC has directed West Bengal Health Secretary to appear before it following the state government's failure in submitting a report about the steps taken in connection with the death of 14 infants at a government hospital two years ago.
The Commission has directed the state health secretary to appear before it on 23 November. However, it also said his appearance is not required, if the report sought by it is submitted "on or before" 16 November. Fourteen infants had died allegedly due to negligence of doctors at Midnapore Medical College Hospital within a span of four days in May 2007.
The assurance was given by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee when the latter met him in Delhi recently, Bhattacharjee was quoted as having told a Left Front meeting here yesterday.
A CPI state leader, who preferred anonymity, said that the chief minister gave a briefing of his meeting with Chidambaram and expressed his government's firm determination to take on the Maoist challenge. He was also keen to find out the whereabouts of the two policemen missing since 30 July. န Photo : AFP
The Daily Star in an investigative report said the "chilling conspiracy" to kill Hasina was hatched at Hawa Bhaban, the office of Zia's elder son Tarique Rahman. "On 14 August, 2004 nine people sat at Hawa Bhaban to discuss a recommendation coming from a series of meetings in the past where Hasina's Awami League was branded as the arch enemy for the country and Islam, and it was recommended that she must die.
"I along the families of two missing constables met the home minister. He said he was upset and equally concerned. Though law and order is a state subject, he assured of all possible help in searching for them," Banerjee said after meeting Chidambaram here. The two constables Kanchan Garai and Sabir Ali Mollah had been whisked away by Maoists on 30 July from Lalgarh bazar, and there has been no trace of them since. Last Saturday at a press conference here, Bhattacharjee made a remark regarding the "death" of two policemen. That created a furore in the state, though the chief minister and his officials promptly said he was not referring to these two constables.
Banerjee said Bhattacharjee had misled the country, distorted the facts and misled the people and families of abducted policemen. It's a matter of great concern," she said.
The shutdown is observed on the call of the People's Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA), a pro-Maoist organisation that represents local tribesmen, against the anti-Maoist operations by para-military forces in the forest areas. Shops, educational institutions and business establishments remained closed in the Jangalmahal area of West Midnapore district. Similar shutdowns were also witnessed in the Bankura and Purulia districts.
Meanwhile, residents said the administration should initiate dialogue instead of using force to solve the issue.
Dhaka, 27 October : The central bank of Bangladesh has ordered the non-banking financial institutions (NBFIs) to freeze accounts of the banned Hizb ut Tahrir Bangladesh, officials told reporters.
The Bangladesh Bank (BB), the country's central bank, issued a fresh order in this connection on Monday and asked the chief executives of the country's 29 NBFIs to find out the organization's accounts and freeze them. The fresh order came a day after the central bank asked the chief executives of the country's 48 commercial banks to freeze accounts of the banned Islamic outfit.
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