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Seven shops gutted

Cooch Behar, Oct. 8: Seven shops were gutted in a fire that broke out at Old Transport Chowpathi in the heart of the town tonight.

There are no casualties. The fire brigade could not ascertain the cause of the blaze which first broke out in a clothes shop around 10pm. Two engines have brought the flames under control.

As police cordoned off the area, a municipality bulldozer razed the gutted shops to ground to prevent the fire from spreading further. The extent of loss is yet to be ascertained.


Three arrested

Siliguri: Three persons were arrested and a police picket was posted at Kadamtala in Matigara on Wednesday following a clash between two groups of villagers the previous night. Five shops were ransacked on Tuesday.


Robber held

Balurghat: A person, who had allegedly robbed Rs 3.5 lakh from a trader on September 5 here, was arrested on Wednesday. Sujan Sarkar was picked up from the district hospital premises when he had gone there to see his wife and new born.


15 injured

Jaigaon: Fifteen passengers of a Birpara bound maxi-taxi were injured after the vehicle turn on its side near Old Hasimara forest check post on Wednesday. The injured have been admitted to the air force hospital.


Gangrape

Balurghat: A mentally retarded woman was gangraped here on Tuesday night after she took shelter on the verandah of a school building here. Police recovered her from Beltala Park and admitted her to hospital. No one has been arrested.


Asok stand

Urban development minister Asok Bhattacharya on Wednesday said the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha should not “test the state government’s patience”. Morcha president Bimal Gurung said on Tuesday that all government offices in the hills should carry “Gorkhaland” instead of “West Bengal” on the signboards from October 17.


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