BRIEFS FROM THE REGION

Gorkha hunger strikers near death - can Mamata (Didi) understand and provide the healing touch, or ... ?!! (Darpan)

BRIEFS FROM THE REGION

From The Telegraph

Three ‘Fast onto Death’ hunger strikers in serious condition

Darjeeling, Sep 24, 2010: The condition of three Yuva Morcha protesters, on an indefinite hunger strike in Darjeeling since September 17, is said to be serious.

“Puspa Kumar Rizwal, Darpan Thapa and Santu Rai are in serious condition and doctors have advised hospitalisation. But they are not willing to withdraw the protest,” said Dipen Mallay, spokesperson for the Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.

“The government has not yet come up with any explanation (on the disappearance of Nickole Tamang) and if there is a law and order problem because of the fast, the government will be responsible.”

Hotelier gives up in court

Siliguri, Sept. 24: Gurdeep Singh Saluja, the prime accused in the murder of his friend and realtor Tapas Jha, surrendered in the court of additional chief judicial magistrate here today. He was remanded in jail custody for 14 days.

Jha was found dead with a bullet injury on the head at a hotel owned by Saluja here on August 5, 2010.

Police launched a probe on the basis of a complaint lodged by the deceased’s mother and found evidence linking the death to Saluja and two others identified as Biren Singh and Raju.

Fearing arrest, the hotelier went into hiding and filed a petition in Calcutta High Court on August 18 for anticipatory bail. The plea was rejected by the court on September 13. The other two men wanted in the case are still eluding the police.

Cops gheraoed

Jalpaiguri: Residents of Ratherhat near Mainaguri confined four policemen to their vehicle for about seven hours on Friday morning, alleging that the men in uniform had failed to catch a group of people suspected to be thieves.

On Thursday night, a pick-up van carrying some youths was spotted in the area. Suspecting that they were readying to burgle houses, the local people informed the police. Although the police reached the spot, they could not catch the youths who sped away in the van.

Angry residents started gheraoing the policemen around 2.30am and released them after senior officials reached the spot.

Bomb injury

Islampur: Two persons were injured when a crude bombs they were making exploded at Kamargach on Friday. Md Hogla was arrested from the spot, while Md Sarfu, managed to escape. Hogla is under treatment at the subdivisional hospital here. Police have seized the material used to make the explosives.

NBU protest

Siliguri: The SFI has threatened to launch an agitation if NBU does not revoke its decision to reduce the admission capacity of students to 2,000 in the PG courses under its distance education programme this year. The CPM’s students’ wing also asked the varsity to withdraw the cut-off marks of 45 per cent to obtain admission forms for the two-year degree course.

Northeast Briefs

Militant killed

Nagaon, Sept. 24: A suspected KLNLF cadre was killed in an encounter during a search operation by Santipur police at Bokajan in Karbi Anglong today.

Injured

Jorhat: Three persons were injured and three houses damaged in a clash between Assam Tea Tribes Students’ Association office-bearers and youths belonging to the same community at Seleng tea estate on Friday.

Jawan killed

Guwahati: Pranjal Kumar Nath, 25. an army naik, was crushed to death under the wheels of a bus in the Bamunimaidam area on Friday morning. He was posted at Narengi Military Station.

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