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Govt cancels Behala clinic licence

The state health department issued an order on Friday to cancel the licence of a private nursing home and clinic in Behala, for failing to conform to the Clinical Establishment Act. Stating this, director of health services Prabhakar Chatterjee said that the health department had received complaints — from patients who visited South End Nursing Home and Clinic of Behala — saying it lacked infrastructure and that the authorities were flouting a number of provisions under the Act. During inspection, health department officials gathered that the complaints were valid. “It was observed in the investigation report that the clinic lacked nursing staff, medical records were not maintained properly, there was no resident medical officer, and so on,” Chatterjee said. Following this, the nursing home authorities were served a notice to take necessary measures within two months. However, during an inspection after two months, it was revealed that no such action had been taken. “So we decided to cancel the licence of the nursing home,” the director of health services said.

Army truck kills cyclist

A middle-aged unidentified cyclist was killed when a speeding army truck knocked him down at the intersection of Hazra Road and Ritchie Road on Friday afternoon. According to police, the vehicle hit the cyclist from behind when he was crossing the intersection. The cyclist was rushed to SSKM Hospital where he succumbed to injuries. The vehicle and its driver were taken to Ballygunge police station.

Bail refused

A division bench of Calcutta High Court on Friday rejected the bail prayer of Abdul Rauf, who was arrested in connection with the murder of 16-year-old Jahanara, a resident of Birati. Rauf’s son, Zakeer, wanted to marry Jahanara. When she refused, Zakeer, along with 11 men, went to abduct her on April 13. As Jahanara’s neighbours tried to resist them, they allegedly hurled bombs at her. Jahanara died on the spot. Rauf and Zakeer were arrested, along with nine others.

Hotel intruder

A security guard of Taj Bengal was attacked with a sharp weapon by a youth, Sheikh Kalu, on Thursday night. Police said Kalu had stealthily entered the hotel premises and was trying to steal scrap when the guard spotted him. Kalu took out a chopper and attacked him. Other guards of the hotel caught Kalu and beat him up. He was later handed over to the police.

Robbery case

Four youths were sentenced to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment for committing robbery at a house in Taratala in 2002. The judge of fast track court, Sealdah, also slapped a fine of Rs 1,000 on the accused. According to police, four youths had entered the house of Mohammed Shamim on JK Ghosh Road and decamped with valuables.

Held for fraud

City police arrested the former chief executive officer of Manjusree Infotech, a city-based software firm, in connection with a Rs 5-crore cheating case. Shyam Swaminathan, the former CEO, was rounded up by officers of Shakespeare Sarani police station as soon as he returned from Bangalore around 3.30 pm on Friday. Last March, the detective department had arrested K.G. Bhatt and Anita Divakar from Mysore. According to the investigators, Bhatt and Divakar had taken a franchise of the firm’s software products and collected goods worth Rs 5.41 crore for marketing. But later, it was found that the duo had not paid for the products. During investigation, the sleuths found that Swaminathan had helped the duo get the products without payment.

Cigarettes seized

Eight cartons of smuggled cigarettes of foreign make, worth Rs 1.5 lakh, were seized from Howrah station on Thursday night by Railway Protection Force personnel. No one was arrested, RPF sources said.

Tax protest

Several organisations of private bus, minibus and taxi submitted a memorandum to chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, and protested the recent hike in sales tax on diesel.

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