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Recipient of President’s Police medals, NIA chief Sharad Kumar re-employed

Fri, 28 Oct 2016-09:47pm , New Delhi , PTI

Sharad Kumar is involved in various important cases which includes Pathankot terror case, terror strikes in Kashmir, Burdwan blast case and Samjhauta blast cases. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a rare move, the Government gave second extension of one year to senior IPS officer Sharad Kumar on Friday by re-employing him as Director General of National Investigation Agency (NIA) for a period of one year. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the proposal for re-appointment of Kumar on the post of DG, NIA on “re-employment” for a period of one year beyond end of previous one year an official statement said.Kumar, an IPS officer of 1979 batch of Haryana cadre, was appointed as Chief of NIA on July 30, 2013. His continuance was approved apparently to help the agency in completing some of the important cases which includes Pathankot terror case, terror strikes in Kashmir, Burdwan blast case and Samjhauta blast cases. Having got numerous outstanding reports during service, Kumar is also a recipient of President’s Police medals for meritorious and distinguished services in the year 1996 and 2004, respectively.

BSF submits proposal for fencing Indo-Bangladesh border on an urgent basis

Kolkata: Amid growing concerns over terrorists using the porous Indo-Bangla border, the BSF has submitted a detailed proposal to the West Bengal government about the amount of land needed for setting up fences in a highly sensitive 81.7 km area on an urgent basis.

The issue of erecting fences along the international Indo-Bangla border was in cold storage for last several years. It was taken up just months after the terror attack in Dhaka and various intelligence inputs about how the porous Indo- Bangla border is fast turning into a transit point for terrorists and cattle smugglers.

“The matter of identifying land and survey of land was held back since 2009. But recently the state government had sought detailed proposals from us regarding the amount of land that is required in the south Bengal frontier.

“We have placed a detailed report about the amount of land and alignment that is needed and other basics that is required by the BSF,” Sandeep Salunke, Inspector General BSF (South Bengal frontier) told PTI.

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According to Salunke, that the BSF had handed over a detailed report of land plots needed in North 24 Parganas, Nadia and Murshidabad district to fence 81.7 km without delay.

Bangladesh and West Bengal share about 2,216.7 km of border.

“Out of the 915 km of border in the South Bengal frontier only 371 km is fenced. So we have sent the proposal for setting up fences in 81.7 km at an urgent basis. These areas are highly sensitive. Fencing would be an added advantage in border patrolling,” a senior BSF official said.

According to state secretariat sources, the report was handed to the state chief secretary and home secretary and the process for the survey of the land has already started.

“Yes we had received a report from them. Now the state has land purchase committee, under the state owns land policy, which will look into it. The BSF will pay for the land and it will be registered under BSF only.

“The process of survey of that land and alignment has started on an war footing. The entire process will be completed very soon,” a senior official of the state home department told PTI on condition of anonymity.

According to BSF and state home department sources, 67.38 km in North 24 parganas, 7.99 km in Nadia and 6.41 km in Murshidabad district need immediate fencing as these areas are fast turning into safe heavens for JMB members and other anti-socials.

The North 24 Parganas district shares nearly 241 km of international border with Bangladesh. As per state police and BSF sources, till July more than 50 Bangladeshi nationals have been arrested for illegally crossing over.

According to state government sources, the deadlock over the land issue came after there was agreement with the Bengal government’s suggestion of direct land purchase by the BSF with help from the state administration.

Recently, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has given strict instructions to the police and district administration to stop cow smuggling across the international border.

According to BSF and state home department sources, the recent terror attack in Dhaka’s posh Gulshan area and recent arrest of Mohammed Musiruddin (25) that has exposed the presence of the terror group in the state, particularly in the districts bordering Bangladesh including Burdwan.

“After Burdwan blast it came into light how this porous border was used by the JMB terrorists to set up their base in the state. A proper border fencing would help in checking it,”
a senior state IB official said.

Burdwan district entered the terror map in October 2014 when two suspected JMB terrorists were killed while making improvised explosive devices at a rented house at Khagragarh. The JMB wants to established the Sharia rule by overthrowing the democratically-elected government in Bangladesh, the NIA had stated in its charge sheet.

West Bengal: Several people missing after boat capsize in Burdwan

A boat capsized in Bengal’s Burdwan district on Saturday night. Locals said that the boat, going to Shantipur from Kalna, had onboard passengers more than the permissible limit.Rescue operations are yet to begin, even though the incident took place last night. This prompted the family members of the missing, accompanied by locals, to go on a rampage near the Kalna ghat and a boat was also set on fire.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The angry mob has been protesting against the role of the administration for not beginning the rescue operations on time.Meanwhile, the ferry service from Kalna to Shantipur has been suspended.

