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‘Is this a coup?’, Mamata opposes Army presence, to stay overnight at secretariat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an unprecedented incident, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Thursday that she would stay overnight at the state secretariat, Nabanna, till the Army withdraws its routine exercise of collecting data of load carriers operating in the state across all toll plazas. “Very unfortunate. Army stationed in front of Nabanna, the Bengal State Secretariat, in a high security zone, inspite of police objection. I am waiting here at the Secretariat and watching, to guard our democracy,” she announced at a media briefing held at 10 pm. “Is this a military coup? I gathered information whether such exercises were held in Maharashtra, Odisha and Kerala. I was told that no such exercises have taken place in their states,” added Banerjee. Presently, Army officials are stationed at the Vidyasagar Setu Toll Plaza, which is adjacent to the state secretariat, gathering data on load carriers. On the other hand, the Army Eastern Command Headquarters has issued a statement saying that it is not a deployment, but just a routine exercise. The statement also added that the administration, District Magistrate and the Police are informed during the exercise being performed. “The army conducts annual exercise throughout the county with the aim of getting statistical data about the load carriers that could be made available to the Army in case of a contingency. For this purpose vehicles are spotted to get basic parameters like make load capacity. The vehicle is then marked so that the next checkpoint knows that the vehicle had already been checked for the parameters. There is nothing alarming about this and it is carried out as per government orders,” read the statement, adding, “This gives an estimate about the number of vehicles that are passing a certain area that could be tapped during operations.” Sources in the Army revealed that Thursday was the second day of the three-day long annual exercise. Some more figures of the load carriers will be noted across different toll plazas tomorrow. The CPRO, Defence, Kolkata, Wing Commander SS Birdi claimed that the exercise is undertaken after informing the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police. “This is not a deployment. This exercise is taking place under the laid down rules of the Central Government. The police and the administration are kept in the loop. There is nothing to get alarmed about,” said Birdi.

Kolkata: Navy’s fast interceptor boat catches fire, 2 injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Navy’s fast interceptor boat caught fire on Tuesday morning on the banks of Babughat in the Port area of Kolkata.Two people, who were present inside the boat suffered serious injuries and have been shifted to the command hospital for treatment.However, the Navy claimed that the boat did not belong to them but was hired from a private company for patrolling the river Hooghly.”The boat does not belong to Navy. It is hired by the Navy for patrolling the river. Naval persons are on board only at the time of patrolling. The operation and maintenance of the boat lies solely with the contractor. When the fire took place today, there was no naval person on board,” said Defence CPRO, Kolkata, Wing Commander SS Birdi.Preliminary examination reveals that two boats, hired by Navy were parked on the banks of Babughat. Sources says a fire broke out in one of them due to a short circuit around 7.30 am. As many as two fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the fire completely.

Two Delhi police constables arrested for blackmailing traffic

Two constables of Delhi police were arrested for allegedly blackmailing traffic policemen of NCR region after trapping them with bribe offer and making videos of the act, police said.Om Prakash and Neeraj Kumar were arrested yesterday in Civil Lines area for blackmailing traffic policemen, Hawa Singh, CPRO, Gurgaon police said.The accused would deliberately travel in vehicles without registration numbers, jumped traffic signals, travel without helmets to draw the attention of the traffic police, Singh said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While one of them would negotiate with the traffic policemen and offer bribe, the other would secretly film them and make a video of the policemen accepting the money, he said.The accused would take the mobile numbers of the traffic police and send “edited” videos via WhatsApp to blackmail them, Singh said.A case has been registered under relevant sections of IPC, Singh said, adding, the accused were produced in a local court which sent them to 14-day judicial custody.Delhi police have been informed about the arrest and investigations are on in the matter, Singh said.

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