Council row over burials without coffins

first_imgLinkedin Facebook Advertisement Print Twitter NewsLocal NewsCouncil row over burials without coffinsBy admin – November 8, 2012 550 center_img WhatsApp A PROPOSAL to allow bodies to be buried without coffins to facilitate members of the Muslim faith sparked a lively debate at this month’s Environment Special Policy Committee meeting. The current law dating from 1888 states that human remains must be “enclosed in a coffin of wood or other sufficiently strong material” to be interred in any burial ground. The Department of the Environment has proposed that uncoffined burials should be permitted in a designated area “unless a direction has been issued not to do so by the relevant sanitary authority or medical officer of health”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A statement from the department noted that “Muslims are normally buried without a coffin if permitted by local law”.Fine Gael Councillor Jim Long disagreed with the proposal, stating that it would “do away with the dignity of burial”; he also noted that “our forefathers decided that we bury our dead in coffins”.Cllr Long also expressed concern that the area designated for uncoffined burials “could fill up in a very short time” as the option for such burials would be open to all.He suggested that “in this present day of economic depression” families may chose to bury deceased relatives without a coffin to save on funeral costs.Fianna Fail Councillor Kieran O’Hanlon said he had no problem with the proposal, provided that it was not in breach of regulations.However, Fine Gael Councillor Cormac Hurley commented that Ireland should stick with its existing traditions and added: “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”Environment SPC member Sean Griffin stated: “Change is painful for people who have a method of doing something all their lives. But we’ve got to respect everyone else. We should be able to cater for the dead of all types of people.”Mayor Gerry McLoughlin stated that the issue should be debated further and said: “This is a big issue. Where are we going to end up with this? This is a Christian country.”The proposal was referred to the City Council meeting later this month. Previous articlePensioner rewarded young boys he abusedNext articleDemands sent to the dead admin Emaillast_img read more

Limerick angler found

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement TAGScoastguardfeaturedhelicopterlimerickrescuesearch WhatsApp Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Printcenter_img Email Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories woman rescued from Shannon Riverby Bernie English [email protected] BODY of a Limerick angler who went missing on Tuesday has been recovered from the river.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Divers were called in after the man’s and fishing gear were found on the banks of the River Shannon on Wednesday.The alarm was raised when Nicky Lyons, a keen angler from the Island Fields, didn’t return home after a fishing trip and his fishing gear was found on the banks of the river near the bridge in Corbally.Mr Lyons, who was in his thirties, was found just before noon on Friday morning. Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NewsBreaking newsLimerick angler foundBy Bernie English – April 22, 2015 696 Previous article#BREAKING Emergency launched in search of missing Limerick manNext articleGod Bless the Child Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. last_img read more

Winning Post: WHO is protecting the children?

