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Date set for release of SARS suspects

The expert committee on SARS in the state has decided to release Sisir Sanketi from the Infectious Diseases Hospital at Beleghata on Thursday. Another suspect, Hazari Prasad, will be released on Friday, it was decided at the meeting. The state government has already released the first two suspects from the ID Hospital. The hospital will now keep Jamil Ahmed under observation, and the decision on his release will be taken at next Monday’s meeting, director of medical education C.R. Maity said. The ID Hospital authorities will withdraw 200 beds from the 300-bed special SARS unit, created at the ID Hospital if there are no fresh cases in the next 14 days, a health department official said.

Two dead in road mishaps

Two persons were killed in separate road accidents on the city’s northern fringes on Wednesday. According to police, Noor Mohammed, 25, was run over by a car near the airport. In another accident near the Madhyamgram four point crossing, an unidentified woman was run over by a truck as she was trying to cross the road.

Hurt in collapse

Four persons were injured when the staircase of a house in Howrah’s Bandhaghat collapsed on Wednesday. The injured were taken to a local hospital. Firemen rushed to the spot but the injured had already been removed, police said.

Attack arrest

P.K. Mishra was arrested on Monday night the Golabari area of Howrah in connection with the shooting of transport operator Rakesh Rai on Hardat Chamaria Road of Howrah on Monday. The prime suspect, however, is absconding, police said.

Held for teasing

Lake Town police on Wednesday night arrested four youths for allegedly teasing some girls and snatching jewellery from them. Police said the youths used to board private buses plying between Ultadanga and Golaghata, teased women passengers and also snatched jewellery from them.

Bangla meet

Bangladesh deputy high commissioner Mohammed Touhid Hossain met chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee at Writers’ Buildings on Wednesday to discuss plans for opening an export house in the city. Hossain said he hoped this would promote Indo-Bangla trade relations.

Rights seminar

The Kolkata Society for the Right to Die with Dignity will organise a seminar on Thursday at Bangla Akademi in the Nandan complex. Eminent people like chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission Mukul Gopal Mukherjee and writer Dibyendu Palit will speak at the seminar.

Thumbs Up

To Lions Club of North Calcutta for organising free polio corrective surgery for more than 200 patients
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