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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

W Bengal govt asked by HC to submit affidavit on Lalgarh firing

PTI, Kolkata, 11 January : The Calcutta High Court today directed the West Bengal government to explain its position on the Lalgarh firing of 7 January while hearing a PIL seeking a CBI probe into the incident that claimed seven lives.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice J N Patel and Justice A K Roy directed the West Bengal Principal Secretary (Home) to file the affidavit by 13 January.
The bench directed the state government to explain its position on the prayers for a CBI probe on the existence of armed camps and the plea for interim compensation to the kin of the dead and injured on the PIL by the Bar Association of the high court.
The state produced the case diary in the matter which was registered at Lalgarh police station, but it did not contain the seizure list. File Photos : AFP
Bangladesh, Bhutan ink deals
UNB, Dhaka, 11 January : Bangladesh and Bhutan Tuesday morning signed an agreement on cultural exchange and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cooperation in health sector.
The deals were signed in presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Bhutanese Counterpart Jigmi Y Thinley at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), said PM’s Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad. Bhutanese Foreign Secretary Dasho Daw Penjo signed the two deals on behalf of his government while Health Secretary Hymayun Kabir and acting Cultural Affairs Secretary Suraiya Begum signed for Bangladesh government.
Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni, Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque, Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Abul Kalam Azad, Adviser to the PM Mashiur Rahman, Ambassador at-Large M Ziauddin, PM's Principal Secretary MA Karim and Foreign Secretary Mijarul Quayes were, among others, present. Photo : PID

Pro-Maoist shutdown hits life of three West Bengal districts
Kolkata, 11 January : The second day of the 72-hour shut down called by the pro-Maoist group - Peoples' Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) - evoked partial response in parts of three Maoist-affected West Bengal districts Tuesday.
The tribal group is observing the shutdown to protest against the 7 January killing of Eight people allegedly by assailants backed by the state's ruling CPI(M) in Netai village near Lalgarh. No buses moved on the roads in Junglemahal - the forest areas of West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura districts. Shops and other business establishments remained closed, causing problems to the local population.

Police arrest Maoist linkman,claim had links with Trinamool
PTI, Bhubaneswar, 11 January : An alleged Maoist linkman Karuna Mahto was arrested in Cuttack on Monday by West Bengal police which claimed that he had links with the Trinamool Congress. "West Bengal police informed the commissionarte of police here that Mahto was a local leader of Trinamool Congress. He has been taken by West Bengal police on remand," Commissioner of Police (CP) BK Sharma told PTI here.
Mahto (55) was among the three persons who accompanied two injured persons from West Bengal to SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack. "Mahto was arrested by Bengal police followinng on complaint against him in their state," Sharma said, adding that during interrogation Mahto had also admitted that he worked as a local leader of Trinamool Congress at Jharagram block.

1971's Liberation War crimes probe agency reconstituted
Dhaka, 11 January : Bangladesh government on Tuesday co-opted two into the probe agency formed last year to investigate crimes against humanity during the 1971's Liberation War.
The government, however, excluded a member of the committee - Khasrur Haque, a home ministry circular said. The new members are: M Sanaul Haque, former inspector general of police, and Md Abdul Hannan Khan, former additional deputy inspector general of police. Inclusion of the two raises the number of probe agency members to 20.

Section of Kolkata intellectuals visit Lalgarh,talk to villagers
IANS, Kolkata, 11 January : A section of intellectuals aligned to the Trinamool Congress Tuesday visited West Bengal’s Netai village near the Maoist stronghold of Lalgarh and described last week’s killing of seven villagers as “barbaric”.Trinamool bigwigs, including Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Partha Chattopadhyay, accompanied the group of intellectuals to the Nitai village in West Midnapore district.
Painters, sculptors, singers, actors and theatre personalities of Kolkata met relatives of the victims and listened to their harrowing tales. They also visited the exact spot where the incident occurred Friday. “This incident is barbaric and uncivilised. I am at a loss for words in condemning this incident,” said Bratya Basu, a theatre personality and actor.
These intellectuals had last week taken out a procession and blocked a main busy road in the city to protest the seven villagers’ killings. File Photo