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Six years’ jail for robbery in taxi

Three youths were sentenced to six years’ rigorous imprisonment on Monday by the judge of the second city session court on the charge of robbing a taxi driver of his belongings on Vidyasagar Setu on June 16, 2001. They were also directed by the judge to pay a fine of Rs 1,000, failing which they would face another six months in prison. Police said the youths, identified as Mohammed Sajjad, Mohammed Nishad and Mohammed Siraj, hired the taxi and committed the crime. They were arrested after the taxi driver raised an alarm.

US students at Writers’

A group of medical students from Virginia Commonwealth University of the US, who are in Calcutta as part of the City of Joy Medical Education and Relief Project, met state health minister Surjya Kanta Mishra at Writers’ Buildings on Monday. “We told him that many US medical students were delighted to work here in the project and wanted to come back,” Deeptankar Demazumder, leader of the team, said. “But he expressed surprise at this, telling us that this was not possible since even doctors here were moving abroad.” The project aims at training US medical students and physicians in alternative medicine and teach them diseases specific to South-east Asia. The project considers this training important for US caregivers so that they can effectively treat American patients of South-east Asian origin. Kelle Oberle, Anita Mehta, Poulami Mitra and Demazumder also met chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. Bhattacharjee said the state would provide “all support to work out collaborative endeavours”.

Ticket drive protest

Train services in the Sealdah Bongaon division were stalled for half an hour on Monday afternoon when some miscreants set up a blockade on the tracks. Eastern Railway officials said a mobile special-checking drive was conducted in the afternoon. Soon after the checking team went away on Chetna, the special train for the drive, a blockade was set up at Dum Dum Cantonment station. Train services were stopped between 5.30 pm and 6 pm. Railway staff cleared the track soon and services were resumed.

Thief arrested

A youth was arrested on Purnadas Road on Monday when he was trying to run away after snatching a gold chain from a woman at the Rashbehari Avenue-Triangular Park crossing. The youth was arrested by two constables of the Special Branch who were passing by.

Teen dacoits held

Five armed men were arrested at Thakurpukur on Sunday night. Police said the criminals had gathered to commit a dacoity. All of them, except the leader, are in their teens.

Man hangs self

Radheshyam Mahato, 23, hanged himself from the ceiling in the staff quarters of Nilratan Sirkar Medical College and Hospital on Monday morning. Police said he was a drug addict.

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