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The City Diary

Taxi driver held for murder of wife

lA person was arrested on Monday night for allegedly murdering his wife at their house in Baranagar. Police said Lalmohan Sasmal, a taxi driver, killed his 28-year-old wife, Champa, for allegedly having an affair with a neighbour. He slit her throat with a knife while she was sleeping. Lalmohan was caught by his brother with a blood-stained knife. Later, the taxi-driver confessed to the murder of his wife to the police.

Plea for Uday Shankar home

Danseuse Amala Shankar on Tuesday met chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee at Writers’ Buildings and urged him to hand over a house at Golf Club where her husband, dancer Uday Shankar, lived since 1953. She said mayor Subrata Mukherjee was planning to grant the building heritage status. “We want to shift the India Culture Centre, which we run in memory of the great dancer, to the Golf Club house,” she told the chief minister. Bhattacharjee assured her that he would take up the matter with the mayor.

Bank fraud arrests

The detective department of the city police arrested two retired officials of SBI Home Finance Limited, Dipen Tripathi and Kanchan Lal, from Madhyamgram on Monday for their role in the defalcation of Rs 3.5 crore a few years ago.

Woman run over

A mentally challenged woman died in an accident on Outram Road in the Maidan police station area on Tuesday evening. According to police, the woman, aged around 60, was hit by an unknown vehicle. She was taken to SSKM Hospital, where she was pronounced brought dead.

Id arrangements

Elaborate arrangement has been made to ensure a peaceful Id- uz-Zoha in the city on Wednesday. About 12,000 policemen will be deployed to maintain law and order. Police said Red Road and some other important roads will be closed to traffic for Id prayers.

Held for extortion

Acting on a tip-off, the Bowbazar police arrested a criminal known as Dracula in crime circles, on Tuesday evening. Wanted in connection with several incidents of extortion, Dracula was arrested from the intersection of CR Avenue and Canning Street, police said. Police records suggest that Dracula operated in the area surrounding the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital and was on the wanted list for a long time. A revolver and ammunition were found on him.

House burgled

A gang of armed miscreants looted a house at Asokenagar on the northern fringes of the city on Monday night. Police said the goons entered the house of Parimal Pal and took away cash and gold ornaments worth several thousands of rupees. Residents of the house complained that the dacoits had beaten them up when they tried to resist.

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O lions club of chandannagar for organising a seminar to create awareness about the evils of the dowry system
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