BRIEFS FROM THE REGION
Ransack at college office
Siliguri, Sept. 9: The union room of Surya Sen College was ransacked by
unidentified persons today with SFI supporters alleging it to be the work of the Trinamul Chattra Parishad (TMCP).
Both the TMCP and SFI supporters kept Subrata Debnath, the college’s teacher-in-charge, confined for five hours, demanding action against the perpetrators. Two separate FIRs were filed by Debnath and the SFI-backed students’ union of the college.
Siliguri: A new training centre was inaugurated at the Prerana Educational Centre run by the North Bengal Council for the Disabled at Demdima Basti in Salugara on the outskirts of Siliguri on Thursday. The centre was built with money sanctioned from the MPLAD funds of Bimal Jalan. Besides the new infrastructure, a new ramp to facilitate the movement of special children has also been constructed with assistance from the Calcutta-based Apeejay Trust, said Rita Sengupta, the director of the centre.
Washed dyke floods villages
Dooars: The swollen Mujnai river breached a portion of an embankment near Uttarkhayerbari village, 55km from Alipurduar in Jalpaiguri district, on Thursday morning.
The surging river washed away about 200 feet of the dyke and flooded four villages in Madarihat panchayat, forcing many villagers to move to safer places. Although the water level came down during the day, some of the fields near the breached embankment were affected.
According to the sabhapati of the Madarihat-Birpara panchayat samiti, Bikash Das, unchecked and illegal dolomite mining in Bhutan was causing the riverbeds to rise, resulting in the increase of water level during the monsoon. He said relief would reach the affected families.
Balurghat: Trinamul Congress workers organised rallies and meetings at Buniadpur, around 55km from here, on Thursday, demanding steps against policemen who were allegedly responsible for the death of a school student, Jayanta Sarkar, in lock-up on Sunday.
Cooch Behar: Health officials conducted raid on 10 illegal pathology laboratories and two X-ray clinics in Dinhata town on Thursday. The raid was led by subdivisional officer Chiranjib Ghosh. The illegal diagnosis centres were closed by the health authorities after the raid.
Siliguri: The BJP organised a demonstration at the north Bengal zonal office of the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd here on Thursday to protest the revision of tariff and frequent power cuts. They also submitted a memorandum to the deputy zonal manager, seeking intervention.