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The City Diary

Two set free via legal loopholes

A division bench of Calcutta High Court on Monday acquitted a lifer from Purulia and a drug peddler from Howrah on legal grounds. The drug peddler, Ramua, was arrested at Shibpur ghat in Howrah with brown sugar in his possession. The Howrah judge had sentenced Ramua to a 10-year term and imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh. His lawyer Asim Roy told the court that the police had flouted the order of the apex court and not informed the accused that he had the right to be searched in the presence of a magistrate or a gazetted officer. The court accepted the argument of the lawyer and set aside the order of the Howrah court. In the other case, a resident of Purulia, Pashupati Mahato, was sentenced for life by the Purulia district judge for allegedly murdering a woman. Mahato filed an appeal before Calcutta High court against the order of the district judge. The same lawyer, appearing for the accused, told the court that in 1993, when the murder was committed, Mahato was a minor and the court had no right to send him to jail. He argued that as per apex court ruling, the boy should be sent to a correctional school. After receiving a report from the district judge about Mahato’s age, the division bench comprising Justice A. Talukdar and Justice P.N. Sinha acquitted the accused of all charges.

Two run over in Barasat

Two persons were run over at Barasat, in North 24-Parganas, on Sunday night. The victims were identified as Dilip Das, 42, and Gopal Das, 28. Police said they were run over by an unidentified vehicle. Local people took them to hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Water protest

Traffic movement in Lake Town, Dum Dum, Nagerbazar and the airport was disrupted on Monday after residents of South Dum Dum, including 500 women, held a demonstration near Dum Dum railway bridge protesting the water crisis. The demonstration was withdrawn around 11 am.

Advocate hurt

A 45-year-old advocate was seriously injured when a private bus knocked him down on J.M. Avenue on Monday. Arijit Mitra, a resident of Kasinath Dutta Street, was crossing the road when the vehicle hit him. Bystanders rushed him to hospital, where his condition was stated to be critical. The vehicle was impounded, but the driver managed to flee.

Cyclist killed

A cyclist was killed on Chetla bridge after being hit by a truck carrying ash on Sunday night, police said. The driver fled, leaving the vehicle behind.

Trinamul sit-in

Trinamul Congress MLAs and party workers organised a sit-in at Esplanade on Monday protesting violence during the recent panchayat elections. Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Pankaj Banerjee took part in it.

Thumbs Up

To World Vision on India for organising a free health check-up camp at Ganesh Chandra Avenue over four days, at which an awareness programme was also held
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