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Poll officer dies on duty

Cooch Behar, April 18: A presiding officer died in Jalpaiguri’s Kumargram, a few hours after he complained of nausea and breathlessness. Doctors said he died because of cardiac respiratory failure.

The family of Maneshwar Roy, an inspector at the state food supplies department, blamed the sector office for his death, saying it had not done enough.

The 55-year-old polling officer was posted at Raidak Tea Garden Bengali Primary School in Kumargram constituency this morning when he started vomiting at regular intervals.

At first he was taken to the garden hospital around 11am and shifted to Alipurduar Sub Divisional Hospital four hours later.

Roy’s brother Subhas said the family came to know about his illness from the hospital. “Neither the sector officer or other officials bothered to inform us,” he said.

The family shifted Roy to a nursing home in Cooch Behar in the afternoon but he died at 9.10pm. “We have decided to file a police complaint in Alipurduar against the sector officer and other officials,” Subhas said.

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