News Flash – 23 May 2019

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Youth making Bomb Dies, two injured in Kakinara Explosion, Five Arrested

Police and central forces have been deployed at Bhatpara, Kakinara and Baruipara.



Bhatpara: A 28-year-old youth died in a bomb blast at Kakinara on Tuesday night, spreading fresh tension in violence-ravaged Bhatpara. Police said the explosion occurred when the victim and some others were making bombs inside a shanty near Kakinara railway siding. At least three persons sustained splinter injuries in the blast in Kakinara’s Nayabazar colony around 10.30pm on Tuesday. The three were taken to Kalyani JNM hospital and one of them, Mohammad Imtiaz alias Sanu, was later shifted to a nursing home at Belghoria, where he died late on Tuesday. “Imtiaz was killed in the blast while making bombs. We have arrested five people from Nayabazar-Kantapukur area and seized huge raw materials used to make bombs. Raids are still underway,” a senior officer of Jagaddal police station said. The cycle of violence that began with the assembly by-poll in Bhatpara on Sunday continued to simmer. The past 72 hours has witnessed intermittent clashes between Trinamool and BJP workers, with houses and shops being ransacked and godowns and vehicles being torched. Though cops have imposed Section 144 of CrPC, the curfew has failed to curb flare-ups. A large contingent of police, RAF, combat force and central forces, led by senior police officers, like ADG south Bengal Sanjay Singh and DIG Burdwan Tanmay Ray Chaudhuri, have been conducting route march at Bhatpara, Kakinara and Jagaddal since Tuesday.



But police claimed the situation was returning to normal. “The scene is much improved in the trouble torn Kantapukur, Rustam Gumti, Baruipara and Kakinara Bazar. State police and central paramilitary forces have been posted to keep an eye. There has been no fresh violence in the past 24 hours. People are trying to resume normal life and we are keeping everything under watch,” said Barrackpore commissionerates DCP (zone 1) K Kannan. Police and Bhatpara civic authorities held a peace meeting on Wednesday. “Locals, including traders, NGOs, club’s members, netas and councilors attended the meeting. We will not allow anybody to incite trouble,” said Somenath Talukdar, acting chairman of Trinamool-run Bhatpara municipality, pointing an accusing finger at BJP for fomenting trouble. But Arjun Singh, Barrackpore LS BJP candidate, blamed the Trinamool for the violence and claimed Imtiaz, killed in the blast, was a criminal hired by Trinamool. Locals said police should have taken the initiative earlier. “I have sent the rest of my family to a relative’s place,” said Raja Chowdhury of Kakinara.



An Hour’s Rain on Tuesday cuts Power Supply for 24 Hours


Hyderabad: Several parts of Hyderabad plunged into complete darkness after an hour of rain on Tuesday night, with several areas suffering massive power disruptions due to uprooted trees falling on electricity poles, feeder breakdowns and cable faults among other issues. Bolarum, Alwal and Sainikpuri witnessed power outages that lasted between 18 and 24 hours. According to the Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited’s (TSSDPCL) status report released on Wednesday, over 90 areas faced power outages during the day in Hyderabad. Residents of Bolarum were the worst affected. “Power supply snapped around 7 pm on Tuesday.



Though electricity was restored in 50 per cent of the affected areas, several spots didn’t have power supply for almost 24 hours,” A Murali Krishna, executive committee member of Federation of New Bolarum Colonies said. Many agitated consumers took to twitter seeking clarity on when power supply would be restored. “It’s been more than 20 hrs. What is happening? No power supply in Rail Nagar Colony, Turkapally road, Bolarum. Like no electricity for more than 20 hrs. during this scorching heat. Customer care is not picking up calls and if they are, they are giving rude replies,” tweeted Diksha Gupta, a resident of the area. Almost all consumers who registered grievances with the local fuse office complained of lack of response from officials. Meanwhile, issuing a standard response for all queries, the official handle of TSSPDCL wrote: “Sorry for the inconvenience. Supply will be restored soon”.

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