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Fake medicine racket busted

The North 24-Parganas district police on Monday unearthed a racket in spurious medicines at Rajarhat. The racketeers would push the spurious medicines into the market through normal distribution channels after bunching them with genuine ones, police said. A substantial amount of fake medicines, raw materials and machines were recovered. “They specialised in making the spurious variety of a particular medicine which has tremendous demand for gynaecological applications,” said Ajay Nand, additional superintendent of police, Salt Lake. According to Supriyo Bose, officer-in-charge of Baguiati police outpost, the entire business of manufacturing and distribution was carried out from a house in Shullonguri, near Baguiati. The owner of the building and his son, the key players in the manufacturing and distribution chain of fake medicines, are absconding.

HS examiner’s brother held

Jadavpur police on Tuesday arrested R.B. Agarwal, brother of Higher Secondary examiner Shyam Sundar Agarwal, who is in police custody. Several guardians of students appearing for Higher Secondary exams had complained that Shyam Sundar had demanded money from them to increase marks. Police said documents relating to the case had been seized from R.B. Agarwal’s house.

CAS case

The state government feels that conditional access system (CAS) should only be rolled out when set-top boxes can be manufactured indigenously. Minister for consumer affairs and fair business practices Naren De said on Monday: “Bulk import of a product, demand for which is bound to soar soon, doesn’t make sense.” The minister was addressing a panel discussion on CAS and its implications to the consumers, organised by Consumer Unity & Trust Society, an NGO. Federation of Consumer Associations of West Bengal chief Mala Banerjee felt consumers shouldn’t be “intimidated” by the set-top box. “Besides, the government has facilitated a free-to-air bouquet of a minimum of 30 channels,” she said.

Murder bid

A youth was arrested from Narkeldanga when he, along with five associates, tried to kill a key witness of a murder case on Monday afternoon. According to police, Bhola Das and his accomplices hurled bombs and opened fire at Dulal Sengupta, the witness, at Narkeldanga. Sengupta escaped unhurt. While policemen patrolling the area rounded up Bhola, his associates escaped. Sengupta is the key witness to the murder of Mahesh Dey whose body was recovered from a canal bank on July 12, 2002. The trial will start from June 23.

Beds for research

The state health department intends to earmark 300 beds of the Infectious Diseases Hospital at Beleghata for research work of the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, director of medical education C.R. Maity, said on Monday. A three-member committee, headed by Maiti, has already submitted the proposal to the state government. The government wants to shift the general medicine beds of ID Hospital to Salt Lake State General Hospital and keep the beds at Beleghata exclusively for infectious diseases.

Electrocuted

Bibhuti Nag, 22, was electrocuted at Nakuleswar Bhattacharya Lane in Tollygunge in south Calcutta on Sunday night. Police said he was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Cop driver dies

Driver of a hired car of Calcutta Police, Mahendra Yadav, 45, died on Sunday night. Police said Yadav had complained of feeling uneasy because of the heat when he was returning to the city police headquarters after finishing duty. He was taken to SSKM Hospital, where he died later.

No puff at hospitals

The state health department has asked principals and superintendents of medical college hospitals to make the medical units no-smoking areas as part of the implementation of the West Bengal Prohibition of Smoking and Spitting and Protection of Health of Non-smokers and Minors Act, director of medical education C.R. Maiti said on Monday.

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