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‘Molest’ axe on teacher

Raiganj, June 3: The district primary school council of North Dinajpur has suspended a teacher for allegedly abusing a number of girl students sexually at his institution.

Atalanta Bhowmick was issued the suspension notice on Saturday. The 45-year-old teacher had been thrashed by a group of women at the school here on May 14 for allegedly molesting their daughters. The chairperson of the district primary school council, Sekhar Roy, said action had been taken against Bhowmick on the basis of an inquiry conducted by a sub-inspector of schools.

The CPM-dominated All-Bengal Primary Teachers’ Association, of which Bhowmick is a member, said Roy was a Trinamul Congress activist and there was “political intention” behind the suspension of the teacher.


Deb chased

Siliguri: North Bengal development minister Gautam Deb’s car was chased by two unidentified men on a motorcycle for around 35km when he was returning to Siliguri on Sunday night after the municipal polls in Dhupguri. Amit Das, the minister's personal assistant, said the car had been followed by the two-wheeler on NH31D from Paharpur More. The bike riders wearing T-shirts later overtook Deb’s car and were later spotted standing beneath a tree at Ambari. Das said police personnel in the minister’s pilot car asked the youths to come to the vehicle, but the duo sped away.


Showcause

Balurghat: The block development officer of Tapan has showcaused the RSP pradhan of Autina gram panchayat for not informing him while floating tenders for development work and not placing drop-boxes to deposit the bids. The pradhan, Suni Kujur, has been asked to reply by Monday. Kujur said the allegations were biased and he would send the reply.


Varsity land

Cooch Behar: A 20-acre plot of the agriculture department here has been chosen to set up a university that was announced by Mamata Banerjee for Cooch Behar district. The district magistrate, Mohan Gandhi, said he had been informed about the selection of the land by the higher education department.