Assault over plot of land
Alipurduar, March 16: A group of about 25 people assaulted a grocer today, a day after beating up four members of his family in a dispute over the possession of a plot of land at a village in Madarihat.
Krishna Mohanto, who owns 3.95 acres of land at Purbo Madarihat, has been admitted to Birpara State General Hospital along with his wife Debi. Krishna said in a police complaint — he named 25 people in it — that Subhash Mohanto, Ramkrishna Mohanto and Manoranjan Mohanto were trying to acquire the plot forcibly for the past few years despite a court order in his favour. Around 9.30am yesterday, Subhash along with others allegedly tied Krishna’s wife, his brother, sister-in-law and mother to a tree outside the house and beat them up. Local people informed the police. The gang members assaulted the landowner and ransacked the grocery shop this morning. The police said raids were on to catch the accused persons.
Siliguri: Four shops were gutted in a fire at Panighata More in Naxalbari on Tuesday evening. Three fire engines from Siliguri doused the flames. The cause of the fire and the total loss are yet to be ascertained.
Balurghat: Babulal Debnath, a 47-year-old resident of Bhusla, died when he was knocked down by an unidentified vehicle on SH10 at Malancha on Tuesday. Police said Debnath had been crossing the road when the accident took place. Local people blocked the highway for about an hour, demanding the arrest of the driver, who had managed to escape with the vehicle.
Balurghat: A four-year-old child died when he fell off a bullock cart at Bansuria near Tapan on Tuesday morning. Rahul Sarkar was on his way to a field with his father Hafizul on the bullock cart. He suddenly fell from the cart and the wheels went over him. He was taken to Gangarampur Subdivisional Hospital where he was declared brought-dead.