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Choked on gum

Gangtok, Jan. 27: A participant in a 14km run died in East Sikkim yesterday when the gum he was chewing got stuck in his windpipe.

Pemba Sherpa, 18, fell unconscious on reaching the finishing line. He was taken to a hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Doc fined

Tamluk: A consumer court in East Midnapore has fined a Tamluk surgeon Rs 3 lakh on charges of negligence that led to a patient’s death in 2009. The amount has to be paid within 45 days from January 15. The doctor has denied being at fault.

Cops injured

Barasat: Six policemen in Jagaddal were injured during a clash with villagers who blocked their way when a local youth arrested on charges of extortion was being taken to police station.

Visva suicide

Bolpur: A first-year student of Japanese at Visva-Bharati allegedly committed suicide on Sunday. Sudhir Kumar’s body was found on the road outside the campus.

RJD move

Calcutta: Mohammed Sohrab, the only RJD legislator from the state in the previous Assembly, has claimed that party chief Lalu Prasad has asked him to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Bodies found

Bolpur: Two bodies — one with its throat slit and another with stab injuries — were found on a railway ground in Bolpur early on Sunday.