Octogenarian killed in suspected robbery attempt in city

first_imgKolkata, Aug 5 (PTI) The body of an octogenarian lying in a pool of blood was found in the bedroon of his residence at New Alipore in the southern part of the city early today, the police said.The police suspects that Malay Mookerjee (82) was killed by robbers who entered his room by breaking open the rear door of his house in order to steal valuables.”It appears that the robbers, for or five of them, tried to cut open the wire mess covering the verandah to enter the house. When they found it too hard to cut through, they broke open the door on the rear end of the house,” the officer said.Initial investigation revealed that the old man tried to resist the thieves. Mookerjees body was first seen by his maid servant who visited the house early in the morning.Kolkata Police DC (South) Praveen Tripathi, who went to the place, said, “We are looking into the matter. Our officers are at it.”State Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Aroop Biswas, who happened to be the family friend of the Mookerjees, also visited the house.Sleuths of the Kolkata Police homicide section are assisting the team from the local police station in the probe into the killing. PTI SCH MDlast_img read more

Brazilian GP: Lewis Hamilton takes pole position, Sebastian Vettel on second

first_imgFormula One champion Lewis Hamilton continued his good vein of form and got Mercedes their 100th pole position at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Saturday while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished second.Despite being fined and reprimanded for a weighbridge incident, Vettel will be starting alongside Hamilton after a rain-affected session at Interlagos on Saturday.With the pole, Hamilton extended his record to an 82nd pole of his career and it was the 10th of a season, where the Briton has already won the Drivers’ Championship for a fifth time in his career.Mercedes will seal the constructors’ title on Sunday unless Ferrari outscore them by 13 points.Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas, who was on pole in Brazil last year, qualified third with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen fourth on an all-Finnish second row.Also read – There’s something loose between my legs: Vettel’s message on team radio has everyone in splits”That was a tough qualifying session,” gasped a delighted Hamilton, who had never previously managed to take a pole in a season after winning the title with races to spare.”The weather was going up and down and we didn’t really know what to expect. Obviously Ferrari are incredibly quick this weekend.”I didn’t know whether or not I had the pole. The last lap wasn’t that great, if I’m honest. I had a bit of understeer in a few places,” added the Briton, who has five stars and the late Brazilian Ayrton Senna’s design on his helmet.He was the only one to improve on his final flying lap, after earlier securing provisional pole, with a best time of one minute 07.281 seconds — a track record and more than a second quicker than last year’s pole.advertisementAlso read – I feel very humbled by the whole experience: Lewis Hamilton after 5th F1 titleHamilton and Vettel provided the main talking points of the session, with the former fortunate to escape the immediate attention of the stewards after nearly colliding with the Williams of Russian Sergey Sirotkin in the second phase.Raikkonen also had to swerve to avoid him in another incident.Vettel’s summons by the stewards was inevitable after he was called in for weighing at a critical point in the second phase with rain threatening, making it crucial to get in an early timed lap.With a cone barring access to the weighbridge, he drove into it and then gesticulated angrily for officials to hurry up, before driving off again in a breach of the regulations.The governing FIA said that by keeping the engine running he had made it hard to get a stable result and by driving off rather than being pushed he had also ‘destroyed’ their equipment.Also read – Vietnam to join Formula One Calendar from April 2020″They shouldn’t call us when the conditions are changing like that, I think it’s unfair if somebody gets pulled in. I wanted them to hurry up,” said Vettel.Stewards handed the four-time world champion a reprimand for failing to follow instructions, his first of the season, and a 25,000 euros ($28,335.00) fine.Before the summons, it looked like Ferrari had pulled off a tactical masterstroke as the only team into the final phase on soft tyres, rather than the faster but quicker-wearing super-soft, giving them a potential advantage at the race start.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen qualified fifth with Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo sixth but dropping five places due to a penalty for having a turbocharger replaced.That will lift Sauber pairing Marcus Ericsson and Ferrari-bound Charles Leclerc to sixth and seventh, the latter producing a phenomenal lap to get into the final phase in tricky conditions with time running out.Haas’s Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen will start eighth and 10th respectively with Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly sandwiched in between.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more