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Hospital tout held for duping patient

Paresh Mukherjee, a tout, was arrested on Friday for cheating the parents of a six-year-old patient at Medical College and Hospital. During interrogation, Mukherjee admitted that he had contacted Krishnapada Das, a resident of Dum Dum, with the promise of getting his son’s MRI done at the hospital. Das’ son Sourav, who was admitted at Bangur Insititute of Neurology, was asked to get an MRI done by doctors. Das was approached by Mukherjee at Medical College and Hospital when he went there to inquire about the MRI rates a few days ago. Later, Mukherjee informed Das that he had arranged for the MRI at a 50 per cent discounted price of Rs 2,000. When the medical officers asked Das to procure a few more medicines after the MRI on Friday, Das said he had already paid Rs 2,000 through Mukherjee. The authorities said no payment had been made. The police were alerted and Mukherjee was arrested.

RI for murder attempt

Iqbal Ahmed, alias Langra Guddu, was found guilty of attempted murder by the fast-track court at Sealdah on Friday. He has been sentenced to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment. The court also fined him Rs 3,000 and another six months’ imprisonment if he failed to pay the fine. Ahmed, who would extort traders of the Entally and Phoolbagan areas, had demanded protection money from Subhash Agarwal of Chhatubabur Bazaar. On October 10, 2002, Ahmed cornered Agarwal in a grocery shop and shot at him.

Undertrial dead

Ramjan Ali, 45, an undertrial, died in Alipore central jail on Thursday night. Officials said he died of cardiac arrest. He had been convicted in a murder case.

JU strike

Normal activity at Jadavpur University was affected for the fifth day on Friday, with students of the engineering and technology faculty deciding to continue their relay hungerstrike.

Airport water crisis

Several areas of the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport terminal reeled under a water crisis from midnight on Thursday. The airport police station went without water on Friday morning. The airport authorities admitted that a pipeline had sprung a leak. Normal supply was restored at about 10 am.

Stay order

Justice D.P. Sengupta of Calcutta High Court passed an interim order on Friday, staying the proceedings against the accused in the Chandan Sen murder case in Nadia. The judge passed the order after a petition was filed by the two accused, Subharanjan and Arundhati Khanra, alleging that police had not supplied copies of the supplementary chargesheet filed against them in the trial court.

Puja flout whip

An interactive session between puja organisers and the police, fire brigade and CESC on Friday took an ugly turn after fire services minister Pratim Chatterjee announced that organisers found guilty of not having the required permissions would be booked under the non-bailable offences section.

CalTel tie-up

Calcutta Telephones has tied up with two confectionery chains to deliver sweets to customers through the ‘Sampark’ service of BSNL. During the Pujas, customers can dial 1500 and get sweets delivered by Haldiram’s or Mouchak. Talks are on with Ganguram for a similar service.

Pandal guide

The police will guide pandal-hoppers through the TV sets installed at Metro stations, commissioner of police Sujoy Chakraborty said on Friday, while releasing the Puja Guide.

Bleach talks

The British high commissioner to India, Rob Young, said on Friday that the UK government was hoping for a “successful outcome soon” on the release of Peter Bleach, sentenced to life imprisonment in the Purulia armsdrop case of 1995. “We are in constant contact with the government of India on the matter,” added Young, on his last official visit to the city.

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