It is alleged that Subhra Kundu had high-level contacts in the bureaucratic and political circles and the sleuths believe that she was running the show on behalf of her husband, Gautam Kundu who is in jail.
At least 25 fire tenders were pressed into service as the blaze engulfed several houses in the slum on Kshirode Vidyavinode Avenue beside the Bagbazar Women's College near the Chitpore Lock Gate Bridge.
Individuals with political links are also under CBI’s scanner as it has widened the probe. In a significant development, the central agency issued a look out notice last week against Trinamool Youth Congress leader Vinay Kumar Mishra.
According to sources, Roy's name allegedly cropped up during the course of investigation. He has also been questioned by the CID earlier, following which he had secured an anticipatory bail from the high court last year.
Artisan Kush Bera, along with his two children, had started working on this idol around June 2020. The 12-feet-long idol is made of and decorated with clay. No other decorative pieces have been used, General Secretary of Md Ali Park Durga Puja Surendra Kr Sharma told indianexpress.com
The artisans usually start receiving orders from February, following which they start purchasing raw materials. However, as lockdown was enforced from March end and strict restrictions continued till recently, the potters said they lost even the confirmed orders.
With the latest incident of political violence, things appear to have come to a head. On Sunday night, local BJP leader and strongman Manish Shukla was gunned down by masked assailants in Titagarh while he was chatting with some people at a tea stall near a makeshift party office.
"The NIA had learnt about an inter-state module of al-Qaeda operatives at various locations in India including West Bengal and Kerala. The group was planning to undertake terrorist attacks at vital installations in India with an aim to kill people and strike terror," the agency said in a statement.
The police have arrested three of the five accused, and charged them with rape and abetment to suicide. They were were produced in Jalpaiguri court on Tuesday and sent to police custody for seven days.
According to sources in the police, Roy fell unconscious while being questioned in the station in connection with a robbery on August 28. He was then taken to Raiganj Medical College and Hospital, but was declared dead.
“At least Bengal's data is better than the national data. Across India, only 14 per cent of the school children have been able to continue their education," said Prabir Basu, Joint Convener of RTE Forum (Campaign).
The pandemic has prompted the city police to change its Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) in stations. Officials living in barracks have been asked to move to rented houses, and a mobile application called “Niramoy” has been launched to monitor the health of personnel.