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Bengal likely to open 24×7 toll free Helpline to keep Auto rickshaws in check

West Bengal transport minister announced a 24x7 helpline to keep the autorickshaw drivers in check

Auto rikshaws in India. Pixbay
  • To curb recklessness of autorickshaws Bengal government would open a 24×7 helpline
  • The helpline is planned to open before the setting of festival season
  • Kolkata has seen four deaths in three autorickshaw accidents due to reckless driving in the last week

Kolkata, Sept 21, 2016: Attributing to the increasing number of auto rickshaw accidents in West Bengal the state transport minister Subhendu Adhikari announced the opening of a 24×7 helpline before the coming festive season on Tuesday.

Complaints can be lodged by calling up the toll-free number. “Passengers will be able to lodge complaints against the offending drivers to police or to motor vehicles department in case of any problem. Also, the auto route management commission is instructed to control the inflated auto fair on all the routes,” Adhikari said.

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Meanwhile, the city-based auto rickshaw unions are set to impose a clump of regulations on auto drivers.

“The auto drivers are instructed not to play loud music or strap LED lights inside the auto. The drivers are also warned not misbehave with the passengers under any circumstances or charge more than the fare regulated by the union,” said a union leader said.

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The number of accidents are ever increasing in West Bengal with Kolkata seeing four people die in three separate auto accidents attributed to reckless driving in the past one week. (IANS)


  • Arya Sharan

    Such an initiative will surely help prevent accidents and other unwanted incidents.

  • Enakshi Roy Chowdhury

    Such initiative was much needed. the reckless behavior and rash driving of the auto drivers is leading no where but to their death and also others.

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With Beef thrown into a Temple, Bengal Government worries as Minor Communal clashes cover the State

Ten districts of West Bengal have seen similar such communal incidents since October 2016 which is proving to be a major challenge for the state government

(Representative image) Cows on Maheshwar Ghats, Wikimedia

Kolkata, Jan 31, 2017: A locality on the western edge of Kolkata’s Metiabruz area, Alampur remains to be in a very heated atmosphere ever since on January 23, some chunks of alleged beef were thrown into a temple. However, this Alampur incident is not a one of its kind and there have been similar cases as well. Ten districts of West Bengal have seen similar such communal incidents since October 2016 which is proving to be a major challenge for the state government.

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“I will not allow anarchy in Bengal,” said chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday. “Police is dealing with such things with a strong hand. We will soon bring a strong legislation against arson, where anyone setting fire to government or private party will be have to pay. One political party is trying to fan violence,” she said. However, Banerjee did not mention BJP in her statements.

But, other political parties gave some strong statements in context of the minor communal clashes in Bengal. “Attacks on Hindus are going on in different parts of the state. Metiabruz is the latest in the series and the administration has failed to control them,” said Sayantan Basu, state BJP secretary.

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The Congress and the Left have also claimed that the situation was “getting dangerous” in Bengal. “Trinamool Congress brought in communal politics in Bengal by appeasing communities for political gains. Now things are going out of control,” said Abdul Mannan, Congress MLA and leader of the opposition in the Assembly.

Minor communal clashes have become a regularity in West Bengal as almost ten cases similar to the Alampur case have been reported. Since October, pockets and villages in Kaliachak, Chanchol (Malda district), Jalangi (Murshidabad), Chandannagar (Hooghly), Bhagabanpur (East Midnapore), Kharagpore (West Midnapore), Hajinagar, Kanchrapara (North 24 Parganas), Sankrail, Dhulagarh (Howrah), Katwa, Jamuria and Kaksha (Burdwan) have witnessed clashes.

On December 12 and 13, clashes in Dhulagarh (26 km from Kolkata) began after Muslims took out a religious procession through the main market road in Banerjeepara neighbourhood. Hindus objected, but the procession was allowed by the police.

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Houses and shops were set ablaze which left hundreds from both communities homeless after the clash. Police arrested 65 people but the clashes continued for the next few days.

The Dhulagarh incident, unlike others before it, got political attention with BJP, Congress and CPI(M) dispatching leaders to the spot. General secretary Sitaram Yechury was a part of the CPI(M) team. In other areas political parties were prevented by police to enter after the clash.

“One hand the government is giving stipends to Imams, but creates pressure and stops a seminar on Kashmir and Balochistan in Kolkata citing that it will create communal problem. Miscreants and radicals are taking advantage of this situation,” said Amal Kumar Mukhopadhyay, political science expert and former principal of Presidency college.

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