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5 killed, 2 hurt in landslips

Gangtok, Aug 25: Five persons were killed and two were injured in two landslides in West Sikkim this morning.

Three members of a family died when a house at Malbasey near Soreng was hit by a landslide. The deceased have been identified as Nirmaya Chauhan, 38, and her daughters, Anju, 14, and seven-year-old Manju. Pratap, Nirmaya’s husband, has been admitted to the district hospital at Namchi with injuries. District collector Santa Pradhan said heavy rainfall had triggered the mudslide.

In another incident, two masons were killed and another was injured when a wall of an under-construction building collapsed after it was struck by a landslide at Hee Gaon around 9.30am. Both Santabir Maji, 55, and Sarkey Maji, 40, were from the Dooars. The injured person has been admitted to the district hospital at Geyzing.


Boy drowns

Jaigaon: Vivek Agarwal, a Class IX student, drowned in the Mujnai river at Birpara on Thursday. Vivek and his friend Jafar Khan had gone to the river around 3.30pm. While Jafar sat on the bank, Vivek went to the river to take a bath. Jafar raised the alarm when he saw Vivek drowning. Hearing the cries for help, local people arrived at the spot. They rescued the 15-year-old and took him to the Birpara State General Hospital. The doctor’s at the facility pronounced him dead.


Prisoner dead

Siliguri: An undertrial, who was brought to the Siliguri court lock up on Thursday, died before he could be produced for a hearing. Narayan Sarkar, 42, of Pati Colony, started feeling unwell soon after he reached the court around 11am. He was taken to the Siliguri District Hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead.


Python found

Jaigaon: A python was recovered from the Bamandanga-Tondu Tea Estate in the Dooars on Thursday. The 16-feet-long snake was released in Chapramari wildlife sanctuary. Plucking stopped at the garden for over an hour after the python was spotted.

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