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Circuit bench

Calcutta, Nov. 27: A full bench meeting of Calcutta High Court judges today turned down a proposal by the government to start the functioning of the court’s north Bengal circuit bench by taking up cases from Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar.

“The government had sent a similar proposal to Justice Kalyanjyoti Sengupta when he was the acting chief justice a month ago. Instead of placing the proposal before the full bench, he had asked the state to send it first to the Union law ministry for its approval,” said a source. The judges said today that the proposal could be discussed only after the Centre gave its nod.

Drug assault

Burdwan: Over 500 Kalna residents on Tuesday allegedly assaulted a trader, his wife and son, accusing them of supplying drugs to schoolchildren and youths.

Tehatta cash

Tehatta: Trinamul leader Mukul Roy on Tuesday visited the house of Ashok Sharma, who was killed allegedly in the Tehatta police firing, and handed over a government order promising a Rs 2-lakh compensation to Sharma’s widow.

Visa ‘fraud’

Burdwan: Twenty-one Burdwan youths have accused a Calcutta-based travel agency of swindling them out of Rs 4.5 lakh by giving them false passports and visas. The youths, who were supposed to go to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait for jobs, allegedly abducted an employee of Prime Travels, kept him locked up for two days and handed him over to Burdwan police on Tuesday

Jumbo plan

Alipurduar: Forest minister Hiten Barman has said the government would issue an order to compensate tea garden workers whose houses or crops are damaged by elephants.