first_img Winning Post: Third time’s the charm for England’s casinos August 17, 2020 Related Articles Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Regulus Partners begins the week by dissecting the news that Addison Global has had its Gibraltar and UK licences suspended over solvency concerns, as well as looking at the latest call from WHO and UNICEF to implement further gambling restrictions to protect children.UK: Safer Gambling – Low blows signal need for greater regulatory oversightLast weekend’s Sunday Times attack on Britain’s gambling harm treatment network revealed just how reductive the debate on gambling has become in recent years; and has led to suggestions that the Gambling Commission may need to enlist wider regulatory support to restore order and decency.The animus against GamCare and its network partners evinced in the press appears to stem in part from their refusal to take sides on matters of legislation. We have seen this before from both pro-gambling and anti-gambling factions. It follows a narrow-minded theme of “if you’re not with us, you’re against us” and it is dismally unproductive.The desire of treatment providers to stick to their knitting is entirely justified. The role of these organisations is to provide help and support for those experiencing harm in relation to gambling. Given limited resources and the complexity of the issues they face, they are right to focus on their charitable objectives rather than getting sucked into deeply unpleasant and confused policy debates.In recent years, we have seen a number of other organisations use charitable and state funds to attempt to influence Government policy on gambling – sometimes using dishonest means. It is far from clear that this is money well spent. Indeed, the economist, Professor Douglas Walker has described lobbying as one of the greatest social costs of gambling as it involves the use of substantial resources that could be spent on other, more productive pursuits.We do not expect lobbyists, journalists or politicians to dabble in a spot of psychiatric treatment on the side, so why do we expect counsellors to spend their time petitioning government? Indeed, the attacks on harm prevention charities and not-for-profit organisations reveal an unedifying belief that it is somehow nobler to criticise the efforts of others than to do something constructive oneself.This is depressingly reductive and deeply irresponsible. At a time when significant efforts are being made to increase the rate of help-seeking amongst those with gambling disorder, deliberate attempts to undermine the national treatment network may have profound negative consequences.It appears now to be the case that pretty much any organisation that accepts funding from gambling operators (with the exception of the NHS and the Gambling Related Harm APPG) is considered fair game. GamCare is not the first to be on the receiving end and it is unlikely to be the last. Yet as Collins et al. (2019) write in relation to research, “we should neither engage in nor tolerate ad hominem attacks”. Imputing impure motives on the basis of funding alone is little more than mud-slinging.The lack of clarity with regard to funding of the National Strategy to Reduce Harms and licensee contributions to research, education and treatment (‘RET’) is likely to make matters fraught until – as now seems inevitable – a levy is brought in to replace the voluntary system (although hopes that this alone will resolve the controversy seem naive).Now may be a good time to seek greater oversight from the Charities Commission or the Fundraising Regulator – particularly given the apparent involvement of as many as three registered charities (including those seeking RET funds) in lobbying against the national treatment network. The Gambling Commission has worked effectively with other regulators in the past (notably the Competition and Markets Authority) and this seems to be a suitable area for collaboration.Global: Safer Gambling – WHO and UNICEF call for gambling restrictions to protect childrenThe ability of the gambling industry to market its services around the world received a fresh blow this week as the World Health Organisation and UNICEF joined the fray. In an article in the Lancet, the two organisations highlighted the risks to children worldwide from “climate change, ecological degradation, migrating populations, conflict, pervasive inequalities, and predatory commercial practices” – with gambling included in the latter category.The 46-page report featured nine references to gambling, two for betting and one for video gaming (none of them particularly positive) and stated: “gambling is a potentially large and unaddressed public health challenge for children” (by way of context, the report contained 26 references to tobacco and 24 to alcoholic drinks). Concerns related almost exclusively to online gambling rather than its terrestrial counterpart – and formed part of a broader approach to “problematic use of the internet”. Remote gambling thus finds itself standing under an umbrella term with “a range of repetitive impairing behaviours, including excessive and compulsive video gaming, compulsive sexual behaviour, bullying, gambling, and social networks use”; perhaps not the company it would seek.The chief recommendation from the WHO and UNICEF in relation to gambling is for governments to adopt “a legally binding instrument to effectively regulate commercial appeals to children”. Specifically, this involves the development of an Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, “which would require national governments to prohibit or regulate the types of products that should not be marketed to or for children (including sugary beverages, unhealthy foods, alcohol, tobacco, e­cigarettes, gambling products, and breastmilk substitutes)”.The bracketing of gambling with booze, fags and Coke cans illustrates just how fragile the industry’s position is – and not just in those markets where the industry is already fighting rear-guard actions (as in Spain this week where advertising of bonuses and rewards schemes look set to get the axe). The involvement of the WHO and UNICEF suggests a systemic and global threat.We have of course learned that simply because health organisations say something is so, does not mean that it is. As we have seen recently in both Great Britain and in New Zealand, some of the most august bodies are not