BRIEFS FROM THE REGION

BRIEFS FROM THE REGION

Power rage hits office

Islampur, Sept. 13: Deprived of power supply for the past 72 hours, residents of Chopra today beat up employees of the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited and ransacked the office at Chopra.

Three employees were taken to the Chopra hospital. They were, however, released after first aid. Police said the protesters had gone to the WBSEDCL office in the morning to gherao the assistant engineer but did not find him. Assistant engineer Mohammed Afroz said the transformers had burst during the thunderstorm on Friday night and had been sent for repair. “We are trying our level best to restore power supply at the earliest.”

Fire damage

Siliguri: A fire broke out at a carom board factory in Siliguri Industrial Estate on Monday evening. Two engines from the Siliguri fire station doused the flames. The cause of the blaze and loss are yet to be ascertained. The Siliguri fire station will issue permission to Durga Puja organisers in town from September 20 till October 12. U.N. Adhikary, the deputy director (north Bengal) of fire services department, said on Monday that the organisers would have to follow directives like limiting the height of the pandals up to 40ft and making separate exits and entrances.

Body found

Jaigaon: Birpara police recovered the body of a resident of Lankapara Tea Estate near Lankapara post office on Monday. The police said multiple injuries on the body of 35-year-old Rajesh Rai suggested that he had been murdered. On September 4, the body of another youth, identified as Palden Lama of the same locality had been recovered. The police were trying to find out whether there was any link between the two incidents.

Ganja haul

Islampur: Officials of the Islampur division of customs seized eight quintals of ganja worth Rs 25 lakh from a truck near Panjipara on Monday. A.K. Das, the superintendent of customs, said they had intercepted the vehicle on NH31. Three persons have been arrested. Initial investigations revealed that the narcotic was loaded somewhere in Assam and was on way to Uttar Pradesh.

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