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Kalchini minor girl rescued
Alipurduar, Aug. 20: A 15-year-old girl from Madhu Tea Estate in Kalchini, who had been rescued by Delhi police while working as a maid, was reunited with her family today.
The girl and her mother had been taken to Delhi by two women with offer of good jobs, but police are still clueless about the latter. Malati (name changed) was separated from her mother soon after their arrival in Delhi and was sent to a house to work as domestic help. Unable to endure the torture by her employers, the girl escaped from the house on January 18. The police rescued Malati while she was sitting on a flyover and traced her family with the help of an NGO.
Alipurduar: A postmaster was injured when three youths attacked him in Jogendrapur near Falakata on Thursday. Around 9pm, Tapan Dey was going to a colleague’s house when he was hit on the head with a sharp weapon allegedly by Ajit Saha, Nirmal Das and Narayan Barman. Dey was taken to the Falakata Rural Hospital from where he was shifted to Jalpaiguri district hospital. The postmaster suspects that the men had attacked him because of an argument they had earlier regarding payment under the NREGS.
Islampur: The Private Bus Owners’ Association of North Dinajpur has threatened to go on an indefinite strike to protest against the collection of toll tax by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). Secretary of the association Ashok Chanda said the NHAI had collected Rs 240 from each bus as toll tax on Thursday. Members of the association also met district magistrate Sunil Dandapat on Friday to discuss the matter.
Alipurduar: A wild elephant damaged at least eight huts in Chinchula Tea Estate under Kalchini block of Alipurduar subdivision on Thursday night. On Friday, more than 50 workers of the garden demonstrated in front of the Pana range office for an hour demanding compensation. The protest was withdrawn after the BDO of Kalchini assured the demonstrators that they would be provided with ration.