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Boy killed

Behrampore, Sept. 4: The body of a 14-year-old schoolboy was found in Murshidabad’s Jadavnagar today with his eyes gouged out and half his tongue and the tips of his fingers cut off.

Police, who have detained the boy’s mother and three other relatives, said they were probing a possible feud over property. Dilwar Hossain worked as a mason to support his family after his father was detected with tuberculosis five years ago.

Buddha wish

Calcutta: Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said on Wednesday that those living in the slums of Calcutta for 20 years or more should be given ownership rights and offered BPL cards. He also threatened that the Left would hit the streets if the state government planned to evict slum dwellers.

Rape term

Contai: A 30-year-old farmer was sentenced to 10 years in jail on Wednesday for raping a 21-year-old deaf-and-mute girl in 2005. Police said the accused had promised to marry the girl but did not do so after the victim got pregnant.

Camera catch

Suri: The railway police has installed CCTV cameras at Rampurhat station in Birbhum to detect pickpockets and snatchers, leading to the arrest of eight persons during the pilgrim rush to the Kali temple in Tarapith on Koushiki Amavasya on Wednesday.

Missing girls

Tamluk: A Haldia court on Wednesday handed over two girls, aged 12 and 15 years, to their parents in Nandigram, four months after they disappeared and were traced to a hotel in Mumbai last month. Police said a local youth had lured the two on the pretext of offering them film roles.

Sushanta

Calcutta: Calcutta High Court on Wednesday directed former minister Sushanta Ghosh to appear before it on September 17 in connection with a case of recovery of human skulls in West Midnapore’s Garbeta two years ago.