Spurred by an alleged rape of a Japanese student by her Indian guide, the West Bengal government has moved toward creating a new tourist police force in Calcutta to look after both foreign and domestic tourists. The plan calls for tourist police to be trained especially to help foreigners and posted throughout the city at popular tourist sites. The state’s tourism minister called for the force to be put in place as soon as possible both to assist visitors to Calcutta and to reassure potential visitors that the city is safe. In an unrelated matter, a party leader in the state congress called for a 12-hour bandh, a general strike, Aug. 2 to protest changes in state government judicial procedures. If successful, the strike would be the third bandh this year and would shut down Calcutta for the day.