With 20112 first approaching, it’s time to look back at the year that was most eventful.
May 20:Mamata Banerjee was sworn in as the first woman chief minister of West Bengal heading a TMC-Indian National Conggress alliance government, ending the 34 years rule by the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front on Friday (May 20).The oath of office and secrecy to Mamata was administered by Governor M K Narayanan on the Raj Bhawan (Governor House) lawns at 1:01pm local time.The swearing-in took place in the presence of 3200 invitees drawn from among the top names in politics, business and art and culture.
Sept 14: Nine persons were killed and 100 others injured when a speeding passenger train rammed into a stationary train at Malda in North Bengal, leading to derailment of five coaches.
November 24: Mallojula Koteshwar Rao alias Kishanji, the man who controlled Maoist operations in West Bengal and other parts of Eastern India, was gun down in a massive security operation after a two-hour gun battle in Kushaboni forest in Jhargram in West Midnapore District.The Security personnel searched for Kishanji’s close aide Suchitra Mahato, wife of slain Maoist leader Sashadhar Mahato, who was with him during the operation and is believed to be injured in the encounter.
November 26:The body of slain Maoist leader and ideologue Koteswar Rao alias Kishanji was identified by Maoist sympathize rand poet Varavara Rao and Deepa, the daughter of Koteshwar Rao’s elder brother Anjayelu.
Dec 9:At least 92 people were killed, mainly due to suffocation, in a massive fire that broke out at the AMRI hospital in south Calcutta early on Friday.Firemen used ropes and ladders,brought out the dead and injured.According to police and eye witnesses, the fire broke out around 3.30 a.m.local time in the basement of the hospital and and quickly spread to the first and second floors.Around 25 fire engines had been rushed to the spot.6 persons arrested and license of the hospital where 73 persons died was canceled.
13 Dec:Illicit liquor deaths reaches 173 in Bengal. Excessive use of methanol, a poisonous substance had found in viscera from most of the bodies.People from about 10 villages in Mograhat of South 24 pgs district had drank the illicit liquor.75 people are still undergoing treatment at the Diamond Harbour Sub divisional Hospital, MR Bangur and Vidyasagar Hospital. The state government led by Mamata Banarjee announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the family of the deceased. Experts believe that the state government should increase the number of incensed liquor shops to prevent the increasing of illicit liquor dens.