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Haldia port prod

Haldia, Dec. 9: Junior railways minister Adhir Chowdhury today told around 50 retrenched workers of private port operator Haldia Bulk Terminals that he had spoken to Union shipping minister G.K. Vasan thrice about their plight.

“I demand that the workers be provided other work at the dock,” he said. Adhir urged the workers, who are Congress supporters, to launch a movement against the port authorities.

Maoist arrest

Midnapore: A Maoist armed squad member accused of leading an armed attack on police during the Lalgarh movement in 2009, was arrested from her home in Salboni early on Sunday.

Idol theft

Burdwan: A 200-year-old Radha idol and its gold ornaments were allegedly stolen from a temple in Burdwan’s Gopalpur on Sunday. The priest has been detained.

Land problem

Islampur: Teesta Barrage Project authorities are planning to divert a proposed canal in North Dinajpur’s Islampur after farmers refused to part with land.

Murder cuffs

Raiganj: The son of a CPM councillor accused of operating a firearms racket has been arrested in Raiganj in connection with the murder of two youths last month.

Student dies

Behrampore: Sarita Khatoon, a 19-year-old BSc student, was killed after she allegedly jumped in front of a speeding train near Farakka station on Saturday.

Body in truck

Burdwan: The body of a 30-year-old youth with bullet injuries was found in the cabin of a truck parked beside a Burdwan road on Sunday.