Kolkata: An FIR was lodged on Wednesday against unknown persons for the stampede at a railway overbridge in Howrah’s Santragachhi station that killed two people and injured a dozen, a Government Railway Police (GRP) official said. The tragedy happened around 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the busy railway junction station under the South Eastern Railway due to overcrowding on the overbridge as commuters hurriedly tried to reach their designated platforms after an announcement of two trains coming simultaneously on two adjacent tracks was made. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “An FIR has been registered under various sections of the IPC for voluntarily causing grievous hurt and death by negligence against the unknown persons who might be responsible for the incident,” an officer from Santragachhi GRP told IANS. The railway authorities confirmed the death of two persons in a release and said it has ordered an enquiry into the matter. “Kala Kanti Singh, 32, of East Midnapore and Taser Sardar, 61, of Murshidabad were declared dead and 12 others sustained injuries due to overcrowding and heavy rush at the Santragachhi railway station on Tuesday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “Railway authority has ordered an enquiry in connection with the unfortunate incident,” the release said. The department had also announced a compensation package of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the deceased, Rs 1 lakh for the seriously injured and Rs 50,000 for those with minor injuries. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met the injured on Tuesday evening at the hospital. She also said that the railways “negligence and callousness” caused the tragedy as she ordered an administrative probe on behalf of the state government. “Security of people should not be compromised, and railway should take proper care of the people. Railway is the lifeline of the country, it should not be derailed,” she had said.
Kolkata: A female teacher was injured when students who were allegedly stopped from cheating during an examination, threw firecrackers inside the staff room of Shambazar AV School in North Kolkata on Monday. The incident took place after the Higher Secondary examinations concluded.The school authorities alleged that the incident took place after some students were prevented from entering the examination hall with cell phones, while some others were prevented from adopting unfair means by strict invigilators. Monday was the last day of the Higher Secondary examination. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe injured Bengali teacher Soma Dutta said: “The students were bursting firecrackers in front of the school gate at around 1.30 pm after the examination ended. When they were told not to do so, some of them entered into the school premises and threw one or two crackers inside the staff room. I sustained injury in one of my legs. We had seized two cell phones and took all possible measures to prevent students from cheating, which perhaps triggered the incident.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShambazar AV School was the examination centre for the students of Tantia School in Burrabazar. The invigilators at the centre were strict from the very beginning and were vigilant enough to prevent students from adopting unfair means during the entire examination schedule. Mass Communication, Sanskrit, Economics and Chemistry examinations was held on Monday and two students were caught by invigilators while cheating. Two cell phones were also seized when the students carrying them tried to enter the examination hall, ignoring the directives of the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Examination. A team from Shyampukur police station rushed to the spot after being intimated by the school authorities. A senior administrative official informed that they will lodge a complaint with the council regarding the incident. The police, however, claimed that a few students were expressing their jubilant mood after the HS examination concluded, which is why they burst some firecrackers outside the school premises. “We have received no complaint from the school authorities in this regard,” an officer of Shyampukur police station said. The police also questioned a shopkeeper whose shop was situated just beside the window of the staff room through which the firecrackers were allegedly thrown. The council, however, claimed in a press statement that examinations passed off peacefully on Monday and there were no complaints from any part of the state.