KOLKTA: Cops “punishing” cyclists in the middle of the road and chasing down people assembling outside slums, vehicle checks at every important crossing, special nakas at the city’s entry points and a rainy day that led to lesser vehicles on roads — this summed up the first total lockdown day of August in the city.
Till 12 noon on Wednesday, cops prosecuted 274 people for violating the lockdown. This was significantly higher than July 29 when cops had challaned 227 people around the same time.
“On the first day of lockdown on July 23, we had arrested 886 people till midnight. We had prosecuted 289 till noon on that day. Yet, compared to that day, the traffic and movement of people were far lesser on the road. We checked everyone out on the road. There was no question of any let up,” said an officer at Lalbazar.
The tone of the day was set from the morning when two ACPs took to the street, manning Chiria More and Sinthi More together with the police. Every vehicle, including the cars with a sticker — even if it belonged to cops or doctors on duty — was checked. Likewise, all pedestrians on the road, be it at the Gariahat Crossing or the Shyambazar crossing, were stopped and asked to explain why they had stepped out of homes. Cops said those found roaming without any proper reason had been sent back home after taking legal action.
“We have been asked not to allow people to gather at one spot without a valid reason. We are ensuring that,” said an officer at Sealdah.
By 6pm, cops had arrested and prosecuted 561 people. Another 271 were held for not wearing masks while 20 drivers too were prosecuted. “We have always seen that if we can prosecute the offenders from the morning, we can always instil fear in the mind of the lockdown breakers. But the fact that there were lesser prosecution in the evening (as compared to July 29) shows we could implement the lockdown across the city,” said an officer at Behala Chowrasta.
At Taratala, police stopped cyclists, flattened the tyres and asked them to return home, carrying their cycles.
At the Sinthee crossing, the cop at the checkpoint was unhappy when it took time for a car owner to show his ID card. “Keep it in your hand. You will need it every 1km,” he said.
Cops also strengthened their presence in certain pockets of central Kolkata as it became clear that the city was finally getting used to the total lockdown.
“We believe that with cases getting reported from across the city, the awareness level among has increased,” said an officer.
On Wednesday, a large number of people had been asked to go back home too.
“We divided the cases into two broad types. Those who violated the lockdown inadvertently were asked to return. But for those who broke the lockdown intentionally or gave flimsy excuses, we wrote down their contact details. Instead of crowding police stations, we told them that we would get a notice issued against them from court,” said a senior officer. The scene was no different in the Salt Lake-Airport area.
At Salt Lake, a large team of officers from different police stations and traffic guards raided several alleys and lanes in the zones notorious for lockdown violations like Baguiati, Keshtopur and New Town and booked five persons till evening and seized 14 vehicles.
Cops also stopped almost every vehicle on the road and questioned them why they were out on the road.
Those who failed to come up with valid reasons were immediately arrested. Total 31 people were arrested and five two-wheelers and one-four wheelers were seized till noon.
Unlike last time, there was no complaint of police stopping people from going to hospitals.



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Asim Riaz shared on social media that he was attacked by some unknown people on a bike while he was cycling on the streets.

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  • Last Updated: August 6, 2020, 7:32 AM IST

Bigg Boss 13 fame Asim Riaz was allegedly attacked by some unknown people on a bike while he was cycling on the streets. Asim took to social media and shared his ordeal with fans as he showed the bruises and injury marks sustained after the attack.

Asim posted a video at around 10 pm on Wednesday saying, “I was cycling right now. I had some guys coming in on the bike and hit me from behind. Not from the front.” He went on to reveal his bruises on knee, back and arms. The reason or motive behind the attack remains unknown.

After Asim was attacked on Wednesday, his fans took to social media to share get well soon messages for the BB 13 runner up. His followers even trended hashtag ‘Get Well Soon Asim’ on Twitter. Seemingly, Asim filed a police complaint in the matter as there was a Police sign visible in the background in his video.

On the work front, Asim features in Arijit Singh’s new music video with Himanshi Khurana next. Titled Dil ko maine di kasam, the song featuring the two Bigg Boss 13 stars has been composed by Amaal Mallik.

Asim and Himanshi’s new song launches on August 10. They have starred together in the music videos of Kalla sohna nai and Khyaal rakhya kar before this.



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KOLKATA: Three persons were arrested in Kolkata for allegedly duping people after taking money from them for Covid-19 tests, police said on Saturday. Two of them were working as contractual laboratory assistants at different state-run hospitals in the city, a senior officer said.
They were using fake ICMR forms to collect swab samples of people to test those for Covid-19, he said.
They took money from the people for the tests and duped them, the officer said.
The racket was unearthed after family members of a patient who died lodged a police complaint, alleging that the test conducted by the accused was incorrect, he added.
The three people were arrested late on Friday from their residences in the Netaji Nagar area, police said.



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KOLKATA: A left-hand amputee rickshaw-puller reportedly murdered another rickshaw-puller early on Saturday around the time the statewide lockdown came into force.
The incident was reported around 6am on the southern side of the Baghajatin flyover. Cops from the Patuli police station later rounded up the accused, Selim Haldar (35), who was allegedly often teased by the victim, Subhas Kumar Sharma alias Bihari (48), for his disability.
According to the police, both Haldar and Sharma plied rickshaws in the Patuli area. Owing to the pandemic, Haldar had stopped returning to his home in Subhasgram, and had been putting up in a nearby temple, along with Sharma. Though they stayed at the same place, the two would often have arguments. A few days ago, Haldar claimed, he was assaulted by Sharma. On Friday night, the two decided to drink together on Baghajatin flyover. Towards morning, Sharma allegedly hit Haldar again. “This time, Haldar threatened to take revenge. But Sharma did not take him seriously and went off to sleep on top of the flyover. Haldar went to his rickshaw, and took out two concrete slabs that he kept. He returned to where Sharma was sleeping and hit his head with the slabs thrice, killing him,” said an officer from the south suburban division. “By the time locals found Sharma’s body, Haldar had fled.”



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