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Mother sets self on fire, baby also hurt

lMaya Majhi, 35, set herself on fire at her Harinath Dey Street residence in the Narkeldanga police station area, on Wednesday morning. Her four-month-old son also received burns. Both the mother and the baby were admitted to RG Kar Hospital, where the doctors declared the woman’s condition to be critical. The husband, Nakul Majhi, was arrested on charges of abetment to suicide, said an officer of the Narkeldanga police station. She was chided by her husband as she returned home late from a marriage on Tuesday night. As Nakul left home around 11 am, Maya locked herself in and sprinkled kerosene on herself. Her four-month-old son, who was sleeping on the bed, was also injured. “On hearing Maya scream, neighbours broke open the door and hospitalised her,” an officer said.

Aftab trial venue shifted

A gazette notification was published on Wednesday by the Calcutta High Court administration declaring that the trial in the American Center attack case will be held in Presidency jail instead of the City Civil Court. The trial venue of Aftab Ansari in the Khadim’s abduction case , however, will not be shifted from the Alipore court, said advocate-general Balai Ray. Session judge P.L. Dutta, hearing the trial, requested the high court to change the venue for security reasons. The high court took a month to settle the issue.

Students’ meet

The CPM-controlled Students’ Federation of India will organise a two-day convention on ‘Students against War’ at the Calcutta University Centenary Hall, beginning March 11. SFI secretary Apurba Chatterjee said former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, ex-chief minister Jyoti Basu, Rashtriya Janata Dal president Laloo Prasad Yadav, chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, his Tripura counterpart Manik Sarkar and Congress leader Margaret Alva will be among those present. Nearly 600 delegates from 40 universities across the country will attend.

Fire at mill

A fire broke out at Howrah Jute Mill on Wednesday, gutting a huge quantity of raw materials. Twenty fire tenders were pressed into service and the fire-fighters took an hour-and-a-half to control the blaze. There was no report of casualty.

Goons in the net

Basudeo and Gopal were arrested on Lake View Road, in the Lake police station area, on Wednesday, after two gangs fought a pitched battle and hurled bombs.

Teasers in court

Two youth, arrested on charges of teasing a woman at Oxytown and stubbing a cigarette on her arm, were produced in the sub-divisional judicial magistrate’s court on Wednesday. Tapan Das, believed to be the main culprit, was remanded in police custody for five days, while accomplice Chandan Biswas was sent to jail custody.

Gangs clash

Three men were arrested on Gas Street, where rival gangs opened fire during a clash on Wednesday. Police said the clash was a sequel to a long-standing rivalry among goons of Patwarbagan and Narkeldanga areas.

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