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1 killed in forest firing

Jalpaiguri, April 29: One person was killed and another injured when forest guards opened fire at alleged timber smugglers at Khuttimari in Jalpaiguri division last night.

Kalyan Das, the divisional forest officer of Jalpaiguri, said the on duty guards had seen 30-35 people sawing off trees in the forest. When the foresters challenged the suspected smugglers, they charged at the guards with sharp weapons. The gang also pelted the foresters with stones. The foresters fired a couple of rounds in the air and the gang fled. Later, the body of Anil Kharia, 30, a resident of Haldibari tea estate, was found near the spot. Chuman Baraik, also a resident of Haldibari garden, has been admitted to the Jalpaiguri district hospital with injuries. Foresters said one guard was injured when a stone had hit him.


Road blocked

Malda: CPM supporters blocked NH31 at Mahisbathan for more than two hours on Sunday to protest the arrest of a zonal committee member of the party. CPM’s district committee member Dhaneswar Roy said party leader Nirupam Dutta had been picked up on Saturday in connection with a youth’s murder in 2010. He added that the youth had died in a clash between two neighbours and Dutta was arrested only “to please the Trinamul Congress leadership”.


Road deaths

Islampur: Two persons died and one was injured when two trucks collided at Karandighi on Sunday. The deceased, Murtaz Ali, 41, and Sheikh Rabbi, 19, were residents of Manikchak in Malda. The injured person has been admitted to the Karandighi rural hospital. Both the trucks have been seized.


Power protest

Malda: Residents of Naikanda village near Chanchal allegedly heckled four-five employees of the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited and ransacked a vehicle of the power department on Saturday night to protest irregular supplies. Deepak Mondal, the power department’s divisional manager of Malda, said the staff had gone to Naikanda for maintenance work when they were attacked.