Girl run over, van set afire
Siliguri, March 21: A four-year-old girl was run over by a pick-up van when she was playing along the road in front of her house at Chayan Para here this evening.
Priti Sahaís death around 8.30pm infuriated the local people who ransacked the vehicle and set it on fire. The flames were doused by a fire engine from Siliguri and the mob was dispersed by Bhaktinagar police. The driver of the pick-up van fled the spot after the accident. The girlís body was sent to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital for post-mortem.
Tea pay hike
Jaigaon: The trade union wings of the Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha will jointly hold demonstrations at the entrances to all tea gardens in the Terai and the Dooars from Thursday demanding revision of salaries of the staff and the sub-staff. The meetings will be held for three days till March 24.
Siliguri: Foresters of Baikunthapur division in association with two wildlife NGOs organised a daylong workshop on conservation of birds at Gajaldoba in Jalpaiguri district on Wednesday. M.C. Biswas, the conservator of forests (north Bengal), said such initiatives would be taken up again to create awareness among villagers and forest protection committees to prevent illegal trapping and killing of birds.
Jaigaon: A tripartite meeting to discuss the reopening of the closed Madhu tea estate will be held in the joint labour commissionerís office in Siliguri on March 28. The garden in Jalpaiguri has been shut since March 3. The estate has 900 workers
Islampur: Jinnur Rahman, 35, a resident of Matikunda near here, was killed when a tractor hit her on Tuesday night. The vehicle has been seized and the driver arrested.