Kolkata:The Calcutta High Court on Monday granted bail to two CPM leaders Ashoke Guria and Amiya Sahu who were arrested and then chargesheeted in connection with the disapperance of people during the 2007 Nandigram violence. Both the leaders were arrested along with former CPM MP Lakshman Seth from a Mumbai guest house in March this year. A Division Bench comprising Justice Ashim Kumar Roy and Justice Tafiq Uddin granted bail to Sahu and Guria on a bond of Rs 50,000 each. The court directed them not to enter East Midnapore district,under which Haldia and Nandigram fall,till further orders and to appear before the investigating officer thrice a week.
Mamata leaves for Delhi today for Pranab oath
Kolkata:Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will fly to Delhi on Tuesday to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Pranab Mukherjee as the 13th President of India. Her attending the ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan assumes significance in the wake of her stern message to the state Congress that Trinamool would go it alone in the Panchayat polls if the alliance leaders do not refrain from its slandering campaign against the state government. Mamata,according to the Trinamool sources,is likely to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. She may reiterate her demand for moratorium on Bengals interest payment with the Prime Minister, sources in the Trinamool said. Mamata will return to Kolkata on Wednesday.
Taxi strike on Wednesday
Kolkata:State Transport Minister Madan Mitra on Monday met representatives of bus and taxi associations and once again turned down their request for a fare hike. As a result,the two associations have decided to keep taxis and buses off the road,on two separate days later this month taxi strike on July 25 and bus strike on July 31. If the government does not heed our demands,we will go on a 48-hour or 72-hour strike, said Bimal Kumar Guha,general secretary,Bengal Taxi Association.