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1 hurt in Bhutan blast

Alipurduar/Jaigaon, Oct. 10: An Indian was injured when two blasts ripped the Bhutan border town of Phuentsholing this evening, less than 72 hours before the Bhutan king’s wedding.

The explosions around 6.15pm, hardly 100 metres from the Indian border, have damaged at least three vehicles. Sanjay Sharma, the injured person, has been admitted to the Phuentsholing hospital. According to local sources, the bombs were planted in front of a hotel and at a road junction near the building. The king of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk is scheduled to tie the knot with Jetsun Pema on Thursday. “The first blast was in front of a hotel, around 100 metres from the entry point, inside Phuentsholing. The second bomb went off at a road junction, another 200 metres from the first site and 300 metres from the gate,” said Anup Jaiswal, the additional superintendent of police of Alipurduar. “Security alert has been sounded on both sides. It is evident that those who masterminded the blasts are trying to create tension before the royal wedding.”


Mayor ill

Siliguri: Siliguri mayor Gangotri Datta was admitted to a nursing home here on Monday. Doctors said Datta has high blood pressure and she is currently under observation. Doctors attending to the mayor said her condition was stable.


Border arrests

Malda: Kaliachak police arrested 12 Bangladeshis from Mojampur on Sunday for entering the country illegally. The police said the arrested persons are residents of Bangladesh’s Habiganj district. They had entered India about a month ago and had gone to Nepal in search of jobs. The police picked them up on Sunday while they were trying to cross the border and enter Bangladesh. They were produced in the court on Monday and have been remanded in jail custody for 14 days.


Cop dead

Alipurduar: A constable was killed when a pick-up van knocked him down near Barobisha Chowpathi on Sunday night. Police said Dipak Chandra Das, 42, was on duty and he died on the spot.


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