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Killer cop gets life sentence

Raiganj, May 22: A constable has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering a colleague in the police barracks in April 2000. Public prosecutor Zarifuddin Ahmed said additional district judge Anirban Das today pronounced Goutam Sarkar guilty in the murder of Sitaram Sharma on April 26, 2000.

Sarkar and his friends were creating noise after a drinking session in the residential quarters of the state-armed police. Sharma who was returning home asked them to stop the nuisance, which led to a heated argument between Sarkar and him. Sarkar later came to Sharma’s house and stabbed him and his daughter repeatedly. They were taken to the district hospital where Sharma died. His daughter was, however, released after a few days. Sarkar said that he would move a higher court.


MCI visit

Siliguri: A member from the Medical Council of India visited North Bengal Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday to inspect the examination procedure of post-graduate students in the gynaecology department. NBMCH officials said the inspection was part of the MCI rules which require its representatives to visit a department when the first batch of students appears for exams.


Wall death

Malda: Two persons died when a brick wall collapsed on them during a thundershower at Guljartola village on Tuesday. Police said Sintu Sheikh, 26, and Sulaiman Sheikh, 46, were returning home from the field when the incident occurred. The duo died while being taken to Baishabnagar block health centre.


Blockade

Balurghat: Residents of Patharghata blocked Balurghat-Malda state highway for two hours on Tuesday after Raju Singh, 26, a local resident, was found dead on the railway tracks adjacent to the road. Local people alleged that Raju, who had been missing since Monday night, was murdered. They prevented police from taking away the body for post-mortem. The blockade was lifted at 12.30pm after subdivisional police officer Narayan Majumdar promised that the case would be thoroughly investigated.