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HC edge for mayor’s waterline axe

A division bench of Calcutta High Court on Monday passed an interim stay order on the verdict delivered by Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya, restraining the Calcutta Municipal Corporation from giving effect to a rule empowering the civic body to disconnect water supply for non-payment of property tax. The bench, comprising Chief Justice A.K. Mathur and Justice J. Biswas, however, said the stay order would not affect the cases which were being heard by the bench. The court passed this verdict on the basis of an appeal by the state government. Earlier, the court had stayed the implementation of the same judgment of the trial court on an appeal by the civic body. As the state was also a party in the case heard by Justice Bhattacharya, the government filed a fresh appeal against the verdict. The stay order obtained by the state strengthens the hand of mayor Subrata Mukherjee, who is fighting his party supremo Mamata Banerjee on the issue. Mamata has reportedly requested the mayor not to go ahead with the water disconnection drive in “the greater interest of the party”.

Two held for fishy treatment

Two persons were arrested from a guest house in the Taltala area on Monday on charges of cheating asthma patients by feeding them live lyata fish. After receiving complaints from several people who had been ‘treated’ by them, the police rounded up Mallikarjun Prasad and his associate, Sheikh Haja Mahedin. Forged papers, bearing the state health department’s stamp, were recovered from them. The two were remanded in police custody till April 5. Police said the duo hailed from Hyderabad and had been camping in Howrah and Calcutta for the past two months. They used to charge a fee of Rs 390 for a dose (a small live lyata fish). Prasad even distributed handbills claiming that the treatment would cure asthma within 15 days. Soumen Mitra, deputy commissioner of the detective department, said: “We have also booked them under the Drugs and Magic Remedies Act, which states that feeding anyone with live fish cannot cure a disease. We decided to arrest the duo when patients told us that eating the fish did not yield any result.” The detective department received the first complaint from Bharatiya Bigyan-O-Juktibadi Samity.

Armsdrop case

Purulia armsdrop accused Peter Bleach filed a petition in Bankshal Court on Monday, contesting the assault charges levelled against him. Demanding an independent probe into the matter, Bleach also sought the prosecution of a section of police officers of Presidency jail and Hastings police station. Metropolitan magistrate S.R. Roy has slated the hearing for April 5.

Road accident

A 30-year-old woman was injured after being hit by a school bus at VIP Nagar, in the Tiljala area, on Monday afternoon. Police said the woman was admitted to National Medical College and Hospital in a critical condition. The bus was impounded, but the driver managed to flee.

Tech school

The state government will set up a technical school in the city, exclusively for the handicapped. Minister for technical education Mohammad Salim told the Assembly on Monday that the government had earmarked Rs 30 lakh for the proposed school. Salim said the institute would be set up on the premises of a technical school on SN Banerjee Road.

Dry taps

Household taps in parts of south Calcutta will remain dry on Thursday after 10 am as repairs will be conducted on the 60-inch water mains of the Garden Reach waterworks at Jinjira Bazar. Supply will resume from Friday morning.

Bapi Sen murder

The five accused in the Bapi Sen murder case were produced before the chief metropolitan magistrate’s court on Monday. The magistrate rejected their bail plea and sent them to jail for another 14 days.

Two arrested

Two youths were arrested from Shyampukur on Monday night. According to police, two revolvers were recovered from them. The duo was wanted for extortion and robbery.

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O lions club of calcutta sanjeevani for organising a health check-up camp in Joka, where 300 people were treated
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