beyond a little fibbing; and (not for the first time) there are some questionable assertions in a Lancet piece on gambling, suggesting a lack of editorial rigour. Indeed, the evidence base regarding the effects on children of gambling adverts and other promotional activities is not particularly substantial; but nor does it need to be. Societies rightly set lower precautionary thresholds where children are concerned. Meanwhile, the thoughtless marketing tactics of some operators, sustained over a number of years has created an open goal for agitation.Around the world, public health has gambling in its sights. The involvement of such politically powerful organisations as the WHO, UNICEF and Britain’s National Health Service suggests the need for a more systemic, scientific and international industry approach to understanding and addressing gambling harms. The clock is ticking…Global: online gambling – global ambitions to noplay…Addison Global, operator of the Moplay brand, has had its licences suspended in Gibraltar and GB, citing solvency concerns. Addison Global is owned by controversial US businessman Roderick Aycox, who made his money through title loans (very high interest loans secured on cars). The group made a number of high profile hires, entered into some very high profile sponsorships and started trading as an SBTech frontend in H218.As well as the UK, MoPlay was targeting Germany, China and even Mexico – illustrating global ambitions. Problems first became publicly apparent in September last year when US court filings relating to Aycox revealed that Man United had not been paid two £1m payments as part of a £12m deal over three years – either by Addison Global, or by Aycox’s businesses, which guaranteed the payments, and so had made a US$11m civil complaint.While it is only conjecture, it would appear that Mr Aycox found that making money in the world of online gambling more difficult than through high interest loans and decided to cut his losses. To some extent this reflects the low barriers to entry but the very high barriers to success of the online sports betting industry – especially if rapid progress is expected or desired (as it too often is).However, regulatory regimes that dangle the carrot of easy access and then encourage trading regimes that move the carrot out of reach (unlimited licensing, broadly unlimited advertising, minimal other restrictions) essentially encourage such ‘have a go’ behaviour, which not only causes licensing risk in terms of business failure (a given in any commercial enterprise and not necessarily a bad thing if protections are in place – a big if) but almost ensures an overheated market where taking on the world is encouraged. Whether this is a desirable outcome for customers or points to a sustainable industry is worth considering in GB as part of the Gambling Review as well as in other open gambling regimes (e.g. in Malta, Europe’s POS hub, c. 100 new licences are granted every year and c. 50 disappear for various reasons).Separately but loosely connected, Matchbook has had its GB licence suspended after a two year audit found serious compliance issues. These issues have been accepted by the company and changes are being implemented. The licence is likely to be renewed if a further independent audit confirms the changes are sufficient, but considerable damage has already been done. This issue highlights the extent to which regulatory compliance has become complex, expensive and unforgiving (and usually rightly so given the nature and scope of past failings).The ability of small companies to fulfil these obligations is inevitably more difficult than larger ones, especially if resources are stretched and/or operations are in complex business areas such as exchange betting. While it is desirable that markets are open for small businesses, it is equally critical that those small businesses can clearly and actively demonstrate the wherewithal to meet stringent obligations ahead of and while being licensed, in our view. The size of the marketing budget should no longer be seen as the most important question for sustainable growth and regulatory scrutiny should be active enough to prevent red flags rather than struggle to identify them.UK: horseracing Levy – small victoriesSome of last year’s sudden gap in the Horserace Levy has been closed as bookmakers accepted the HBLB’s legal advice that cash back offers should not be treated as winnings (and therefore deductible). £5m has been recovered, of the c. £7-8m impact we estimate the main offer cost overall (some of it is effectively irrecoverable due to the second order impact of bookmaker generosity and so this return is almost as good as it gets, in our view), bringing the 2018-19 Levy back up to £83m.The timing is also apposite given that the Cheltenham Festival (next month) tends to be the most concentrated week of bookmaker offers and customer recruitment in the British racing calendar by some margin (itself a rather telling commentary on the other 51 days of the year and the other racing codes).Despite this important victory for racing’s sustainability and a common sense view of the underlying purpose of the law, we would caution that this merely removes a threat rather than creates an opportunity. Prize Money might have had one of its more sensitive ‘black swan’ risks removed (really just a swan in the dark in this case, as many issues of racing and betting on racing are), but the bigger question for us is that racing’s betting productivity did not improve at all while prize money was growing significantly, while prize money cuts fall as an outcome of racing’s legacy structures rather than as part of any coherent plan.In a similar vein, whether bookmakers should pay for online media rights on the basis of turnover or revenue should be a secondary question to how bookmakers can ensure sufficient sustainable betting quality from the value transfer. Sometimes small victories can be dangerous as they breed complacency and give an opportunity to kick more structural cans down the road. The productivity of racing’s value transfer from betting is just such a can and the forthcoming Gambling Review might very well decide that there isn’t much road left (deliberately or otherwise).__________Content provided by Regulus Partners Winning Post: UK gambling feels the ‘Noyes’ with SMF report August 10, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more

