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The City Diary

Coupon dupe lands trio behind bars

lThree youths were arrested on Tuesday for duping people of lakhs in the Thakurpukur area. According to the police, the youths had opened a showroom in the area, promising to sell goods at a hefty discount. They had distributed coupons among residents of the area for a sum, promising to hand over the goods once the coupon was produced. Most residents welcomed the idea and bought the coupons. On Monday, when the customers turned up at the showroom, they found the shop locked and the youths missing. Later, the police managed to locate them and round them up.

Lecturer on fast hospitalised

A lecturer, who had been on a hungerstrike on the Jorasanko campus of Rabindra Bharati University, was admitted to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, after he complained of severe chest pain. University sources said he was later shifted to the intensive care unit where his condition is serious. A group of lecturers had gone on strike, protesting the retrenchment of the 30 guest lecturers by the university.

Sleaze-show arrest

One person was arrested for telecasting pornographic films on cable television at Basirhat, North 24-Parganas. Police said Jagadish Sarkar was picked up on the basis of complaints lodged by customers. Several CDs were also seized.

Lexpo debut

Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee will inaugurate Lexpo-27 on the Maidan on Wednesday. Small-scale industries minister Bangshagopal Chowdhury will attend. The fair will continue till December 8.

Swept away

A man died trying to recover a decomposed body from the Hooghly in Batanagar, South 24-Parganas, on Tuesday. Police said Baiju Singh, 58, jumped into the river to pull out a body and was swept away by the current. A team of divers later retrieved both the bodies.

Pharmacy Week

The state branch of Indian Pharmaceutical Association is celebrating National Pharmacy Week. Earlier, Pratyush Mukherjee, minister of state for health and family welfare, flagged off a rally from Nilratan Sirkar Medical College and Hospital on Sunday.

Fee-hike meet

A meeting against the proposed medical fee hike from the next session will be held at R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital on Wednesday. The meeting is being organised by the All- India Democratic Studentsí Organisation. Medical students from all over Bengal will participate in the meet to deliberate the fee hike.

Duo rounded up

Police arrested criminals Mukti and Bhakti from the Dum Dum police station area on Tuesday night. Several rounds of ammunition and a pipe-gun were recovered from their house. Police said the duo is wanted on extortion and murder charges.

Thumbs Up

O LIONS CLUB OF CALCUTTA SANJEEVANI for organising a blood donation camp at Deshapriya Park
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