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Fire at Kolkata’s Apollo hospital, no injuries

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Kolkata, July 3A fire broke out inside the operation theatre of a leading city-based private hospital here on Monday, a fire department official said.

The fire broke out on the second floor of Apollo Gleneagles Hospital around 9 a.m. Primary investigation shows that a short circuit in the OT light might have caused the blaze, the fire official said.

The hospital authority said it was a minor fire and all patients and staff were safe.

“There was a minor fire in the OT cabin number nine in our hospital. However, our own security team were able to put out the blaze. We informed the fire brigade as a protocol. No patients or staff were hurt in the incident,” hospital CEO Rana Dasgupta said.

However, West Bengal Fire Minister Sovan Chatterjee, who rushed to the spot after the incident, said an enquiry would be conducted to check if there was any negligence from the hospital’s end.

“We cannot let the life of people be jeopardised like this. There will be an enquiry and appropriate legal action will be taken if any negligence is found,” Chatterjee said.

“It is possible that the system to lock the smoke in case of a fire is either unavailable or not working properly. One of our fire fighters was suffocated after inhaling the smoke while working today (Monday),” he added.

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12 dead in Mumbai shop blaze

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The 12 dead were pulled out of the rubble around 8am, after four hours of rescue operations on Monday. (Photo Credit: BMC)

Mumbai, Dec 18: At least 12 people have died and several others are feared trapped after a shop in Saki Naka, Andheri (east), caught fire and collapsed early on Monday.

According to the BMC Disaster Control, the blaze was reported in the Bhanu Farsan shop on Khairani Raod, near Laxmi Narayan Temple of Sakinaka, around 4.15 a.m.

Later the structure, said to be around 200 feet in area, came crashing down.

The fire spread to huge stock of eatables, cloth sheets and furniture, trapping many of the workers employed in the shop, according to the shop proprietor.

The cause of the fire is not clear, but around five to six workers managed to escape to safety, eyewitnesses said.

Three fire-tenders, four jumbo water tankers and ambulances fought the blaze which was extinguished within a few minutes, but left a huge trail of deaths and destruction.

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Three held for misbehaving with Bengali actor at Kolkata airport

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Kolkata, Dec 18: Three airport parking agency employees have been arrested for allegedly misbehaving with Bengali actor Kaushik Sen and his son at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport here, police said on Sunday.

An altercation broke out between an airport parking employee and the actor on Saturday night after the employee allegedly misbehaved with Sen’s driver and slapped a fine on them, claiming that they had exceeded the free car parking time of 10 minutes at the airport gate.

Police said the actor complained the employee and others continued to misbehave with his family even after they paid the fine.

“We have arrested three parking lot employees including primary accused Rangabendra Singh on Saturday night for allegedly misbehaving with the actor and his family and verbally abusing them,” said an officer from NSCBI police station.

“All three are employed with a private agency named SS Enterprise that has been recruited by the airport authority for collecting parking fee at the airport. We would produce them in court and appeal for their police remand,” the officer added.

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Girl sexually assaulted, friend attacked in Delhi

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New Delhi, Dec 18: A 16-year-old girl, who was sitting with her male friend in a park here, was sexually assaulted by three unknown assailants, police said on Sunday.

The incident occurred in a park at north Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh on Saturday evening.

“The victim works as a maid in residential localities near Haidarpur slums. She had gone to meet her male friend. When they both were chatting, the three accused persons came and started misbehaving with her. When her male friend opposed them, they beat him and sexually assaulted the victim,” said Delhi Police PRO Madhur Verma said.

“The accused later escaped from the spot threatening the victim and her friend with dire consequences. The two later informed local police.

“We have registered a case against the accused persons and are examining the CCTV footage of near by shops and area to ascertain the identities of accused persons,” Verma added.

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