Edwin Allen celebrates, plans for more success

first_imgVuvuzelas blared through the town of Frankfield in Clarendon yesterday morning as students and well-wishers descended on the Edwin Allen High School to join in to celebrate with the school for successfully retaining their fourth Girls’ Champs title in five years.The school has registered a convincing win at the just concluded Boys and Girls’ Championships on Saturday at the National Stadium. At the end of the championships, Edwin Allen finished atop the point standings with 329.5 points, a clear 66.5 points ahead of their closest rivals, Hydel High.Members of the academic, ancillary staff and the board of management, as well as students and sponsors, gathered in the quadrangle to salute their athletes for a job well done.SCHOOLFAMILYELATEDPrincipal Dr Everton Walters said he, and by extension the entire school family, is happy and elated that they have retained their title and plans to keep it that way for a while to come.Head coach Michael Dyke notes that although he will be losing a few of his Class One athletes, he already has plans to replace them.”We had a very strong set of Class One this year and although some will be leaving us, we will be putting a plan together to replace those athletes,” he said.Coach Dyke made it known that he will be working with the school to ensure they retain the Girls’ Champs title for years to come.Edwin Allen’s top athlete, Kevona Davis, won three gold medals at this year’s meet. Davis won gold in the girl’s Class Three 100m, 200m, and the 4x100m.”It was hard, but I tried my best and it paid off,” said Davis.The grade-nine science student said she has been competing since basic school because of her love for athletics and track and field in particular.Davis said she looks forward to continue competing for her school as she harbours hopes of becoming a professional athlete in the future.After the celebrations on the school grounds yesterday morning, the athletes paraded through the town of Frankfield and through to Chapelton, as they shared their victory with the communities who have been supporting them over the years.last_img read more

What Kyler Murray’s NFL Draft decision means for Oakland A’s

first_imgKyler Murray has officially decided for the NFL Draft, but this baseball vs. football saga is only just beginning.Monday’s deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft really only cleared up the football side of things for Murray with a result that became an expectation for the A’s over the past week. The true deadline for Murray appears to be Feb. 14, the day A’s position players are scheduled to report to Arizona for spring training.I have declared for the NFL Draft.— Kyler Murray …last_img read more

