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7missing after car crash

Gangtok, June 14: Seven persons were reported missing after an SUV skid off the road and plunged into the Teesta near Mamkhola in Kalimpong last night. Another occupant of the car, Kiran Subba, 35, escaped with critical injuries and was taken to Siliguri for treatment.

The accident occurred at a spot between Rangpoo and Melli along NH31A around 11pm. Police said the missing persons were Amardeep Subba, 23, Sajal Subba, 17, Umesh Subba, 25, Bikash Subba, Mohan Subba, Subash Subba, 18, and Durga Mani Pradhan, 30. Durga was driving the Tata Sumo. The passengers were from the same family. “They are all are residents of Upper Kitam in South Sikkim and were on the way to Gangtok to collect the body of a relative,” said inspector Bijay Subba.


‘Killer’ mom

Islampur: A 10-month-old girl died after she was allegedly thrown to the ground by her mother in a fit of rage on Thursday. Ruksana Khatun was arrested from Lahutara on the basis of a complaint filed by her husband Md Quaiyum. Police said the couple had a spat after Quaiyum asked Ruksana not to go to her father’s house. “In a fit of rage, Ruksana threw the child to the ground and she died on the spot,” said a police officer. The woman has denied the charge.


Baby charge

Cooch Behar: The father of a seven-month pregnant woman has lodged a police complaint against a gynaecologist at the Dinhata subdivisional hospital for declaring the unborn child dead and administering an abortion-inducing drug without conducting tests. Later, the baby was born alive. Sanat Mahanta said gynaecologist Saranya Ghosh Chowdhury told his daughter that the foetus she was carrying was dead. She also administered abortion-inducing tablets twice. But later the woman gave birth to a boy. The child has been referred to MJN Hospital.


Timber haul

Siliguri: Illegal timber worth Rs 1 lakh was seized from a car near Matigara on Thursday. Prafulla Burman and Jayanta Sarkar, both from Shivmandir, were arrested by officers of Sarugara range for smuggling timber.