Three children drown
Balurghat, July 12: Three children drowned while taking a bath in the Punarbhaba river in Gangarampur this morning.
Ashim Dey, 12, Pratyun Saha, 13, and Ankur Bhowmik, 14, had gone to the river around 11am but none of them knew swimming. Asim was a student of Class VII and Ankur and Pratyun were in Class VIII. Asim a resident of Dalkhola, had come to his uncle’s house at Indranarayanpur Colony on Saturday. His cousin Ankur and his friend Pratyun left home for the river without informing their parents. An eyewitness said the strong current had carried away the children in deep waters as river was in spate because of heavy rain.
Siliguri: The Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad on Tuesday called a 48-hour general strike in the Dooars and Terai on July 16 and 17 to protest the non-inclusion of tribal representatives in the committee that will be formed to look into the territorial demand of the Gorkha Janmuti Morcha. The Morcha wants Gorkha dominated pockets in the Terai and the Dooars to be brought under the jurisdiction of the adminsitrative set up for the hills.
Alipurduar/Jaigaon: A 20-year-old was trampled to death and two huts were damaged in separate elephant raids in Alipurduar and Jaigaon on Monday. Pulit Rai, a resident of Achhapra tea estate in the Dooars, was returning home when the animal that came out of the nearby Bhutri forest attacked him. Pulit died on the spot. In another incident, two elephants damaged two huts on Jiti tea estate in Nagrakata.
Siliguri: A group of 66 tourists from Bhubaneswar in Orissa was stranded at the Bagdogra airport on Tuesday after the flight they had booked for their return trip could not land in the airport because of bad weather. Police said the tourists had arrived in Siliguri on July 9. They visited the hills and were scheduled to return to Orissa on the flight at 4pm on Tuesday. The police said the flight would arrive here on Wednesday and leave at 11am.