Kolkata: With India’s fighter pilot Abhinandan Varthaman returning to his homeland on Friday night after being in Pakistan’s custody for two days, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee welcomed his return.”Welcome home #AbhinandanVarthaman Welcome home sweet home,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle. Banerjee on Thursday accused the Narendra Modi government of seeking political mileage over the air strike carried out by the Indian Air Force in Balakot, stressing on the fact that the Centre is yet to divulge the truth about the terrorists allegedly killed in the strike. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”The people of India have a right to know what exactly happened during the air strike. The Centre must allow our forces to speak the truth. They should also come clean on the number of terrorists claimed to have been killed during the air strike,” Banerjee had maintained. While speaking to the media at Nabanna on Thursday, the CM hit out at the Modi government, saying: “Ahead of the forthcoming elections, the Centre is keen on deriving political mileage from the air strike that has been conducted by our Air Force. The jawans defend our borders and we all hold them in high esteem. But politicising the whole issue only to satisfy one’s political interest is condemnable.”
Kolkata: A fish trader was shot dead by a few miscreants in Howrah on the wee hours of Friday.According to sources, the deceased fish trader identified as Tarak Bhuniya, used to sell fish at Parbati Bazar near Bose Para in Byantra. He used to buy fish from the Howrah wholesale fish market. Like other days, Bhuniya was going to the Howrah fish market to buy fish on his bicycle, on Friday at around 4 am. When he was crossing the Bankim Setu over Howrah railway station, a few miscreants surrounded him and tried to snatch away the bag containing money. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWhen Bhuniya tried to resist, the miscreants fired multiple bullets at him. Two bullets penetrated his abdomen and chest and he fell on the road, bleeding profusely. Hearing his screams, some local residents ran to his rescue. Seeing them, the miscreants fled from the spot. Bhuniya was rushed to Howrah District Hospital, where he revealed his identity. However, a few minutes later, he succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The hospital authorities immediately informed Golabari police station. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSources informed that there is a CCTV camera installed near the murder spot. In the footage collected from it, the miscreants were seen firing at Bhuniya. Police claimed that the killers have been identified and will be behind bars soon. However, till Friday night no one has been arrested. Though police are claiming that the miscreants have been identified, the motive behind the murder is still not clear. Sleuths suspect that Bhuniya might have had some business rivalry with someone, or it could have been a case of snatching money, where the miscreants shot Bhuniya because they were resisted. Sleuths are also checking to know if he has any family problem as police came to know that he had got married twice and both of Bhuniya’s wives are alive.