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Thursday, May 26, 2011

More time needed to study Tata-WB Govt's Singur pact : Partha

Kolkata, 26 May : Though it was announced that the Mamata Banerjee's government would make public the agreement between the former West Bengal government and Tata for its Nano project at Singur, Industry minister Partha Chatterjee today said more time was required to study the legal implications.
"We are examining the legal issues. There are many parties involved, not only the Tatas. There are 54 vendors which exist on paper.
More time is needed to study and to examine the legal implications," Partha Chatterjee, told reporters after a meeting with the principal industry secretary, WBIDC managing director and IT secretary.
He said it was fortunate that Anindya Mitra, tipped to be the new advocate general by the present government, was familiar with the issue.
The Calcutta High Court in September, 2008 had restrained the WBIDC from making the agreement public on a petition moved by the Tatas.

SC ask Sourav Ganguly to return land to West Bengal govt
New Delhi, Kolkata, 26 May : Former India captain Sourav Ganguly received a serious set-back on Thursday after the Supreme Court quashed the land allotment to him by the West Bengal Government in 2000.
A bench headed by Justice A K Ganguly quashed the allotment of 63.04 'katha' land in the posh Salt Lake city and asked the cricketer to surrender the land within two weeks.
The court passed the order on a petition filed by a West Bengal-based NGO Humanity and others. The NGO challenged Calcutta High Court's order which had upheld the state government's decision of allotting the land to Ganguly.
The bench also directed the government to refund the money paid by Ganguly for the land.
Court puts on trial three suspected northeast insurgents
PTI, New Delhi, 26 May : A Delhi court has ordered trial of three Manipuri youths, suspected to be the members of northeast-based banned insurgent outfit Kanjalipak Communist Party, for allegedly raising fund for terror activities.
Additional Sessions Judge S S Rathi ordered their trial while framing charges against them for allegedly committing offences under the anti-terror law UAPA.
"Prima facie offences punishable under provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) are made out against the three accused persons," the judge said.

Crime trail leads to illegal B'deshi immigrants, 140 deported
IANS, New Delhi, 26 May : 'I was born and brought up in Midnapore in West Bengal. I have come here to earn a living. I am not a Bangladeshi,' pleaded 30-year-old Zakir. However, the identity documents he produced were found to be fake by Delhi Police which wasted no time in deporting him.
Zakir is one of the so-called 140 illegal Bangladeshi immigrants who have been deported from the capital, particularly northeast Delhi, in the past five months following a special drive by police.
The drive was launched after a spate of robberies and other crimes showed the involvement of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, police say. Not only that, police found out that some travel agents were bringing them here and helping them get Indian identity documents.
The agents also provide them a safe passage home after they commit a crime, and bring them back again after a cool-off period - of course, for a hefty sum, say police. 'A large number of Bangladeshi immigrants have illegally sneaked in and are staying in northeast Delhi. We have created special teams to identify and deport them,' Deputy Commissioner of Police Sanjay Kumar Jain told IANS.

'In the last five months, our teams have arrested around 140 illegal immigrants and handed them over to the FRRO (Foreigner Regional Registration Offices), which then deported them,' said Jain. Police claim the drive has also led to a dip in the crime rate. 'We are now looking for the agents who bring Bangladeshi immigrants in the city,' he added.
Areas like Seelampur, New Usmanpur, Jafrabad, Khajoori Khas and Seemapuri in the city have many Bangladeshi ghettos, which provide a safe hideout to the criminal elements within the community.
During the course of investigation, police found that the immigrants enter India illegally by crossing the border near Rajshahi, a Bangladesh border town, and Boghkalam in West Bengal's Murshidabad district.
Jain said some of the immigrants even obtain ration cards, voter identity cards and Permanent Account Number (PAN) cards. 'They get all these documents by furnishing false documents. They also open accounts in various banks by furnishing these documents,' he added. 'Some of them have been staying in Delhi for several years. They have a wide network across the city. They work as non-skilled workers in small units and many are labourers and domestic helps,' said Jain.
He said the illegal immigrants frequently change their residence and move to different slum areas to avoid detection. 'Whenever the beat constables get suspicious, they change their houses,' said Jain.
As the immigrants speak Bengali fluently, police find it hard to distinguish them from people in West Bengal.
'An immigrant once convinced us that he is from West Bengal and had all the necessary documents to prove that,' said Jain. When this IANS correspondent spoke to Zakir, he said he had all the documents to prove he was an Indian. But not only were his papers fake, he was also found to be involved in a fraud case, police said.
Police also detained some illegal immigrants during a servant verification process. 'We are keeping an eye on them on a regular basis and have also intensified house-to-house verification as a preventive measure,' added Jain.