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Driver & escort dead

Malda, April 20: An ambulance driver and a person escorting a patient died in a road accident at Kaluadighi today when the Malda-bound vehicle collided head on with a truck.

Police have identified the deceased as Utpal Mondal, 37, a resident of Malda, and Malati Mondal, 60, of Gajole. They were on their way to Malda with Malati’s grandson Pintu, who was suffering from high fever, for treatment. Pintu, however, escaped with minor cuts and bruises and is under treatment at the Malda district hospital. The police have arrested the truck driver and seized the vehicles.


Forces shift

Malda: Of the 112 companies of central forces deployed in Malda district for the polls, 109 companies left for Nadia and Birbhum on Wednesday for the second phase of elections to be held on April 23. Malda district magistrate Rajesh Sinha said the rest of the companies would remain in the district to keep a watch on post-poll developments and provide security to the strong rooms till May 13.


Death protest

Siliguri: A section of the residents of Dasharathpally demonstrated at the Bhaktinagar police station on Wednesday evening, demanding “proper” investigation into the death of 17-year-old Pinky Modak who was found dead on her bed on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, after the body was released following a post-mortem, the girl’s father Amal, a vendor of fast food, neighbours and relatives brought it to the Bhaktinagar police station. They alleged that she was murdered but refused to name any suspects. Police had earlier registered a case of unnatural death. The hour-long demonstration was withdrawn around 9pm.


Railway park

Malda: The divisional railway manager of Malda, Mukesh Mathur, inaugurated a “re-developed park” here on Wednesday. It was first set up by former railway minister ABA Ghani Khan Choudhury on August 30, 1983.

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