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The City Diary

80-year-old found murdered at home

lNiharbala Bhattacharya, 80, was found murdered in her bedroom at 43/6, Amherst Street, in north Calcutta, on Friday night. She lived with her daughter Anjali Bhattacharya, an advocate at Bankshal court. On returning home, Anjali found her mother lying on the floor with her hands tied. Niharbala was taken to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital, where was pronounced “brought dead”. Strangulation marks were found on her neck. According to the police, a gold chain was missing from her neck and a napkin was found beside her body.

Buddha bound for Delhi

Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee will leave for Delhi on Saturday to attend the CPM’s central committee and Politburo meetings. On Monday, Bhattacharjee is expected to call on Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and request him to set up an expert committee to review the decision on bifurcation of Eastern Railway. Bhattacharjee is also expected to seek an appointment with Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani to discuss the KLO problem in north Bengal. The chief minister is scheduled to return to the city on Wednesday evening.

Reliance route jam

Reliance officers met state government and Bidhannagar municipality officials on Friday to sort out problems over its basic telephone services “that will need a bit of alteration” after the administration put its foot down on constructions in the township’s parks. The government insisted that it could not hand over a park, or any part of it, for construction because of a high court directive. “The company officers were asked to look for alternative sites (on private property),” said municipality official Baidyanath Mandal.

Woman robbed

Sumita Bhattacharya, 29, was robbed of her belongings at the Chittaranjan Seva Sadan in Bhowanipore on Friday morning. Cash, important documents and credit cards were stolen from her purse. She lodged a complaint with the Bhowanipore police. No one was arrested in this connection till late on Friday.

Security drill

About 50 members of the National Security Guard (NSG) participated in a security drill, at the Esplanade Metro station, to counter militancy, late on Thursday. The drill was carried out in the wake of recent threats to vital installations in Calcutta. This is the second such drill in the past six months. The guards used automatic weapons and took part in various counter-militancy formations. This team will also participate in a similar drill at the airport.

Heritage run

The route for the Calcutta Classic Run 2002 has been announced. Calcutta’s first ‘people’s marathon’, organised by Hash in aid of Make-A-Wish Foundation, will take off at 7 am on September 15 from Victoria Memorial. Around 300 runners will proceed down the seven-km path, down Red Road, through parts of Rani Rashmoni Road, Chittaranjan Avenue, Lenin Sarani, Chowringhee, Mayo Road, Dufferin Road, then back up Red Road to finish at Victoria Memorial. The cut-off time for runners is two hours. Information on various heritage sites falling on the way will be displayed. Registration is on from August 25.

Truck strike

The truck strike called by the Federation of West Bengal Truck Operators Association on various demands, including inordinate delay in getting national permits, started from Friday morning. A spokesman for the association said the strike would be “indefinite” if the government did not provide a solution to their problems.

Thumbs Up

O barisha kishor sangha and rama majumdar, a patient, for dona-ting Rs 1.7 lakh to the radiotherapy wing of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital
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