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Two held for silk heist

Malda, Oct. 29: Police have netted two members of a gang that shot dead two employees of the Central Silk Board office at Amriti while decamping with Rs 4 lakh last evening.

Englishbazar police raided the homes of Ajmal Hussain and Nehboob Sheikh in Alipur village in Kaliachak last night and arrested the duo. The police also recovered Rs 50,000 from them. There were six members in the gang and they had escaped on motorcycles after the crime. The police found the houses of Hussain and Sheikh, after seizing a two-wheeler the gang had abandoned because of a technical snag.


Blockade

Jalpaiguri: Members of the Yuva League blocked NH31D at Gosala More for two hours on Friday to protest the bad condition of the highway. The agitators have said they will organise a transport strike in the district on November 1 to protest the precarious condition of the highway.


Students hurt

Alipurduar: Five students were injured when they were swept off the roof of a private bus they were travelling on by a passing branch of a tree along NH31 near Dimdima on Friday morning. About 10-12 boys were on the roof of the crowded bus plying the Gayerkata-Birpara route, police said. Satish Bara, 12, a Class VII student, has been referred to the district hospital in Jalpaiguri with head injuries. All the boys were students of Fatema High School in Dimdima.


Fake notes

Siliguri: Officials of the directorate of revenue intelligence arrested Barkat Ali, a resident of Kaliachak in Malda, and recovered from him fake Indian notes with a face value of Rs 10 lakh. He was caught in Bagdogra on Friday.


Docs’ threat

Siliguri: Junior doctors at the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital here have threatened to go on an indefinite hunger strike if indoor speciality departments are not made functional by November 18. They demand the opening of cardiology, nephrology and neurology departments and the intensive coronary care, paediatric intensive care and neo-natal intensive care units.

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