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RG Kar interns say no to inquiry panel

A fresh controversy broke out at the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital after college authorities directed the three interns, earlier suspended, to appear before an inquiry committee on Saturday morning in the micro-biology department. The three interns, Shubhajit Roy, Shubhankar Chatterjee and Biplab Chandra, on Friday decided not to appear before the committee, alleging that the college authorities had not yet informed them about the nature of the charges, a pre-requisite set by the high court, while hearing out their case, earlier this week. The interns, all members of the SUCI-controlled Democratic Socialist Organisation were suspended by the college authorities for allegedly assaulting relatives of patients and reporters on November 1. Protesting the decision, the three interns went to court and proved their point, after the government decided to revoke the suspension order slapped on them. Justice Indira Banerjee had said that the government was free to conduct an inquiry, but clarified that the college authorities would have to inform the interns about the charges in advance.

Life term for killing husband

A 32-year-old woman was, on Friday, sentenced to life imprisonment by a sub-divisional judicial magistrate of Barasat, on the northern fringes of the city, after she was found guilty of killing her husband by poisoning him in February 1999. According to police, Manju Bibi’s husband Zakir Hussein had accused her of being involved with a local youth. Hussein had even shown her photographs catching her in a compromising position with the youth. The same night, she laced her husband’s food with poison. After a month, Hussein’s brother complained to the police, suspecting Manju’s hand in her husband’s death. Acting on the complaint, police arrested Manju for murdering her husband.

Apartment burgled

Jewellery and other valuables worth nearly Rs 30,000 were stolen from an apartment in Teghoria on Friday morning. Police said Joy Mukherjee, owner of the apartment, had gone with his family to visit a relative in hospital. The domestic help, who was in the apartment when the robbery was carried out, is being questioned by the police.

Railway gallery

Eastern Railway’s Heritage Gallery was inaugurated on Friday. Entitled Symphony, the gallery was unveiled by ER general manager S.C. Sengupta at the headquarters in Fairlie Place. The gallery depicts the inception and evolution of the railway in eastern India through models and photographs of different engines, coaches, equipment, maps, paintings and documents. The gallery has a special section on stamps on Indian Railways, released over the years. Officials said the gallery would soon be thrown open to the public.

Train services hit

Train services in the Sealdah-Ranaghat section of Eastern Railway’s Sealdah division were disrupted on Friday morning following an agitation by residents of Madanpur. Officials said the residents squatted on the tracks from 9.42 am to 10.55 am, demanding stoppage of a pair of galloping Sealdah-Ranaghat locals at Madanpur. As a result, five local trains were detained for more than 40 minutes at different stations, officials later said.

Torture of minor

Police arrested a couple from Gopalpur, in Mahestala, on the southern fringes of the city, on Friday for allegedly torturing a minor girl. Police said the girl, Tumpa Sardar, who worked as a domestic help, was thrashed by the couple for “neglecting their child”. The arrest was made after a complaint was filed by Tumpa’s aunt.

Flesh trade

Police busted a flesh-trade racket and arrested 19 persons, including 16 women, from a house in the Park Street area, on Friday. Police said two customers and Alpha, allegedly the mastermind of the racket, were arrested along with the women during the raid.

Car on fire

A car caught fire on VIP Road near Lake Town on Friday. Police said the car from Chingrihata was headed towards Bangur.

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TO Paschim Banga Talgur Maha-sangha for re-launching a packaged bottle of date palm, named Neera. It will be available from November 30

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