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Twin student suicides in city

lTwo suicides took place in north Calcutta in the past 24 hours. In both cases, the police are yet to ascertain the cause behind the deaths. Ritam Roy, 17, hanged himself at his Muchipara home late on Sunday. He was studying in Class XII. In the second incident, Sanjoy Patra, 20, an engineering student, hanged himself with his mother’s sari at his Baroaritala residence, in Beleghata, on Monday afternoon. “Sanjoy had returned home from the local puja pandal around noon. He had lunch around 1 pm and locked himself in his room,” said an officer. “The family suspected something when they found the room locked till 4 pm. When they broke open the door, they found Sanjoy hanging from the ceiling,” he added.

Man held for fraud

Ramkrishna Sankar was picked up from the Shrirampore-Gangulybagan area for selling forged dividend warrants of blue-chip companies and non-judicial stamps on Monday, according to police. Forged dividend warrants worth Rs 75,000, bearing the names of reputed companies were recovered from his residence. Sankar was arrested two years ago on charges of selling forged Indira Vikas Patras.

Flights cancelled

Indian Airlines cancelled three flights on Monday due to lack of passengers. Flights on the Calcutta-Delhi, Calcutta-Mumbai and Calcutta-Chennai sectors were cancelled. Passengers of the cancelled flights were accommodated on other carriers.

Cablemen’s protest

Cable operators under the RPG Netcom umbrella will demonstrate in front of the service provider’s office at Chandni Chowk on Tuesday morning. The cablemen, who have a litany of complaints against RPG Netcom, the multi-system operator (MSO) feeding 75 per cent of the city’s cable homes, will also present a memorandum to the Netcom management.“The MSO is also responsible for hiding points and souring operator-consumer and operator-broadcaster relations,” alleged Tarak Saha, general secretary, Forum of Cable Operators. The cablemen also resent the “higher rates” demanded by RPG Netcom and the MSO’s “high-handedness” in allocation of channels.“Besides, we are often kept out of the negotiation process with broadcasters,” said Saha.

Armed robbery

Armed goons attacked Ram Samaj Harijan and snatched a bag containing Rs 1,000 from him, near Subhas Sarovar in Beleghata on Monday afternoon. He was admitted to Nilratan Sirkar Hospital.

Pandal gutted

A pandal on the roof of a three-storeyed building on Kunja Behari Lane in Tollygunge was gutted on Monday evening. Two fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the flames. The pandal caught fire when some crackers landed on it.

Banned crackers

A man was arrested in Posta for hoarding banned firecrackers on Monday. Around 150 crackers were recovered from the house of Neelu Bhargava.

Thumbs Up

O society of human growth for distributing spectacles, sticks and special clocks on Kali puja among needy people with poor eyesight
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