Firework blast kills four


Dhaniakhali (Hooghly), Sept. 27: Four people were killed and two others suffered burns in an explosion at a firework factory in a Hooghly village this morning. The single-storey building has been razed to the ground.

The dead, identified as Meera Das, 60, her daughter Kabita, 35, Sumi Mandi, 25, and Shankar Murmu, 23, were workers at the 20-year-old factory in Dhaniakhali’s Mirjanagar village. The injured have been admitted to Chinsurah Imambara Hospital. Dilip Mondal, 55, the owner of the factory, has fled with his wife and son.

Laundry fire

Siliguri: A roadside laundry shop was gutted in a fire at Sevoke Road on Monday evening. One fire engine from Siliguri fire station doused the flames. Nobody was injured.

Maoist poster

Islampur: Four posters purportedly written by Maoists were found at Daspara market near Chopra on Monday afternoon. The posters were written in Bengali in red and had slogans against the Congress and the CPM. Chopra police seized the posters and started a probe to find out who had pasted them.


Islampur: People of Islampur organised a blockade on NH31 in the Old Bus Stand area on Monday to protest traffic congestion in the town. The hour-long blockade was lifted around 11am after the intervention of Islampur police.


Jaigaon: Workers of Bharnobari Tea Estate in Jalpaiguri district confined the garden manager to his office for seven hours on Monday, demanding 20 per cent puja bonus. The labourers said the management had reduced the rate of bonus to 8.33 per cent. The agitation that started at 10am was withdrawn after Sukra Munda, the chairman of the Progressive Tea Workers’ Union, told the management to convene a meeting at the assistant labour commissioner’s office in Alipurduar on September 29 to sort out the issue.

Northeast Briefs

New hospital

Dhubri, Sept. 27: A 100-bed civil hospital in Kajalgaon will be inaugurated by health minister Himanta Sarma tomorrow.

Girl drowns

Dhubri: The body of Mohir Uddin’s four-year-old daughter from Boyser-Alga village under Bilasipara subdivision was fished out on Monday.

Credit camp

Jorhat: Chairman and managing director of United Bank of India, Bhaskar Sen, distributed Rs 22.15-crore loan to 1,631 beneficiaries on Monday.

Ulfa held

Jorhat: Purnima Konwar, 25, an Ulfa cadre, was arrested from Bilotiagoria chapori on Monday.

Rural courts

Jorhat: Assam law minister Pranab Gogoi at a function organised by Jorhat Bar Association on Monday said rur-al courts would be set up for speedy disposal of cases.


Jorhat: The NCP launched its campaign for value-based politics at Mukti Jujaru Bhawan here on Monday. rrested Jorhat: Four AJYCP activists were arrested on Monday for picketing at Neemati ghat. PF entrant Kokrajhar: Over 1,500 AGP supporters led by former MLA, Bonendra Mushahary, joined the BPF at a programme in Kokrajhar District Sports Association here on Monday.


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