BRIEFS FROM THE REGION
Relay Hunger Strikes continue
From our Darjeeling Reporter
Darjeeling, Sep 2, 2010: Relay Hunger Strikes and daily processions by the various sub-committees of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha are continuing in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseongs sub-divisions in front of the SDO offices for the second day to protest the government’s policies and to pray for the success of the 8th Tripartite Talks to be held in Delhi as well as to consolidate the active participation of their members against the unjust rules and policies of the West Bengal government.
Nicole Chettri arrested – FIR against those who helped the police
From our Kalimpong Reporter
Kalimpong, Sep 2, 2010: In a bizarre turn of events, one Nicole Chettri (not the same person – Nicole Tamang – who disappeared from CID custody) was apprehended by the members of the Kalimpong Chalak Mahasangh on Thursday morning for grievously stabbing a fellow taxi driver Deepak Rai on Wednesday evening, but those who helped the police apprehend the perpetrator of the malicious crime had FIR’s lodged against them by the stab perpetrator’s family.
Deepak Rai, a fellow taxi driver of the main road line, who objected to Nicole Chettri’s parking privileges, as he had none, had to undergo a rather serious operation at the Kalimpong Hospital to stem his profusely bleeding stab wounds when he was accosted on Wednesday night and stabbed by Nicole Chettri and his friend who is still absconding, near Mangal-dara.
The police had failed to apprehend Nicole Chettri and his friend earlier on Wednesday night after a complaint had been lodged at the Kalimpong police station following the stabbing indicent.
Army vehicle and truck collide – highway blocked
KalimNews, Sep 2, 2010: The vehicular traffic along state highway, lifeline of Kalimpong, was blocked for more than four hours when one army heavy vehicle dashed one uphill Swaraj Mazda truck WB 73- 0381 near Milan Club at 7th Mile, Kalimpong at 0600 hrs today injuring the driver of the Swaraj Majda.
The blockade was so congested that not a person could cross the either side as the two vehicles had totally covered the roadside which resulted into the jam of all the school and passenger vehicles plying through the road. Even the school vehicles were found stranded due to the want of alternative route. However, the pedestrians used the mule track to reach the other side. Some of the pedestrians were seen climbing ans some other kneeling down to crawl the empty space between the two vehicles to reach the other side. Later, the recovery van from the nearby army headquarters reached the spot and the road was cleared.
BDO axed for graft
Balurghat, Sept. 2: The state government has suspended the block development officer of Harirampur, Suman Majhi — now in judicial custody— for allegedly embezzling funds of over Rs 1 crore meant for the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.
Majhi was arrested from Malda on August 13 while reportedly trying to flee South Dinajpur district in a car. South Dinajpur district magistrate Asok Banerjee said here today that the suspension order from the department of personnel and administrative reforms dated August 31 had been sent to the BDO through the jail superintendent. “The joint BDO is looking after the administration in Harirampur.”
Siliguri: Thipu Oraon, a 50-year-old resident of Putinbari Tea Estate in Matigara, was killed in a clash with two workers of the garden on Thursday. Police said Thipu was hit with sharp weapons by Karnail Oraon and Gabriel Oraon and died on the spot. The duo have been arrested.
Siliguri/Jaigaon: Officials of Baikunthapur forest division have seized a truck and recovered sal timber worth Rs 1 lakh from it on Thursday. The foresters said they intercepted the truck near Salugara and seized the timber but the driver and his helper escaped. In a similar raid, foresters of Madarihat range of Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary recovered sal and teak logs worth Rs 50,000 from the Alipurduar-New Jalpaiguri passenger train near Madarihat. Nobody has been arrested.
Malda: The district magistrate of Malda has ordered a probe after a portion of the roof of an under-construction health centre at Nadisik near Chanchol collapsed on Wednesday. The foundation stone of the 60-bed facility under the National Rural Health Mission was laid on February 6 by zilla parishad sabhadhipati Sabina Yasmin. Some villagers had protested against the poor quality material being used.