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Duo held for driver assault

Balurghat, Sept. 15: Two persons were arrested for beating up the driver and cleaner of an oil tanker and pouring boiling water on them at Patiram tonight.

Latif Sheikh, who owns a roadside tea stall, had his motorcycle parked in front of the eatery. When the Malda-bound tanker passed through the area, the motorcycle fell to the ground. Latif and his friend Aimuddin then allegedly stopped the vehicle and beat up the driver and the cleaner who are from Uttar Pradesh. Local residents protested against the “inhuman” behaviour of the tea stall owner and his accomplice and handed them over to police.

The driver and the cleaner have been admitted to the district hospital, the police said.


Thief caught

Siliguri: Sushan Rai, a resident of Darjeeling, was arrested from a hotel here on Monday night for possessing a stolen gold ring and three cellphones. Rai has confessed that he had stolen these items from a house in the hill town on Sunday. He was caught during a raid on the hotel.


China tour

Siliguri: An 18-member CII team from its North Bengal Zonal Council left for China on a seven-day tour on Monday. Led by council chairman G.S. Hora, the team will interact with Chinese companies and government officials to explore business opportunities in tea, education, real estate and health sectors.


Cattle clash

Islampur: Six persons were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers at Barobilla in Goalpokhar on Sunday evening. Police said the villagers fought when animals belonging to one of them had passed into the paddy field of another. Thirteen people have been arrested and the injured have been hospitalised.


Pistol arrest

Cooch Behar: Two persons were arrested in Morapora on Monday evening for possessing an unlicensed 9mm pistol. Police said Manik Sheikh of Malda and Sahidul alias Manik Haque of Cooch Behar were looking for buyers. Policemen, posing as buyers, caught them.


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