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The City Diary

TV-smash suicide bid by undertrial

Undertrial prisoner Gobinda Bera attempted suicide on Monday night by smashing a television set in a Howrah jail and stabbing himself in the stomach with a shard of broken glass. Police said Bera was remanded in judicial custody on Monday after his arrest on charges of dacoity and murder in Shibpur a few days ago. He seemed depressed after his arrest and, while being escorted to his cell on Monday, suddenly smashed the screen of the television set and tried to stab himself. He was rushed to Howrah Hospital, where doctors say his condition is still serious, as the wound is deep. Howrah district magistrate S. Kishore confirmed the suicide attempt. “The jailer has sent a detailed report to the district authorities, but I have not received a copy yet,” he said.

RI for govt employee

Kalyani Bhowmick, an employee of the pay and accounts department, was sentenced to six years’ rigorous imprisonment on Tuesday by a special judge of the city sessions court. Police said Kalyani had acquired a fake certificate from the Bihar school examination board to bag a state government job.

Run over

Deepchand Bin, 45, an employee of the Alipore Mint, was run over by a schoolbus on Taratala Road in front of the Calcutta Port Trust building on Tuesday afternoon. He was declared dead at SSKM Hospital.

Road mishap

Mohammad Rustam, 20, a resident of Mominpore, died on Tuesday morning when a minibus and a goods van rammed into each other at the Mayo Road-Dufferin Road crossing. Five persons were injured in the mishap, police said.

Pandal visit

Fire services minister Pratim Chatterjee will visit pandals on Panchami, Sashthi and Saptami to check if puja organisers have adhered to the specifications for construction of temporary structures, he said on Tuesday at Writers’ Buildings.

Criminals held

Chikna Raju, a criminal of south Calcutta, and three of his accomplices were arrested at Nischindapur railway station in South 24-Parganas. The gang had assembled to plan a train dacoity, police said.

Campus shift

Around 200 students of the Calcutta campus of Rai University, an institution controlled by a Raipur-based private university, have complained that a sudden decision by the authorities to close down their Calcutta centre has put them in a spot. The students alleged that the decision was taken after they had paid a substantial amount of fees for various courses. Arijit Majumdar, associate dean of the centre, however, said the institute would now be affiliated to Eastern Institute of Integrated Learning and Management, another newly-set up private university based in Raipur.

Food poison

Nearly 150 persons, including over 70 children, fell ill after consuming prasad in Budge Budge on Monday night. Chief medical officer of health, South 24-Parganas, Pradip Mondal said all of them were admitted to Budge Budge hospital with complaints of nausea and stomach upset. On Tuesday, some of them were transferred to city hospitals after their condition worsened.

Sleaze racket

Police busted a flesh trade racket and arrested seven persons, including five women, from an apartment in Lake Town on Tuesday. According police, the racket was run by a 35-year-old widow, Rekha Dutta.

CMC bulldozer

The Calcutta Municipal Corporation will procure a bulldozer for Rs 71 lakh under the Asian Development Bank’s Calcutta environment improvement project. This will be the second bulldozer under the ADB scheme.

Medical seat nod

Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee expressed confidence on Tuesday that the Medical Council of India’s final nod for more undergraduate seats would come soon.

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