Being social: Prisoner found posting pics on Facebook, probe ordered

Burdwan (WB): A prisoner, lodged at the Burdwan Correctional Home for the past one year, has been allegedly found posting his pictures and of other inmates on social networking site Facebook, thus causing a flutter among the administration in Burdwan.

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Confirming receiving the report of prisoner Vishal Singh posting pictures of his and some other jail inmates for past few months, a top district official said, “We are holding a probe.”

The official said none will be spared if any irregularities were found with respect to prison security.

Singh was arrested a year ago in a narcotics case.

The ADM said the authorities were also looking into allegations that he chatted on Facebook with outside friends and this was a serious charge.

Superintendent of Correctional Home, Subharata Chatterjee said he was looking into the report.

West Bengal polls Phase 3: 79.22% voter turnout; 1 dead in violence in Murshidabad

A CPI(M) supporter was killed and ten were injured in sporadic violence during the third phase of polling for 62 Assembly seats of West Bengal which saw an estimated 79.22 per cent turnout.The Election Commission said in New Delhi that the turnout could be more as the figures were based on text messages sent by polling officials from the field till 5 pm. Heavy turnout of 81.62 per cent was recorded in 17 seats of Nadia, 79.29 per cent in 22 seats of Murshidabad and 78.26 per cent in 16 seats of Burdwan. However, the seven constituencies of northern Kolkata, registered only 57.05 per cent votes.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Though polling ended at 6 PM, officials said the final turnout figure would be known on Friday.Deputy Election Commissioner in charge of West Bengal Sandeep Saxena said that in the 2011 assembly polls, the voter turnout stood at 84.83 per cent, while it was 81.80 per cent in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls in the constituencies which went to poll on Thursday.CPI(M) supporter killed in MurshidabadThe body of a 35-year-old CPI(M) supporter, identified as Tahidur Mondal, was found about 500 metres away from a polling booth at Shibapara area of Domkal Assembly seat in Murshidabad district. No arrests have so far been made in connection with the incident.Asked whether the incidents of violence in the third phase were the highest in this phase, Saxena said the Commission “cannot compare” the number of incidents in each phase. Police said an FIR has been filed against 20 persons alleging that Trinamool supporters killed Mondal.Clashes between two groups in Domkal constituencyIn another area of Domkal constituency, four people were hurt, two of them seriously, in a clash between rival political workers for which 25 people have been detained. Three other incidents of clashes were also reported from Burdwan in which crude bombs were used.ADG (law and order) Anuj Sharma said the police made 169 arrests during the day out of which 162 were under preventive sections all over the state. Altogether 63 preventive arrests were made from Kolkata including 52 from Beleghata area where there were complaints of voter intimidation.A government official on poll duty, who was maintaining the queue at a booth in Burdwan district, died of sun-stroke. Altogether seven presiding officers were removed from duty during the day in Burdwan and Murshidabad, West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Gupta said.Babul Supriyo heckled in Jorasanko constituencyUnion Minister Babul Supriyo was allegedly heckled at a polling booth in Jorasanko constituency in the city when he went to cast his vote along with his mother. In Kolkata, Trinamool leader Anwar Khan was arrested following instructions from the Chief Electoral Officer after he was shown on TV channels abusing the poll panel while talking to a party worker over phone.During the day, the poll panel received over 2,700 complaints, many of which were related to booth-capturing, false voting and voter intimidation. Altogether 418 candidates, including 34 women, are in fray in this phase where over 1.37 crore voters, including 65.8 lakh females, were eligible to exercise their franchise.Key candidates whose fate was sealed today include Trinamool ministers Shashi Panja and Sadhan Pande, BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha, five-time Congress MLA Md Sohrab, CPI-M MLA Anisur Rahman and retired IPS officer Nazrul Islam. TMC distances itself from the Domkal incidentChief Minister and Trinamool chairperson Mamata Banerjee said her party has nothing to do with the incident in Domkal.”It is a false propaganda by a media house,” she said at an election rally in North 24 Parganas district.TMC lauded the Election Commission for ensuring large turnout in polling on Thursday.”The voting process has been good. EC has done a good job in ensuring that so many people could vote,” TMC vice-president Mukul Roy said.CPI(M) Politburo leader Md Salim alleged the ground was slipping fast from under the ruling TMC and that was why it was resorting to widespread violence and attacking opposition party workers and supporters. CPI(M) alleged EC had failed to ensure free and fair polls in the third round of polling in Bengal and opposition Left Front demanded repolling in 15 booths in Domkal constituency.Congress demands repolling in DomkalCongress state president Adhir Chowdhury demanded repolling in 11 booths in Domkal constituency and claimed Left Front-Congress alliance today took another step towards winning the Assembly polls in Bengal. There were one lakh security personnel, including 75,000 central forces, on duty for the polls. Polling will be held in three more phases ending on May 5.Preventive arrests were also made in Phoolbagan, Entally and Jorabagan areas of Kolkata. Out of the seven presiding officers who were replaced during the day, five were from Burdwan.In Khandaghosh area, action was taken after it was found that the presiding officer had allowed unauthorised entry into the polling booth. In other cases, the officers were removed after they were found to be slow or incompetent in handling polling.

