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Runover protest clogs path to airport

lA roadblock by residents to protest the death of a woman in an accident brought traffic to a grinding halt on VIP Road on Wednesday afternoon. Police said the accident occurred around 4.15 pm when Munni Devi was crossing the road near Sribhumi. An airport-bound bus knocked her down. “The driver did slam the brakes at the last moment but the woman came under the wheels,” said an officer of Lake Town police station. Munni Devi was rushed to the Maniktala ESI Hospital, where she was declared dead. The driver fled the spot. Protesters demanded deployment of policemen at the Lake Town-Ultadanga crossing. In another incident, a seven-year-old school girl was run over on Jessore Road, near Motijheel College, on Wednesday morning. The girl was crossing the road when a truck hit her. Bystanders rushed the girl to RG Kar College and Hospital, where she was declared dead. The driver is absconding.

Knocked down and killed

One person died in a road accident at the Shyambazar five-point crossing late on Tuesday. Two others were injured in the accident, police said. The victim is yet to be identified. According to the police, three cart-pullers were hit by a speeding vehicle, which sped away after the accident.

Death certificates

Mayor Subrata Mukherjee on Wednesday demanded a change in the format of death certificates by including the address of the deceased and his/her father’s name. The mayor said he would take up the matter with the state government.

Dying for love

Subhasish Chatterjee, 36, committed suicide on Wednesday after he heard that his girlfriend was being married off, in Ashoknagar, North 24-Parganas. The girl’s brother-in-law, Ranjit Banerjee, was arrested on a complaint lodged by Subhasish’s elder brother.

Mela funds plea

The Vidyasagar Mela Committee on Wednesday asked students to contribute funds for the fair, beginning December 20. The campaign was inaugurated by Biman Bose, Left Front chairman and president of Vidyasagar Mela Committee at the Metropolitan Institute.

Asiatic book fair

Asiatic Society will organise a 12-day fair of rare books on its premises, beginning November 27. Society president Amalendu De said on Wednesday that the books would also be sold at a discount of 25 per cent.

Road accident

Subhas Chakraborty, 35, employed with the Bose Institute in Rajabazar, was knocked down by a speeding vehicle near Nandaram Market in Burrabazar, on Wednesday. He was rushed to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, where the doctors pronounced him brought dead.

Held for fraud

Three agents of an investment company were arrested on Wednesday on charges of duping investors of several lakhs. Police are on the lookout for the owner of the company, Soma Chakraborty.

Thumbs Up

O ROTARY CLUB OF RABINDRA SAROBAR for organising a rally to raise awareness of environment, health and pollution-related issues
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