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Eviction notice forces Waldorf closure

Waldorf, one of the oldest eateries in the city, functioning under an eviction threat for close to three years now, is set to down shutters from Tuesday. The gourmet landmark on Park Street since 1947 was slapped an eviction notice in mid-2000 by landlady Urmila Devi Poddar, seeking to build a commercial highrise on the plot. The restaurant management appealed against the eviction order and obtained a “permanent injunction” from a high court division bench. The landlady subsequently went to the Supreme Court to overturn the injunction and her appeal was upheld last week. It is learnt that Poddar will come to take possession of the premises on Tuesday morning, accompanied by the police. Although the restaurant management closed shop on Monday night itself, the 70-odd workers have vowed to resist the eviction. “We will fight any attempt to forcibly take over the restaurant premises,” said Noor Mohammed, the oldest worker in Waldorf and general secretary of the Citu-affiliated City Eating and Refreshment Workers’ Union. Owner of the restaurant Charles Mantosh said: “We have appealed to the government to consider the interest of the staff.”

Cottage cheese samples cleared

No trace of nitric acid was found in the 44 samples of cottage cheese (chhana) tested in the civic food laboratory. According to the report submitted by the public analyst, only two samples were found sub-standard in terms of water and fat content. Following complaints from consumer groups that nitric acid was used instead of citric acid or calcium lactate to curdle milk to prepare cottage cheese sold at the Bowbazar chhana patty, the Calcutta Municipal Corporation and the police enforcement branch conducted a joint raid in the market on March 11 and collected the samples.

CBI case stayed

Justice Sujit Burman Roy of Calcutta High Court on Monday passed an order staying the proceedings of a CBI court against an employee of a nationalised bank in south Calcutta. A CBI inquiry was initiated against Dibyendu Narayan Chowdhury in 1982, but during the past 20 years, the investigating agency could not produce enough witnesses before the court. The employee’s counsel, Rabi Shankar Chaterjee, filed a case in the high court, demanding quashing of all proceedings against his client. The lawyer also informed the court that after “harassment by the employer bank, Chowdhury’s wife and son left him and he lost his mental balance.” Justice Roy directed the CBI court to produce all documents.

Woman run over

Kalpana Seth, a 70-year-old resident of SP Mukherjee Road, was run over by a private bus on route 205 in front of Bhowanipore police station on Monday morning. She was rushed to SSKM Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. The driver of the bus fled.

Four-year jail term

Dipak Ghotecha, booked for 25 cases of snatching, was sentenced to four years’ rigorous imprisonment by a Fast Track Court at Alipore on Monday. A fine of Rs 2,000 was also slapped on him.

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