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Trinamul leader killed

Malda, May 3: A Trinamul Congress leader was shot and hacked to death in Manikchak today allegedly by a rival faction in the party.

Subhas Mondal, 40, had gone to Chowrasta More at Shahbazpur to take tea when a group of seven-eight people attacked him with choppers. They also shot him in the head with a pipe gun. Shahbazpur gram panchayat pradhan and Congress leader Malik Mian said two local factions of Trinamul had a dispute over the control of the area for quite some time. He alleged that the incident was a fall-out of the rivalry.

District Trinamul Congress president Sabitri Mitra, however, denied that Subhas was a party worker. “The murder was a sequel to a gang rivalry. It has nothing to do with politics. No Trinamul worker was involved in the murder,” she said. District superintendent of police Jayanta Pal said the killers had been identified.


3 thrashed

Malda: Three persons were beaten up by the residents of Bilaidangi near Chanchal on Thursday who branded the trio kidnappers. The car they were travelling in was torched by the villagers. Pintu Ali, Bhimel Ali and Rabi Saha have been admitted to the Chanchal rural hospital with injuries. “The villagers refused to listen to us when we told them that we were not kidnappers. We hail from the nearby Sripur village. We were resting at Bilaidangi on our way back home. They suddenly came and beat us up,” Pintu said.


NBU hearing

Siliguri: The Supreme Court on Friday will hear the North Bengal University’s appeal to uphold the suspension of varsity registrar Dilip Sarkar on Friday. The appeal is against the verdict given by Calcutta high court quashing the registrar’s suspension by former vice-chancellor Arunabha Basumajumdar last year. Sarkar was suspended for allegedly misappropriating funds while he was the controller of examinations during 2000-2007.


Boy dead

Malda: A one-year-old boy died after he accidentally consumed kerosene in his home near Manikchak on Thursday. Manab Mondal was alone in the house when he consumed the fuel.