Nadal, Dimitrov advance to Australian Open quarterfinal

first_imgDimitrov has never won a major, coming closest here last year before losing a semifinal to Rafael Nadal in five sets, but is enhancing his credentials as a next generation champion.Nadal secured his spot in a 10th Australian Open quarterfinal earlier Sunday on Rod Laver Arena, beating Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 in 3 hours and 51 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 16-time major winner draped an arm around his Argentine friend and patted him on top of the head. If he needed a fitness test in the first week in his comeback from an injured right knee, he got it.“A great battle … he’s a good friend of mine,” Nadal said. “This is the first big match that I played in 2018. That’s confidence for myself … confidence I can resist for four hours on court at a good intensity.” Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH The Patriots and Eagles will square off in Super Bowl 52 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — After snuffing out local hopes for yet another Australian Open, Grigor Dimitrov huddled with Nick Kyrgios at the net and the pair exchanged encouraging words.It was Kyrgios, having just lost 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (4) in the fourth round in a typically tempestuous performance, who left No. 3-ranked Dimitrov with this message: “Believe.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadal lifted to win the third, but Schwartzman didn’t relent.The second game of the fourth set lasted almost 13 minutes, with Nadal finally holding after saving five break points.He broke again in the next game to regain control.“It was a good test for me. It was a lot of hours on court. Moments under pressure,” Nadal said.Britain’s Kyle Edmund reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 afternoon win over Andreas Seppi and could relax and watch the night-time entertainment featuring Dimitrov and Kyrgios. They all played two weeks ago in Brisbane, where Edmund lost to Dimitrov, who lost to eventual champion Kyrgios.Both Dimitrov and Kyrgios got tense at key times in the night match. Dimitrov was broken while serving for the match. Kyrgios was called for a foot fault, double-faulted on a set point and smashed an easy overhead into the net on a break point after dominating the rally. He had 36 aces, and some second serves recorded at faster than 202 kph (125 mph).“Only a couple points in it, you know. It wasn’t like I got demolished out there,” said Kyrgios, who missed the chance to end the drought for local men that dates back to the 1976 Australian Open. “I had a lot of chances to win the match and I just came up short.”He tipped his mate Dimitrov to go far.“He hasn’t even found his best form yet and he’s still getting through all those matches, which is pretty frightening,” Kyrgios said. “Once he finds his feet and he has more confidence, he’s got a real chance at winning it.”Dimitrov thanked him for the support, and said he’s growing more confident in his game. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Nadal will next play 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, who collected his 100th Grand Slam match win with a 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (3) victory over No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta.“I had the 300th win of my career at the U.S. Open in 2014, so this is also beautiful one,” Cilic said of his latest major milestone. “I hope I’m going to continue and gather three more here.”Nadal lost last year’s Australian Open final to Roger Federer, but went on to regain the No. 1 ranking and win the French and U.S. Open titles before bringing his season to a premature end because of an injured right knee.Despite not playing any competitive matches in his Aussie Open preparation, Nadal advanced through three rounds without dropping a set.That streak finished when Schwartzman took the second set, rebounding three times after dropping serve to break back and win the tiebreaker.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Caroline Wozniacki continued to cash in on her second chance, reaching the quarterfinals here for the first time since 2012 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Magdalena Rybarikova.After saving match points and coming back from 5-1 down in the third set of her second-round win, No. 2-ranked Wozniacki said she was “playing with the house money” and had nothing to lose.Wozniacki next plays Carla Suarez Navarro, who rallied from a set and 4-1 down to beat No. 32 Anett Kontaveit 4-6, 6-4, 8-6.The other quarterfinal will feature the winners of two tune-up events. Brisbane International champion Elina Svitolina beat Denisa Allertova 6-3, 6-0 in a match that started just before midnight.Fourth-seeded Svitolina next plays Hobart International winner Elise Mertens, who beat Petra Martic to reach the quarterfinals in her Australian Open debut. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

8 days agoArsenal utility ​Maitland-Niles: How I get Aubameyang the ball…

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Arsenal utility ​Maitland-Niles: How I get Aubameyang the ball…by Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles has spoken about his form this season, and the connection he shares with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The England U21 star has already set up Aubameyang for two goals in the Premier League this season.And he mentioned how working on the timing of his runs have allowed him space to deliver quality crosses.”I only got two assists last season and I’ve got two already this season, which is a good start,” he told the club website.”Hopefully I continue with my assists and maybe create more opportunities to get my stats higher this season.”I worked on it a lot when I was younger because I used to play on the wing, so the timing of my runs is everything to me. “That’s what’s going to get me in on goal, that’s what’s going to get me behind the defence to either pass to someone else or to shoot on goal myself. It was very important for me to learn how to time my runs and create opportunities for others.” last_img read more

