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Bridge climber returns home

Calcutta, Dec. 22: The mentally challenged man who scaled Howrah bridge twice yesterday and made many a heart skip a beat left a police station for home with his mother today.

Puran Murmu’s mother Phulmoni saw her son’s antics on television and rushed to Calcutta.

The resident of Dumka in Jharkhand comes to Burdwan around this time every year to work as a farm hand. At Alladipur village, a resident told Phulmoni that firemen were trying to bring a man down from atop Howrah bridge and she rushed to catch the action live.

When the young man was brought down, it turned out to be her eldest son.

An officer of the North Port police station said: “Phulmoni and some of her neighbours got in touch with the local pradhan who contacted the thana over the phone. We told him to send the woman with a letter this afternoon,”.

Phulmoni said Puran suffered from occasional bouts of restlessness and went missing during once such fit on Thursday. After looking for him in the village, the mother of two sons and a daughter gave up.

Puran, 20, “probably to-ok a train to Howrah yester-day”, the officer said.

The mother and son were all smiles while leaving the police station.

Tusker quiet

Bhola, 42, the tusker in mast that had wreaked havoc on Nataraj Circus in Tallah Park, was quiet today for the first time since Wednesday.

Forest officials said it needs to be kept in confinement for a few more days at the brick kiln in Domjur, 25km from Calcutta, where it was brought yesterday.

In an attempt to break free while the trainer was trying to fetter it, Bhola had pulled down the circus tent and damaged its ticket counters.

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