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TMC units clash over fish trade

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Haroa (North 24-Parganas): A series of clashes between two groups of Trinamool and the subsequent arrest of at least 23 Trinamool activists, including two party leaders, seems to be the fallout of a bitter battle over control of Haroa fish trade.

If lower rung Trinamool Congress leaders are to be believed, Haroa has turned into a battleground for two local Trinamool heavyweights -an MLA and an MP.

According to local sources, Haroa’s Gopalpur No. 2 panchyat areas are still simmering. “The arrest of 23 party supporters, including the leaders of both groups, enraged the party supporters. Senior district leaders, including the MP and MLAs, were asked not to enter the area till the situation was brought under control. After dismissing the Gopalpur No. 2 block committee, senior leaders formed a steering committee led by Trinamool district executive president Narayan Goswami to observe the situation,” a party insider said.

At least 18 persons were injured in the clashes.Six of them suffered bomb and bullet wounds in a fresh clash at Amta-Khatra near Gopalpur over control of the bheris at Ghagramari and Bhanur.

Several senior district police officials, including the ASP and SDPO, and their vehicles came under attack while they were trying to stop the fight.

State food minister and district Trinamool chief Jyotipriya Mallick, however, said that the party shouldn’t be held responsible for the clashes.

“If somebody gets involved in bheri politics personally , then our party will never take any responsibility of any offence done by any individual.The law will take its own course. We have dismissed the committee as two senior committee members were arrested,” the minister said.

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Fog disrupts flight operations at Kolkata airport

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KOLKATA: Fog and poor visibility today led to cancellation of some flights and disruptions at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport here.

Airport authorities said the operations were closed from 4am and 8:30am due to “zero visibility” following heavy fog.

With an improvement in visibility, the flights resumed at 8.30am, the authorities said.

While one international flight and two domestic flights were cancelled, seven flights were diverted.

Aggrieved passengers wondered why no information was given to them about the cancellation and the delay of the flights.

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8 hurt in Metro escalator accident

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KOLKATA: Eight Metro commuters were injured when an escalator at Girish Park station suddenly reversed direction on Thursday evening. Two of the victims had to be admitted to hospital but the rest were released after first-aid.

The freak accident occurred at 8.33 pm when passengers were taking the escalator (No. 8202) from the platform to the mezzanine floor. It suddenly jerked and started moving downwards, knocking commuters off their feet.

“The escalator was moving up but it suddenly changed direction. Eight persons fell down and got hurt. Their shouts alerted station officials who rushed to their aid and stopped the escalator,” said Indrani Banerjee, senior PRO, Metro Railway . The victims were given first-aid at the station manager’s room. “Six of them left but we shifted the remaining two to Medical College Hospital, Kolkata. One of them has a scalp injury and the other a leg wound,” Banerjee said.

Poltu Chakraborty , the one with the scalp injury , needed stitches. He and Paresh Daripa were moved to BR Singh Hospital in a Metro ambulance. Poltu is also injured in the neck and chest. They are being treated for free. “We don’t want to take any chances. Both of them will undergo tests to ascertain if they need further treatment,” she said, adding that Metro GM A K Kapoor has ordered a highlevel inquiry to be completed by Saturday . The role of the maintenance staff will be probed.

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