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Tibetan trader sent back

Gangtok, June 6: A woman trader from the Tibetan Autonomous Region was sent back from Sherathang trade mart by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police yesterday after she was spotted taking photographs on her cellphone. Dichen Chomu’s mobile phone was seized.

Police superintendent, East Sikkim, M.S. Tuli, said photography was banned in the area. “The area is under high security and there are army camps here. We are going through the photographs stored in the phone. We will send a report to the ministries of commerce and industries and external affairs. If anything is found amiss, her trade permit could be cancelled and she might be banned from entering India,” Tuli said.


Woman killed

Balurghat: Khajamani Das, 42, a resident of Dourshod near Tapan was beaten to death allegedly by her neighbour and his family members after her goat ate up a gourd vine on their land on Tuesday. Her daughter Mamoni, 13, was also thrashed and she has been admitted to the district hospital here with head injuries. Doctors said her condition was critical. Mamoni’s father has lodged an FIR with Tapan police against Sarkar and three of his family members. Police said the accused were absconding.


School protest

Siliguri: Around 35 students of Gandhi Memorial Nepali High School in Bagdogra demonstrated in front of the office of the district inspector of schools for five hours on Wednesday demanding the introduction of a higher secondary section at the institution. They said students who passed Madhyamik had to apply to other Nepali medium schools in Siliguri for HS and they had limited seats. The demonstration was withdrawn at 3pm after district inspector of schools Sanjit Ghosh said he would take up the matter with the state education department.


Storm fury

Malda: Around 30 huts were damaged and five cattle died after lightning and storm hit Jatradanga, 20km from here, on Tuesday evening.


Robbery

Islampur: A gang robbed Rs 78,000 from a cold storage worker in Islampur on Wednesday. Md Kalam has lodged an FIR.