21 hurt in fire at SAIL's IISCO Steel Plant at Burnpur in West Bengal

21 injured in explosion in IISCO steel plant in West Bengal
At least 21 people suffered injuries in a fire that broke out at public sector Steel Authority of India Limited's (SAIL) IISCO Steel Plant (ISP) at Burnpur in Bardhaman district of West Bengal today.
A spokesman for SAIL said the mishap occurred around 12.15 pm and preliminary inquiry revealed that the fire had broken out in the New Coke Oven Battery No.11. 
He said the fire was immediately extinguished.The incident occurred during a planned shutdown taken for carrying out rectification jobs in one of the pre-heaters of the coke oven battery, he said.
The spokesman said around 21 affected persons were provided immediate medical attention, both at the Plant Medical Unit and at Burnpur Hospital.
Of them, two employees of a contractor, BEC, had been admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital, he added.
Both company officials and the local police are investigating the cause of the fire, sources said.

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Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.


Engine of Howrah-Delhi Rajdhani Express derails in West Bengal

A major mishap was averted when the engine of the 12301 Up Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express was derailed after two pairs of front wheels came off at Gangpur station near Barddhaman junction, about 100 kms from here today, Eastern Railway sources said.

There was no injury in the accident that occurred at 1755 hours, exactly one hour after the train left Howrah station from platform nine.

The mishap happened just 7 kms short of Barddhaman on the Shaktigarh-Barddhaman section of Eastern Railway's Howrah section.

ER's General Manager Varun Bharthuar along with several senior officials rushed to the site to supervise the restoration of train services.

Train services were, however, maintained through other three lines of the section. Another engine has been sent to the spot, ER sources said.

ER has also installed toll free telephone lines at Howrah Station 10724 and 26413660 for providing information to the public.


6 killed, dozens injured in bus accident in West Bengal

At least six people were killed and about 50 injured when a private bus carrying them overturned after veering off the road near Katwa in West Bengal's Burdhman district today.

The bus, which was filled beyond its capacity, was on its way to the temple town of Tarapith, police said.

The six-wheeler was carrying people, most of them on a trip to Tarapith Kali temple, from Krishnagar in neighbouring Nadia district. The vehicle fell into a ditch at Jatinpur near Katwa this morning.

Police said six people died on the spot after they fell down and were crushed under the heavy vehicle.

Several injured were admitted to Katwa Sadar hospital, where the condition of eight was serious.


Bardhaman-bound passenger train derails at Tikiapara

A major mishap was averted when a coach of the speeding Howrah-Bardhaman passenger train derailed today at Tikiapara yard near Howrah station, Eastern Railway sources said.

There had been no report of any injury or casualty to any passenger when two wheels from the third coach of the Bardhaman bound train derailed near Tikiapara, about 6 km from Howrah station.

The main line EMU left Howrah station from platform No 6 around 1230 hours and the coach derailed after some time.

Eastern Railways Divisional Manager Parthasarathi Mandal and other senior officials visited the spot to supervise the derailment process. The train was put on tracks two hours later.


Maoist "zonal commander" arrested in Burdwan district of West Bengal

A Maoist "zonal commander", who was active in Jharkhand, was arrested from Kaksa Police Station area in Burdwan district today.

Police said the rebel, identified as Akankshya, was a landmine expert and that she was wanted in connection with ten cases related to murder and subversive activities.

She been holed up in a rented house in the area for the past one month, police said, adding that she was being interrogated and investigations were on.


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