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Loba probe

Calcutta, Nov. 12: CPM leader Surjya Kanta Mishra today urged governor M.K. Narayanan to ensure a “fair and independent” inquiry into the November 6 clash in Birbhum’s Loba village.

The leader of the Opposition said that the government’s claim that Maoists or other political parties were behind the flare-up was bound to “affect the probe” the state is conducting.

Hooch deaths

Chinsurah: Three daily-wage labourers have died in Hooghly’s Pandua after consuming illicit liquor. The owner of the hooch den has been arrested, police said, adding a medical team would visit the town on Tuesday.

‘Killer’ flees

Tamluk: A farmer accused of murdering his wife has escaped from Khejuri police station. Prasanta Patra had allegedly gone to the toilet and gave the cops the slip when the constable outside the bathroom moved away for some time.

Body in sack

Burdwan: The body of a 16-year-old boy was found in a sack beside the railway tracks near Faleya station of Burdwan on Monday. Police said the body was that of a fish trader’s son who had been missing since Sunday.

Kidnap cuffs

Burdwan: Two youths were arrested from an eatery off NH2 in Burdwan’s Galsi on Monday in connection with the kidnapping of a Calcutta fish trader on November 7.

Bank robbery

Tamluk: A gang of four youths took away Rs 2 lakh at gunpoint from a cooperative bank at Mecheda in East Midnapore. While the three managed to flee in the pick-up van they had driven in, one was caught by residents.