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Apartment burgled by domestic help

lA domestic help and three of his associates stole gold ornaments and cash from a second-floor apartment on Sarat Bose Road on Tuesday. Deputy commissioner of police, detective department, Soumen Mitra, said Nisha Khaitan, the apartment-owner’s wife, was sleeping when the help, Madan, rang the doorbell. A medical attendant, Bela Chatterjee, opened the door for him. Madan and his aides tied up the women and burgled the apartment. Khaitan later lodged a complaint with Ballygunge police station. “The Khaitans had met Madan near a temple a month ago, and had hired him without checking his antecedents,’’ Mitra said.

Forensic report on lecturer

Sleuths on Tuesday said forensic reports indicated that lecturer Paromita Dutta had consumed carbamete, a poisonous substance used in insecticides. Paromita was found dead in her Maniktala apartment on June 5. Police recovered the body of her husband, Swastik Dutta, from the railway tracks between Dum Dum and Ultadanga the same day.

Runover rage

Trouble broke out at the Shyambazar five-point crossing after a 50-year-old unidentified man died under the wheels of a private bus on route 3D/1 on Tuesday evening. Police said the driver lost control of the bus and ran over the man. Bystanders pulled the driver out and beat him up, before the police rescued him. The mob even tried to set the bus on fire. Later, the agitated mob gathered again and started pelting stones at passing buses and policemen. A mild lathicharge dispersed the crowd.

Impersonator held

Kalipada Shau was arrested on Tuesday evening for trying to impersonate an employee of the irrigation and waterways department in Salt Lake. Shau was promising residents ration cards against Rs 2,500. The rationing officer of the area lodged a complaint with the North Bidhannagar police.

Lightning death

Milan Mondol, 13, was killed and seven of his classmates were injured after lightning struck a Diamond Harbour school on Tuesday afternoon. The injured were rushed to hospital.

Fake currency

A resident of Zakaria Street in central Calcutta, Mohammad Akram, 27, was arrested for carrying Rs 33,000 in fake Bangladeshi currency. Police said Akram had started out as a money-changer, but was duping people of late.

Jump off bridge

A middle-aged, unidentified man jumped off Howrah bridge on Monday. The North Port police launched a search but failed to locate the body till late on Tuesday. Witnesses said bystanders made several attempts to stop the man from jumping off, but he did not pay heed.

CD haul

Mohammad Sheikh, 23, was arrested and pirated video and audio compact discs, worth Rs 5.2 lakh, was seized from a shop near Chandni Chowk on Tuesday. Sheikh was remanded in police custody.

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