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Staff gherao agro VC

Cooch Behar, May 24: The vice-chancellor of the Uttar Banga Krishi Visva Vidyalaya here was kept confined to his chamber for five hours by the technical staff of the varsity's five research centres in north Bengal.

The employees started gheraoing Asit Kumar Das at 5pm to protest the drop in their salaries after they had been made state government staff in 2010. They had been recruited to the Indian Council for Agricultural Research, a central organisation, and were drawing higher salaries before their absorption into the state government. The VC was freed at 10pm after police intervention.


Drunken ride

Siliguri: An ambulance with a drunken man at the wheel scythed through Siliguri on Thursday night, ploughing into a wall near Court More and then hitting a few people and a biker in the Baghajatin Park area. People halted the ambulance at Hati More, ransacked the vehicle and assaulted the driver before handing him over to police. The ambulance was seized by the police.


Quake rage

Siliguri: The house of Siliguri Municipal Corporation’s Ward 34 councillor was vandalised by a section of residents on Thursday evening as they were not given slips to avail themselves of financial assistance for the damage to their dwellings in the September 18 earthquake. The mob also damaged a two-wheeler parked in front of the house ofTrinamul Congress councillor Purabi Sen. She alleged that the attack had been carried out by “CPM-backed criminals”.


Bullet injury

Malda: Tarapada Mondal, the Congress pradhan of Bakhrabad panchayat under Kaliachak block, was shot in his right leg by unidentified men when he was returning home on Wednesday night. Malda police chief Jayanta Pal said an investigation had started.


Robbery

Cooch Behar: Four shops on BS Road here were burgled on Wednesday night. Kotwali police said the robbers had entered the shops by drilling the walls and fled with Rs 1 lakh.