BRIEFS FROM THE REGION
From The Telegraph
Farmer dead for debt
Malda, Sept. 3: The body of a farmer who was missing for the past 10 days and who is suspected to have committed suicide for debt was found in a well near his home in Habibpur today.
Sushil Soren, 22, had been missing since August 24, but no one from his family had filed a missing person’s diary. According to Gokul Roy of Habibpur’s Marali village, Sushil had borrowed Rs 6,000 from a local money-lender to sow paddy. “He had two bighas of land and the paddy seedlings dried up because of the dry weather and after that he was very worried on how to repay the debt. That is why he jumped into the well,” Gokul claimed. Malda police chief Bhuban Mondol said a probe was on to determine whether the death was suicide.
Siliguri: Foresters from Baikunthapur division seized teak timber worth Rs 1 lakh from East Vivekanandapally on Friday. Foresters said the timber was recovered from a vacant plot of land in the locality. Nobody has been arrested.
Siliguri: Akash Haldar, a Class VI student of Terai Tarapada Adarsha Vidyalaya in Deshbandhupara was injured when a jeep hit him on Friday. After the accident, the local people ransacked the vehicle whose driver has been arrested. The injured student had been taken to the district hospital for treatment.
Siliguri: The state sports and youth welfare department in association with the Himalayan Nature and Adventure Foundation and Siliguri District School Sports Association felicitated six footballers of Siliguri who had recently gone to Germany for a weeklong training at FC Bayern.
Islampur: Four people were arrested on Friday for allegedly gangraping a 25-year-old tribal woman at Maheshpur on August 31. Md Atik, Md Alam, Md Nasarul and Md Saifuddin — all residents of Maheshpur — were produced in the court of the additional chief judicial magistrate of Islampur, which remanded them in jail custody for 14 days.