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The City Diary

Basu blames Centre for economic crisis

lCorruption and evasion of taxes are on the rise in the nation, Jyoti Basu, former chief minister and senior CPM leader, said on Monday. He was addressing the silver jubilee conference of the Income Tax Employees’ Federation (ITEF) and the golden jubilee celebration of its foundation at Yuba Bharati Krinangan in Salt Lake from February 10 to 15. “There is a parallel economy in black money,” Basu said in his inaugural address, while urging income tax employees to curb the menace. Basu also lambasted the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre, holding it responsible for the economic crisis in the country. Subrata Das, chief commissioner of income tax and Umesh Mehta, president of ITEF also spoke on the occasion.

Khadim’s case hearing put off

The sub-divisional judicial magistrate of Alipore court on Monday deferred the hearing of the Khadim’s case to February 24. The hearing could not take place due to a ceasework announced by the lawyers on Monday. The lawyers did not attend court to mourn the death of a member of the bar. Aftab Ansari and 34 others were brought to court amid heavy security.

Clinic shutdown

Residents of Topsia shut down a nursing home in their neighbourhood for the alleged molestation of a patient on Sunday night. As they turned violent, both the owner and the manager of the nursing home fled. They staged a demonstration in front of the clinic and demanded arrest of the culprits.

Extortion arrests

Three criminals were arrested in Burrabazar on Monday when they went to a promoter’s office to collect protection money. According to police, the three youth in their mid-twenties —Rafique, Bunty and Suresh — had been threatening two promoters over the past one month. One of them made a complaint to the police on Monday before asking the three to come over.

Body identified

The city police managed to establish the identity of a 40-year-old man found murdered in a central Calcutta hotel last Wednesday. He has been identified as Nanda Das, a resident of Gobra in the Park Circus area. Investigations revealed that Das, who used to cheat people, was probably murdered by his rivals.

Rape charge

A 15-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 20-year-old youth at Chandiberia, in Rajarhat, on Sunday night. Police said the girl was stopped on her way back home from a cultural programme. Police said the youth was picked up on the basis of a complaint.

Tax education

The Direct Tax Regional Training Institute, the training division of the income-tax department, will hold an education programme for tax-deductors of the government, the public sector and private sector organisations on Tuesday at Multipurpose Hall, Ayakar Bhawan.

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