3 killed in track mishap
Alipurduar, Feb. 1: Three persons, including two women, died when a car parked on an unmanned level crossing was crushed by the Guwahati-bound North East Express at Dev Colony near here this evening.
Driver Sunil Modak, 32, Anita Pal, 47, and another unidentified woman died on the spot when the train dragged the car for around 200 metres. According to witnesses, the car was waiting on the tracks as a seven-year-old boy with the three had gone to relieve himself. Although others waiting near the level crossing shouted out that the train was approaching, the driver could not hear as he was talking on his cellphone. The train was stopped at Dev Colony for two hours after the accident. Traffic on the section was restored around 6. 30pm.
Malda: An injured BSF jawan was found beside the railway tracks near Old Malda station on Tuesday morning. The GRP found Ashok Kumar, 38, with injuries on the head and took him to the district hospital. The inspector in charge of the GRP, Prabir Das, said Kumar’s ID card and a railway ticket were found on him. The jawan of 36 battalion was posted in Nadia and was returning home in Jalpaiguri by the Calcutta-New Jalpaiguri Padatik Express. “We are trying to find out if he had fallen off from the train or he had been thrown off by somebody,” he said.
Balurghat: Sudip Pahan, a 10-year-old student of Class V, committed suicide by consuming pesticide at his house at Antosimul near Tapan on Monday. Balurghat police said he was a student of Tapan Manoholi High School and killed himself after failing in the final examinations.
Jaigaon: An eight-feet-long injured cobra was found at New Kranti on Tuesday. Bikash Sarkar spotted the injured snake and kept it inside a ditch. The foresters are yet to arrive.
Islampur: Four persons were injured in a clash at Digabana village on Monday night over the division of work at the Teesta Barrage Project. The injured have been hospitalised. Three persons have been arrested.