squatters, the government is working out a compensation package. Sources said the compensation to the squatters will be similar to the one awarded to farmers in South 24-Parganas district whose land was taken for building embankments for resisting cyclones like Aila.
The “genuine’ landowners will be paid the price in accordance with the market value — a solatium of 30 per cent of the market value and some more small benefits. “A large chunk of the land (for the housing project) is barren. Even though there is some agricultural land, all are single crop ones. There had been some opposition from some of those who were encroachers and we have overcome them. Negotiations are on to pay them some amount of compensation too,’’ Acharya said.
Exclusive Bench to hear cases of crimes against women
Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court has constituted a separate appellate bench (Division Bench) to hear cases of crimes against women. Justices Nadira Patheriya and Mrinal Kanti Chaudhury will constitute the bench. The single bench of Justice Toufiq Uddin will now hear cases on crimes against women, apart from other crimes.
Fast-track courts order jail for two for raping minors
Raiganj: A fast-track court in Raiganj in North Dinajpur district on Tuesday sentenced a 33-year-old to life imprisonment for raping an 18-month-old. The crime was committed last February. Another fast-track court in the district, meanwhile, sent a 25-year-old to seven years in jail for raping a 16-year-old girl in 2009.
New STF to stop harassment of women on Metro
Kolkata:Taking a cue from the recent incidents of sexual harassment of women on Metro, a Special Task Force has been put up by the RPF for the Metro Rail to nab offenders within the Metro premises. The squad will be headed by a woman assistant sub-inspector. Two helpline numbers — 9007041789 and 9007041908 — have been also started.