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Acquittal for Malda 2

Calcutta, Feb. 21: A division bench of Chief Justice J.N Patel and Justice A.K Roy today set aside the order of a Malda fast track court that had awarded death sentences to Jahangir Alam and Anarul Haque on the charges of raping and murdering a 12- year-old girl four years ago.

“Neither there are evidences of rape... against the accused persons,” the division bench said and acquitted the duo from all the charges. On July 9, 2006, Krishnapada Roy, a trader of Bamongola, had lodged a missing person’s dairy with the local police station saying his daughter, who had gone for private tuition, had not returned. The next day, when the police recovered the girl’s body from a jute field , Krishnapada lodged another dairy alleging that Alam and Haque had raped and murdered his daughter.


School meet

Siliguri: Members of Sahodaya, an association of 12 CBSE-affiliated schools in and around Siliguri, held their first meeting here on Monday. The association aims to work towards solving issues related to CBSE schools and organise competitions, seminars and workshops, the members said.


Bus robbery

Islampur: Bablu Ghosh, a cloth merchant from Islampur, was drugged and robbed by an unidentified gang while he was returning home on a bus from Calcutta on Monday. Ghosh was found unconscious by fellow passengers at the Islampur terminus. He was taken to Islampur subdivisional hospital and later referred to the medical college in Siliguri. Police said Ghosh has been robbed of Rs 50,000.


Tea deaths

Jaigaon: Two persons were killed in separate incidents in Jaigaon in the past 24 hours. Police said Bikash Santal of Torsa Tea Estate was beaten to death by his brother Anil at his home on Sunday. Since then Anil is missing. In Gopimohan Tea Estate, Rumali Singh died after she was hit on the head with bricks by some youths. Rumali is from a nomadic tribe that had come from Uttar Pradesh and had been camping in the garden.


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