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Sentenced for molesting pupil

A fast-track court on Wednesday sentenced a 53-year-old teacher of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sinthee, to two years’ rigorous imprisonment for molesting a nine-year-old student. Police said Rajendra Gayen had molested the child in December last year in his house. The girl used to go over to his house for tuition.

Her parents felt suspicious after she almost stopped eating and talking to them. But their repeated queries drew a blank. They took her to a psychiatrist, who could finally persuade the child to narrate what had happened to her. A complaint was then lodged and the women’s cell of the detective department started a probe.

18 lakh robbed

Three armed criminals robbed Rs 18 lakh from a collection agent of gold merchants late on Tuesday. Ajay Kumar, deputy commissioner of police (south), said Atul Kateria was returning home with the money in a polythene bag when the criminals intercepted him on Ashu Biswas Road, in Bhowanipore. They snatched the bag and fled. No one has been arrested.

Doctor case

A criminal case has been started against a doctor of a south Calcutta nursing home on the basis of a complaint alleging that his negligence had led to the death of a patient. Police said on Wednesday that the relatives of the patient, Subhra Guha, had alleged that the doctor, Anupam Dey, had been negligent while treating her. The relatives had even ransacked the nursing home.

Detained

V.K. Thambhi, a passenger of a Bangladesh-bound plane, was detained by the officials of the Customs and directorate of revenue intelligence for his alleged links with sandalwood smuggling.

Diploma course

A two-year diploma course in designing in ceramics and glazed pottery will be launched at Ceramic Research Institute, Calcutta, by industry minister Nirupam Sen on Thursday. Classes start on Friday.

Repair work

The Calcutta Municipal Corporation has undertaken repair of roads and lamp posts in the burial grounds at Gobra, Bara Shola-ana and Bagmari, on the occasion of Shab-e-Barat on Friday. Mayoral council member Faiyaz Ahmed Khan said special lighting arrangements will be made in the burial grounds.

Howrah gherao

Around 8,000 Youth Trinamul Congress supporters on Wednesday gheraoed the bungalow of the Howrah district magistrate (DM) to protest the alleged takeover of agricultural and industrial land for real estate. The agitators reached the bungalow around 1 pm and kept it gheraoed for three hours. They later handed over a memorandum to the DM, Nandini Chakravorty. Traffic snarls were reported from GT Road, Howrah Police Station Road and Biplabi Haren Ghosh Avenue, as the protesters marched their way to the bungalow.

Check-up camp

A two-day health check-up camp for female employees started at the South Eastern Railway headquarters in Garden Reach on Wednesday.

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To GMB Films (P) Ltd for organising an art exhibition, the proceeds of which will be donated to St Xavier’s College

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