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Warmer-death cry at SSKM, hospital sets up probe panel

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KOLKATA: Parents of a newborn who died at SSKM Hospital have alleged that the baby died due to excess heat under a warmer. The hospital authorities have set up a six-member committee to probe the death. The baby was born at SSKM Hospital on December 3 and was admitted at the neonatology wing due to health complications. Two days ago, she had convulsions, which triggered depressed brain function. The infant then slipped into a coma.

The neonatology unit at SSKM hospital is one of the most reputable in the state. Sources at the neonatology wing said the death had nothing to do with the warmer. They argued that all the tests conducted on the infant had suggested that she was born with some metabolic disorder.

“Despite repeated attempts, we could not save the baby because of certain medical complications. The inquiry will reveal the facts,” said a source in SSKM.

The complaint follows the death of two infants at Medical College and Hospital Calcutta on November 21. They too died due to excessive heat from their warmer.

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Migrants arrested with forged papers near airport

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KOLKATA: Bidhannagar Police arrested eight Bangladeshis from the New Town and Airport areas on Thursday . The police said the accused had forged documents and were “moving about suspiciously in high security areas.”

The arrests follow the central agencies nabbing a Jamaat leader’s son from Delhi after he managed to sneak into Bengal.

The arrests also correspond to the Kolkata STF and the Delhi police crime branch sleuths getting forensic experts to examine the laptops of the arrested ISI agents. Sources said the blueprint for illegally pushing Bangladeshi and Pakistani nationals into India was found in the machines.

“The link between ISI and Jamaat forces is wellestablished. The Bidhannagar Police is focusing on three areas -Airport and Baguiati bordering Madhyamgram and the clusters around the canal. Earlier, these foreign nationals stayed on with valid papers. But now the fake documents has become a problem. Several Jamaat elements are entering North 24-Parganas and Bidhannagar is being affected in a spill-over effect,” an officer said.

The arrests also correspond to the arrest of two ISI agents from Rajasthan.Deena and Ilamdeen, both aged 55, were engaged in spying for Pakistan and were held by the intelligence unit of Rajasthan police.

Sources said cops will hold camps to identify illegal migrants in the Salt Lake area. Additionally , whenever irregularities are reported from any area, each house will be checked.

The home ministry revealed that a city-based racket is managing forged passports and other Indian documents for Bangladeshi migrants. STF sources said two persons have been detained -one from Murshidabad and another from the Airport area -for questioning. “We are looking for links which will establish the Jamaat link further,” said a source.

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Stricter fines for parking at Maidan

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KOLKATA: Despite police challaning to keep the MaidanVictoria Memorial area free of parking after specific orders from the Calcutta high court, the winter has seen a rise in this illegal practice.

The traffic police -especially the south traffic guard -have decided to coordinate with Maidan police station to use tow vehicles and clamps on cars that park on these stretches in order to “send across a tough message.”

The cops say that while the entire area is prone to illegal parking, the Brigade side has major irregularities.

“Car owners are disembarking near Victoria Memorial for their morning walk. The drivers are expected to park either at the Tata Centre end or at Babughat. But taking advantage of the morning hours, when there are only a few traffic sergeants, drivers often refuse to comply with orders. We also found that several radio taxis and pool cars are parking in the area. Merely fining them is not serving the purpose. Hen ce, we have begun clamping vehicles. In the next step, we are going to tow the cars away . A couple of vehicles were towed to our Maidan office on Thursday . We plan to sustain this drive. The daily average infringement is nothing less than 8-12 cases every two hours,” an officer said.

But the cops are also planning on incentives. “We are actively in talks with KMC to try and give certain parking fee concessions to regulars.In addition, we want to raise the awareness about Maidan by roping in students. The idea is to involve the community and ensure that we do not pollute the Maidan,” explained another officer. Lalbazar officers said Maidan was on the top of the list.”At a time when plans are being formulated to relocate the Esplanade bus stand, we cannot allow illegal parking in this area,” explained a senior IPS officer.

The mounted police too have been asked to ensure that two-wheelers do not invade the Maidan in the evenings. “The police drive notwithstanding, there are still major infringements. We are trying to solve the issues,” the official admitted.

“Maidan is already out of bounds for car owners, as vehicles cannot be parked in and around the Maidan area.The only place where car owners can park comfortably is the stretch near Prinsep Ghat. This is why several morning and evening walkers throng the riverside walkway . There is no parking restriction there. The problem here for certain motorists is that they take traffic rules and restrictions casually unless fined,” admitted Ratan Lal, a regular at the Victoria Memorial.

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