West Bengal Elections 2016: PM Modi to hold rallies in Howrah and Basirhat

Continuing the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) vigorous campaign in poll-hit West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Thursday address rallies in Howrah district and Basirhat south in North 24 Parganas.First, he will address a rally at Howrah north where actor-turned politician Roopa Ganguly is the party candidate. He would then fly to Basirhat to address a public meeting where party candidate Samik Bhattacharjee was elected in the by-polls last year.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Prime Minister on Sunday had addressed two public meeting- Krishnanagar and Saheed Minar in the city when Bengal was polling for 56 assembly seats.Meanwhile, polling is under way for the third phase for 62 assembly seats in four districts of Burdwan, Murshidabad, Nadia and north Kolkata.

West Bengal polls: EC to register FIR against TMC leader Sohrab Ali for trespassing polling booth

The Election Commission of India (ECI) said on Monday, that the commission will register an FIR against Trinamool Congress leader Sohrab Ali for trespassing a polling station amidst elections. “There was one incident in Burdwan district’s Ranigunj at polling booth number-50, where a candidate, along with her husband entered the polling station. We have initiated disciplinary action against the Presiding officer and we will register an FIR against that person who trespassed the polling booth,” said deputy election commissioner, Sandeep Saxena. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The overall poll percentage till 5pm across all the 31 constituencies spread across three districts – Burdwan, Bankura and West Midnapore stood at 79.56%. The finally tally about the total poll percentage will be notified by the commission later.Meanwhile, the commission described the second part of the first phase of polls as peaceful. “We have not encountered any incident of violence inside or outside the polling premises or the booths,” added Saxena.Barring sporadic cases of violence in the first two hours of polling and few stray incidents over the day, the polling was peaceful. However, opposition parties – Left Front and Congress alleged rigging and booth capturing in some parts of Bengal.

It’s a wrap: First phase of polling ends in West Bengal

Kolkata: Polling came to an end on Monday evening in 31 assembly constituencies in the first phase of the West Bengal polls held across the three districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Burdwan.

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As per the Election Commission, over 71 percent turnout was recorded till 3 p.m. The voting percentage was 76 in West Midnapore, 70.80 in Bankura and 68 percent in Burdwan.

Of the 31 constituencies, 13 were in West Midnapore and nine each in Bankura and Burdwan districts.

However, there were long queues of people in a number of booths even after the scheduled end of polling.

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West Bengal: Locals and police clash after death of student

Major clashes broke out at Bengal’s Burdwan district between locals and police over the death of a student in a road traffic accident.A sand-laden truck hit a college girl and crushed her under its wheels on Thursday afternoon. Immediately, locals started gathering near the accident site and the group soon turned into an infuriated mob. Later, they started demonstrating and put up a road blockade at Rasulpur. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As reports of the protest poured in, the district administration sent a huge battalion. Within minutes, a huge force reached the spot to disperse the agitating protesters and remove the road blockade. As soon as the mob spotted the force, they started pelting stones and pieces of bricks at them. In return, the police charged at the mob with batons and fired tear-gas shells at them. The Central force on poll-duty, deployed at the district was also rushed to the spot, to bring the situation under control. Later, the police resorted to a lathi-charge to disperse the mob. While the RAF has brought the situation under control, the area remained tense till last reports came in.

Kolkata flyover tragedy: Rahul Gandhi makes visit to crash site, meets victims

Kolkata: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday visited the city’s Posta area where an under-construction flyover collapse killed 24 people and later met the injured in a hospital.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi during his visit to Kolkata on Saturday. PTI

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi during his visit to Kolkata on Saturday. PTI

Flanked by state party president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and former union minister Deepa Dasmunsi, Gandhi was at the crash site for five minutes and interacted with the officials engaged in rescue work.

