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Malda huts razed

Malda, April 5: About 200 huts were razed to the ground in a fire at Rajnagar in Malda this afternoon.

The pradhan of Binnagar panchayat, Sukurdi Sheikh, said the fire had started in the hut of Chhedu Mondol and soon spread to other dwellings. He added that a strong breeze blowing in the area and haystacks kept outside the dwellings helped the flames spread fast. Four fire engines, two each from Malda and the NTPC plant at Farakka, doused the blaze. As there was no water sources in the village to refill the fire tankers, the local people broke the pipes supplying arsenic-free water to douse the flames.


Mishaps

Siliguri/Islampur: Two persons have died in road accidents in Siliguri and Islampur. An unidentified woman, aged around 30, was crushed under the wheels of an unknown vehicle on NH31 at Durganagar in Islampur on Monday morning. Subhas Roy, who suffered injuries when the motorbike he was riding rammed into an autorickshaw at Ghorarmore on the outskirts of Siliguri on Sunday, died at the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital on Monday.


Fake notes

Malda: The Englishbazar police seized fake currencies with a face value of Rs 4 lakh and arrested Manjur Ali and his son on Monday. The inspector-in-charge of Englishbazar police station, Bipul Majumdar, said the duo, hailing from Shersahi village in Kaliachak, were to have taken the fake notes to south India.


Father held

Siliguri: Naxalbari police arrested Pramod Mohanta on Monday for allegedly murdering his daughter. According to the police, Pramod’s neighbours saw 11-year-old Sipra up in flames inside their house on Sunday. The girl was taken to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital where she died the same day. Sipra’s mother Dipti filed a complaint against Pramod, accusing him of murdering the girl.


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