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Bangla kids flee shelter

Balurghat, June 13: Two Bangladeshi children who had been staying at a government-run home since their arrest after infiltrating into India fled the facility last night.

Sources in Subhayan, a home run by the social welfare department, said the 15-year-olds had been staying there since June 4. Last night after dinner the boys wanted to have water from a tube well inside the campus. “As there is no drinking water facility in the rooms, I allowed them to go out to fetch water,” said Nibaran Barman, a guard at the shelter. But when the boys did not return after some time, Barman went to look for them. “I saw a broken branch near the boundary wall and I understood that the boys had jumped over to the other side,” he said. The boys are residents of Rangpur in Bangladesh and were arrested from the New Market area in Balurghat on June 3 for entering the country without valid documents.


Car fall death

Gangtok: A woman was killed and 10 others were injured when a jeep fell into a 70-feet deep ditch along Sakyong Road near Geyzing in West Sikkim on Wednesday. The vehicle was travelling from Lumgchom to Geyzing. The deceased is Lachimaya Chettri, 25.


Two mauled

Alipurduar: Two workers of Phaskhawa Tea Estate were injured when a leopard attacked them on Wednesday morning. Jahil Singh was on his way to work around 7.15am when the leopard pounced on him. Three hours later, the animal attacked Hiramoni Tirki when she was plucking tea leaves. Both Singh and Tirki have been admitted to the Alipurduar subdivisional hospital. The labourers said they wouldn’t work till the animal was captured.


Tank order

Alipurduar: The Jalpaiguri forest division has ordered the management of Makrapara Tea Estate to dismantle a water reservoir in the garden where an elephant and its calf had fallen on Tuesday. A forest officer said the department would dismantle the tank if the garden authorities failed to do so in the next few days.