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Caught on camera: Rickshaw puller Raghu Yadav allegedly thrashed by Kolkata Police


By Arnab Mitra

08 AUG 2015_M SAMANTA.jpg (5)Kolkata: On Saturday, two policemen in civil dress were seen allegedly lashing a rickshaw puller in the New Market area. According to the Police, “the rickshaw was illegally parked in that area”, however, they failed to give any valid reason behind their barbarous act.

The passers-by said that it is a common practice. The policemen earn their pocket money from these poor and helpless rickshaw pullers. If these rickshaw pullers refuse their demands, they are beaten without any explanation.

According to Mansoor Yadav, the president of the Rikshaw Puller Association, “The government is planning to ban hand-pulled rickshaws in the city and as a compensa08 AUG 2015_M SAMANTA.jpg (7)

tion they have promised to rehabilitate them. But till now we haven’t got any kind of cooperation from the government. Above all that, we are made to leave our profession by force and are often harassed.”

Raghu Yadav, the assaulted rickshaw puller said, “How will I work now? They have made me jobless. I don’t have money to get my rickshaw repaired.” The agony of every rickshaw puller is the same. “Don’t make us jobless to fulfill your hi-tech dream. Please make a proper rehabilitation plan for us, else we will die,” the rickshaw pullers said in unanimity.

Shovan Chatterjee, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation’s Mayor said, “We are thinking to rehabilitate them before Durga Puja, and we will also come up with a plan to ply hand-pulled rickshaws only in places of tourist interest.”

The Mayor, however, refused to comment on the incidence of brutality by policemen on rickshaw pullers.

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Kolkata Showcases in Top 100 Global Travel Destinations

Whiteways and Laidlaw Building in Kolkata. Wikimedia

Oct 2, 2017: Kolkata is featured in the top 100 travel destinations globally alongside other Indian cities namely, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, and Bengaluru, as indicated by Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2017.

Chennai stands out in India, other than emerging among the top 10 destinations in Asia Pacific when it comes to overnight visitor arrivals.

Travel and tourism in India is on the rise, an authority of a main travel house in the city told PTI.

Durga Puja festival in Kolkata is a major attraction for foreigners with at least two- to three-day stay, he said.

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According to the Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index 2017, there are no indications of the slowdown in travel and tourism in Asia Pacific with the region dominating visitor arrivals.

This is additionally affirmed with the main 10 cities in Asia Pacific destinations tracking the most noteworthy amount of global overnight visitor spending. Bringing USD 91.16 billion in travel use in 2016, Asia Pacific outpaced Europe (USD74.74 billion USD) and North America (USD55.02 billion), MasterCard said in an announcement.

Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94