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Leopard beaten to death

Cooch Behar, Feb. 23: An adult male leopard was beaten to death by the residents of a Mekhliganj village this morning after the animal entered a small tea garden and injured seven persons.

Forest department officers who went to the spot around noon were attacked by the villagers because of their alleged late arrival. Four foresters, including the additional divisional forest officer of Cooch Behar, Subodh Barui, were injured. Conservator of forests, wildlife, Manindra Biswas, said: “We have recovered the carcass and sent it for a post-mortem to Jaldapara.” It is suspected that the leopard had strayed out of the Jaldapara forest, 100km away.


Bison attack

Alipurduar: Three persons were injured when a bison that had strayed out of the Chilapata forest went on the rampage in the nearby Tapshikhata village on Thursday morning. Kaushalya Das has been admitted to the subdivisional hospital here with injuries, while Arjun Das, 14, and Rainur Ali, 18, were released after first aid. Foresters said the animal was later tranquillised and released in the wild.


Kids rescued

Darjeeling: Four children working in tea stalls at Beechgali Line and Chowk Bazar here were rescued by the district labour officials on Wednesday evening. The officials said three children had been trafficked from Bihar, while the other one was brought from Siliguri. Two shop owners have been showcaused for hiring the minors.


Burglary

Siliguri: An eight-member gang broke into a house at Jyotinagar near Bhaktinagar on Wednesday night and took away cash and gold worth around Rs 2 lakh. Police said the robbers held house owner Suraj Chhetri and his mother at gunpoint and took away the valuables.


Conference

Siliguri: A conference on “How can engineering education better respond to the needs of Indian and global enterprises?” will be held at the Surendra Institute of Engineering and Management (SIEM) here on Friday. The seminar is part of the SIEM Technothon-I.