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Three youths and boy swindle man

lA 10-year-old boy and three youths robbed Anup Das of Rs 10,000 while he was leaving a bank on CIT Road in Entally on Friday. Das chased the group and caught one of the youths, Bijoy Das. He was handed over to the police. During interrogation, Bijoy told the sleuths that the other members of the gang were waiting for him at Sealdah station. When the police reached Sealdah, they managed to locate another youth, Padam Sharma, but he gave them the slip. Deputy commissioner of police, eastern suburban division, Sanjoy Mukherjee, said the group tricked Das by drawing his attenntion to “a dirty patch” on his shirt. When Das turned to check out the patch, the group grabbed the bag containing the money and fled. Mukherjee said the arrested youth lived in Halishahar, North 24-Parganas.

Revival plan for sick units

Union minister of state for chemicals and fertilisers Tapan Sikdar met chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Friday to discuss revival of three city-based sick pharmaceutical companies — Bengal Chemical, Bengal Immunity and Smith Stanistreet Pvt Ltd. Sikdar asked Bhattacharjee to give “assurance letters” over extending marketing support on the products and a government-waiver of five per cent security deposit on orders. According to Sikdar, downsizing staff through voluntary retirement schemes and selling of unused land could revive Bengal Immunity.

Death probe

The All-Bengal Electricity Consumers’ Association, on Friday, demanded a probe into the death of a person in Alipore Central Jail this week. The victim had been arrested on charges of power theft. The association alleged that the deceased had been arrested on a false charge.

Army doctors

The authorities of Command Hospital, Eastern Command, will organise a two-day medical education programme from Saturday, to update doctors with armed forces, especially those posted in far-flung areas of the country. Lt-General J. R. Mukherjee, chief of staff, headquarters, Eastern Command, will inaugurate the programme at the hospital.

Green bench order

The green bench of Calcutta High Court has asked the Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) to evict encroachers from Belilious Park. The bench directed the superintendent of district police to help the HMC in the eviction operation.

Two drown

Two people drowned in the Hooghly, late on Thursday, police said. Divers were pressed into service to retrieve the bodies. The Port police said one of the bodies was located near Gwalior Ghat on Friday. Efforts are on to identify the person.

Marksheet protest

Supporters of the All-India Democratic Students’ Organisation staged a demonstration, on Friday, in front of the office of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, protesting the marksheet scandal in Madhyamik 2002. They demanded the resignation of Board president Haraprasad Samaddar.

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O Rotary club of calcutta victoria for constructing a night shelter for street children at Loreto Day School, Sealdah
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