He then went to the Medical College and Hospital, and interacted with some of the injured admitted there.

“It’s a tragedy and one must give support to whatever he can. The injured people need support and I am here to give whatever support I can. I am not here to talk politics,” said Gandhi to mediapersons after his hospital visit.

Later in the day, Gandhi will be addressing rallies at Kulti and Durgapur in Burdwan district and Bankura.

The Vivekananda Road flyover under construction collapsed on the busy Posta area of the city on Thursday killing at least 24 people and injuring many more.

Kolkata: Police arrest two for alleged links with Jamatul Mujahidin Bangladesh

Kolkata: The National Investigating Agency and Special Task Force (STF) unit of Kolkata Police arrested two persons for their alleged links to Bangladesh-based Jamatul Mujahidin Bangladesh (JMB).

Enamul Mollah and Habibul Haque were arrested by the NIA during a joint raid with the STF from a house in Metiabruz area of the city last night, a senior police officer of the Force said today.

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Both were recruited by the prime accused in the Burdwan blast case, Yousuf Gazi, he said. “We are trying to find out their role with the JMB… We have news that there are several people in the state who have been recruited by the JMB. Hopefully this arrest will help us spotting them,” he said.

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JNU row: Former TMC MP and musician Kabir Suman’s Facebook account blocked for posting pro-Afzal Guru songs

In an instance which can be termed as an effort to censor free thought and dissent on social media, former TMC MP and eminent Bengali musician Kabir Suman’s Facebook account has been blocked for posting a song eulogising Afzal Guru. He posted the song in the backdrop of the arrest of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and protests at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Jadavpur University where slogans with ‘anti-national’ hues were allegedly raised.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Minutes after he posted the lyrics of the song on Friday, he received a notification saying that his Facebook account was down, only to realise that it has been blocked hours later. In a late night development on Friday, the account was restored from Facebook’s end. Cyber experts reveal that people not agreeing with his posts must have ‘reported abuse’ on his account, which may have led to Facebook blocking the account.Kabir Suman who started a new fresh trend in Bengali modern songs with his pathbreaking album Tomake Chai (I Want You) in 1992 is arguably the best musician of his generation. But over the years, he has attracted detractors for his controversial take on several issues.He has in principle sided with Naxals, also cutting an album called Chhatradharer Gaan for the now jailed Naxalite Chhatradhar Mahato. He was also sympathetic towards dreaded Maoist operative Kishanji, who was killed in an encounter shortly after the Mamata govt came to power.Kabir Suman became an MP contesting on a TMC ticket in 2009. But soon, he had a tiff with party supremo Mamata Banerjee and was virtually sidelined inside the party. He later disassociated himself from active politics. However, Suman and Didi have come close off late with the singer and former journalist saying he would chose her over CPI(M) any day. Suman has been particularly critical of the RSS-BJP, claiming that the Burdwan blast was a hatchet job.Suman has raised his voice against the Ishrat Jahan ‘fake encounter’ case and against, what he calls, ‘oppression of the Indian state in Kashmir’.Just after getting unblocked on Facebook, he posted a status update accusing the current regime of misleading people and lent his support to Kovan, Umar Khalid, SAR Geelani among others.Suman blasted the government saying: Does it seem that Umar Khalid, a research scholar at JNU, is being pushed to be the next “Rohit.” I read posts in FB…
Kabir Suman on Thursday, February 18, 2016This is the controversial poem Suman wrote that got him ‘banned’ from Facebook.For the poet Agha Shahid Ali and for Kashmir“We shall meet again in Srinagar,” I want to answer Irfan. But such apromise?Agha Shahid AliNo matter where you areWe’ll meet in SrinagarHistory, tell me nowWhen will you give us freedom.The night’s poem drifts In Jhelum all aloneThe poet of the darkness knowsWe’ll meet in Srinagar.Shots fired from InsasBullet wounds in the skyThe stars are bullet holesAs numerous as our lamps.When did the last flame dieAnd in whose home was itListen to this Afzal GuruWe’ll meet in Srinagar.History has its gallowsIts bullets and its bootsYet it’s history again that breathesWhen a single robin chirps.Freedom in KashmirThe robin chirps aloneI swear by this song, my LoveWe’ll meet in Kashmir.This is the original Bengali poem: “We shall meet again in Srinagar,” I want to answer Irfan. But such a promise?:Agha Shahid Aliযেখানেই থাকো তুমিশ্রীন…
Kabir Suman on Wednesday, February 17, 2016