News Flash – 6 November 2019

National News



Cyclone Bulbul likely to Bring Rain this Weekend

A thick blanket of haze reduced visibility in Kolkata on Tuesday.



Kolkata: Cyclone Bulbul, which is approaching the Bengal and Odisha coasts, could trigger light to moderate showers in Kolkata this weekend. The cyclone, which is yet to form, is now a low-pressure over the North Andaman Sea. It is set to intensify into a deep depression on Wednesday and a cyclonic storm over the subsequent 24 hours. While the coastal areas of the state could receive heavy rain, Kolkata and the rest of south Bengal may get less intense showers. “The city could remain cloudy from Friday with one or two spells of light rain. There could be more consistent rain on Saturday and Sunday, though the showers could be moderate,” said Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) director GK Das. He added that the course of the cyclone was not yet certain and it could swerve towards Bangladesh or Myanmar instead of hitting the Indian coastline.



A bulletin issued by the IMD Kolkata on Tuesday said the system was likely to move west-northwestwards initially and then north northwestwards towards Bengal, Odisha and Bangladesh coasts. Heavy rain was predicted at one or two places in North and South 24 Parganas and Midnapore. The cyclone is likely to be accompanied by a wind speed of up to 90kmph and reach a speed of up to 145kmph on November 8. According to IMD, Chennai, the low-pressure has formed on November 4 and is likely to turn into a ‘well-marked low-pressure’ and move in a west-northwest direction. “It is likely to concentrate into a depression over the subsequent 48 hours and intensify further with west-northwestward movements,” said the IMD Chennai website. An alert has been sounded for fishermen in Bengal and Odisha.



87-Year-Old at Home Alone Robbed of Cash & Jewellery Worth Rs.5.5 Lakhs


Kolkata: An 87-year-old who stays alone was robbed of cash and valuables worth around Rs 5.5 lakh from his home in Ashwini Nagar, near the Ranikuthi crossing, in the early hours of Tuesday. The incident  at a populous locality, with cops being stationed just 200 metres away has worried residents and raised questions about security. Two people have been detained in connection with the case. Amal Chandra Basu, a former South Eastern Railway employee who lost his wife recently, was in deep sleep, having locked his main entrance around 10pm on Monday. Like every day, he took a sleeping pill. “I went to bed around 10.20pm. I woke up around 2.45am to go to the washroom and saw two men standing on either side of my bed,” he said. “The one standing on the left was taller, and he was holding the keys of my almirahs. He demanded Rs 1 lakh from me. When I told him I did not have that much money, he brought out a screwdriver and held it near my earlobe. I felt a sharp weapon, probably scissors, near my stomach. The other man, who was shorter, was holding another screwdriver to scare me”. “When I opened the almirah, as directed, they tied my legs and hands with a bed cover and my Panjabi. They found the gold in one almirah and although I pleaded with them to spare the valuables, they did not pay any heed and decamped with it,” Basu added. Basu asked them to return his sim cards because he “would not be able to book his LPG cylinder without it”. The robbers apparently took pity on him and returned two sim cards, although they took the three mobiles.



Apart from the mobiles, the goons left with Rs 48,000 in cash and gold jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh. The entire operation lasted around 90 minutes. It was clear from Basu’s account that the robbers were in no sort of hurry to leave. Before they left, they calmly ate some bars of chocolate Basu had kept in front of his recently deceased wife’s photograph. They told him they would go to catch the “morning’s first Canning local”, Basu told cops. It was not until 4.15am that Basu managed to free himself and seek help from neighbours. His son Siddharth (51), a senior telecommunication executive, and daughter-in-law, Debjani (46), who stay nearby rushed to his home after being alerted. “We had appointed a few masons from Jadavpur and Behala just a day ago for some repairs. There is also a Jagatdhatri Puja nearby, so workers have been frequenting the place,” said Debjani, adding that every bag and suitcase in the house had been “searched”. A family member said one of Basu’s neighbours had seen someone outside her home at 2am and heard a dog bark. “Basu had spoken about starting a fixed deposit of Rs 1lakh in the bank with a relative on Monday. The accused may have overheard the conversation,” he said. The Jadavpur police is probing the case even through the detective department has deputed a team to crack the case. The victim helped police draw up sketches of the accused on Tuesday evening. The Jadavpur police is probing the case. The detective department has also deputed a team. “We are questioning some people in this regard and have detained two persons,” said joint CP (crime) Murlidhar Sharma.

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