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Man cycles 600 km from Bihar to West Bengal to rob Rs 17 lakh from bank

A 30-year-old man, with a history of criminal records, pedalled nearly 600 kilometres on a stolen bicycle from Basra village in Bihars Rajapakar area to Uttarpara in West Bengals Hooghly district to rob a bank. The man Pritam Ghosh robbed Rs 17 lakh from Union Bank along with his accomplices on June 5.

Ghosh was later arrested along with three associates – Sanjay Paswan, Sanjib Paswan and Tapas Das. The men were wearing masks during the robbery and assumed that police won’t be able to identify them.

Humayun Kabir, Police Commissioner, Chandannagar, said that it has come to light during preliminary investigation that Ghosh fled from a jail in Odisha and was hiding in Bihar.

He chose to pedal because he could sneak into West Bengal easily. If he had come by bus in the guise of a labourer, he would have been checked at the border. He thought he might get caught because of his criminal record. He got the idea to pedal from migrant labourers who travelled hundreds of kilometres on foot, a senior police said.

Ghosh reached Uttarpara on June 3, and called up three of his associates and formed a small gang. On June 4, they did a recce before finally looting the Union Bank on June 5 at around 3:00 pm. S Pattanaik, Inspector, Uttarpara Police Station, While the three men carrying firearms looted around Rs 17 lakhs, Ghosh was waiting outside the bank in a car. Around Rs 10 lakhs have been recovered. We have also seized one firearm. We are also trying to seize the bicycle, which he used to travel to Uttarpara from Bihar.

Apart from arresting his three associates, Ghoshs wife and mother-in-law were also interrogated since he was hiding in their house and also hid a portion of loot there.

It took Ghosh three days to reach Hooghly while taking rest in between. He was running out of money and hence he decided to loot a bank. We are interrogating him for further details, S Pattanaik said.

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If you’re happy the way things are running in Congress, vote for Mallikarjun Kharge: Shashi Tharoor

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Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Rahul Gandhi, Bharat Jodo yatra, the upcoming elections for Congress President and much more.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor in an interaction at Dialogue @ Nation Next, speaks about Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and his Bharat Jodo yatra, the upcoming elections for Congress President against senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge and much more.

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BREAKING: Bombay High Court grants bail to Anil Deshmukh in money laundering case

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Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted bail to former Maharashtra Home Minister and senior NCP leader Anil Deshmukh (72) in money laundering case registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). However, Deshmukh would continue to be lodged in judicial custody in Arthur Road jail as he is also being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in an alleged corruption case.

Justice NJ Jamadar pronounced the order at 2.30 pm on Tuesday afternoon. While senior Advocate Vikram Chaudhari with advocate Aniket Nikam appeared for Deshmukh, a team of Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh with Advocates Aditya Thakker, Shreeram Shirsat and Amandeep Sra appeared for the central agency.

The bail was granted on a surety amount of 1 lakh. The ED has sought a stay on the operation of the order for two weeks. Deshmukh’s lawyers said that considering the former’s health and the fact that he had no criminal antecedents, he should be granted bail.

Deshmukh and his associates have been investigated for alleged corruption between 2019 and 2021. Deshmukh was arrested in November 2021.

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And that’s how a film is made – Kantara shows the way! | Movie review

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Social media is buzzing with one word today and that word is Kantara! Yes, another Kannada film after KGF that has caught the people’s fancy and how. In fact, this one goes a notch higher than KGF – because the film has been released only in Kannada with English subtitles and yet – the movie is capturing the hearts of people across India and the world.

From California, London and Berlin to cities across India, high praise is pouring in for the Rishab Shetty starrer and the actor-director’s Twitter feed is testimony to this. Ordinary cine-goers are putting screenshots of housefull bookings, sharing videos of people clapping and whistling in theatres and then profusely thanking the star for making this film.

So, what’s this film about? Kantara (which means forest in Sanskrit) stands out because it has powerful storytelling at its core. It is rooted in local folklore, has the right amount of action and adventure and comes with a social message too. Man versus nature, native customs and local politics, which spans three timelines and a climax that’s to die for, is what the film’s about. Add to this some superlative performances by the cast, a stellar background score by B Ajaneesh Loknath and mind-blowing cinematography by Arvind S Kashyap that serenades Karnataka’s rustic locales and you have what can be called the perfect recipe for a blockbuster film. Telling you more will just be a spoiler! So, what are you waiting for? Go watch!

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