Presidency University said on Tuesday it had mistakenly admitted 29 students to the first-year sociology class though there were only 24 seats. “Because of a human error, we had admitted more SC/ST candidates than the sanctioned strength,” registrar Prabir Dasgupta said. The university will arrange for the “necessary approval” to retain the additional students, the registrar said.
Arrest: The special task force of Calcutta police arrested an alleged Students Islamic Movement of India (Simi) activist on Tuesday evening. “Harun Rashid, who was picked up from Garden Reach, has been arrested for possessing and distributing fake Indian currency notes,” said an officer. “Rashid also used to recruit youths from Bengal and send them to Madhya Pradesh.”
Hospital power cut: Three buildings at Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital went without power from 12.30am on Tuesday. The supply could not be restored till late on Tuesday. “The patients had to do without fans but no surgery was cancelled. Alternative supply was maintained with generators from dawn,” said an official. “Underground cables had got burnt and the generators were connected to these cables,” said principal Siddhartha Chakraborty. The buildings that went without power were chest, surgery and surgery extension.
Arms sale: Five men were arrested at the Chinar Park crossing where they had allegedly gathered to sell arms on Monday evening.
Arrests: Two youths and a woman were arrested following a complaint of rape and forced prostitution by a 16-year-old girl from Sukantanagar in Salt Lake on Monday. The trio are Prashanta Debnath, Karuna and Saheb Sardar.
Drug: Nigerian Azobu David, who was allegedly carrying 35g of cocaine worth Rs 1.75 lakh in the sole of his shoe, was arrested on Camac Street on Tuesday afternoon. Police said David, 28, had come from Delhi.