BC Ferries 2nd Salish Ferry Sets Sail for British Columbia

first_imgzoom The second of three new liquefied natural gas (LNG) -powered Salish Class vessels, ordered by Canadian ferry owner and operator BC Ferries, departed Gdansk, Poland on February 11 bound for its new home in British Columbia.Currently sailing the 10,440-nautical-mile journey, Salish Eagle is expected to arrive at its destination in April for crew training and familiarization.The dual-fuel ship is scheduled to start service in the Southern Gulf Islands in the summer of 2017.The Transatlantic voyage will take around 45 to 55 days, depending on weather, and including stops for refuelling in Santa Cruz, Canary Islands and Panama City, Panama, after transiting the Panama Canal and sailing up the west coast of North America to British Columbia.“We are looking forward to introducing all three new Salish Class vessels into service this year, which will serve British Columbians for decades to come,” Mike Corrigan, BC Ferries’ President and CEO, said.“We plan to operate these ships on natural gas, which will improve our environmental footprint and reduce our operating costs,” Corrigan added.The company will take final acceptance and ownership of Salish Eagle upon final inspection once the vessel arrives at its destination.BC Ferries’ first vessel from the batch, the Salish Orca, arrived in British Columbia on January 11, 2017, after a 50-day journey from Gdansk, Poland. The new ship will start service on the Comox-Powell River route in the spring of 2017.The 107-meter Salish Class ships will carry 145 vehicles and up to 600 passengers and crew. With a gross tonnage of 8,728 tons each, the vessels feature two car decks and have a service speed of 15.5 knots.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP issue warning after a series of overdoses

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are issuing a warning following a series of recent overdoses.According to RCMP, the Alberta Health Services EMS responded to approximately 14 overdose calls within the last four days.Police say investigations revealed a common trend of purple and pink coloured pills suspected to be heroin. Grande Prairie RCMP along with AHS, are cautioning individuals who engage in illegal drug use to exercise extreme caution when purchasing, and using illicit drugs.Individuals experiencing an overdose can show the following symptoms;breathing slowly or not breathing at allnails and/or lips are bluechoking or throwing upmaking gurgling soundsskin is cold and clammyNaloxone kits are available at pharmacies, community clinics and emergency departments.If you suspect an individual is experiencing an overdose, call 911 immediately.For more information on drug overdoses, you can visit read more

Rs 1 crore in cash seized from Dilip Ghoshs PA in Asansol

first_imgKolkata: Goutam Chattopadhyay, who claimed to be the personal assistant of BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, was arrested along with his associate from Asansol railway station late on Sunday night for carrying unaccounted cash of Rs 1 crore inside a bag.Both of them, in the face of police interrogation, said that they were bringing the huge amount of cash from Delhi and the money was supposed to be distributed among the voters ahead of the final phase of elections in the state. Chattopadhyay claimed himself to be Ghosh’s personal assistant during the police interrogation. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe incident seemed to have validated Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s claim who on repeated occasions accused the BJP leaders of distributing money among the people. During a recent rally, Banerjee had asserted that the Election Commission and police must check the cars of all leaders irrespective of their political affiliations. She also demanded surveillance of the vehicles of top BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She also made it clear that she would not mind if the police check her vehicle along with others. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt was learnt that Ghosh’s personal assistant Chattopadhyay, along with his associate Laxmikanta Shaw, was carrying a bag containing cash of Rs 1 crore at Asansol railway station on late Sunday night. They were loitering aimlessly on platform number 5 of the railway station when they were intercepted by the railway police. They found the cash and detained the duo for interrogation. As they failed to come up with any convincing answers, they were arrested. The matter was informed to the Income Tax department. Trinamool Congress leaders in the state have repeatedly alleged that BJP made money out of demonetisation and they were using the same in the elections to influence the voters. When media persons threw questions on them while being taken to court, one of them maintained that the money belonged to the BJP and they were bringing it for distributing among the voters. The duo was remanded to four days’ police custody after being produced before a court in Asansol on Monday. A probe is underway in the trail of ‘ill-gotten money’. Turn to P7last_img read more