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‘Pay’ order to board

Calcutta, March. 18: The high court today came down heavily on the state electricity board for “ harassing” small farmers.

Justice Pratap Kumar Roy also accused it of violating Electricity Regulatory Commission norms. Roy was disposing of a petition by a marginal farmer, Uttam Maity, who had taken a temporary connection for 105 days to run a shallow pump and was charged over Rs 15,000, without a meter being installed. The court asked the board to refund the excess money Maity was forced to pay along with an 18 per cent interest.

Love murder

Bongaon: Spurned by Latika, a 27-year-old widow, panchayat employee Biswanath Majhi stabbed her to death and tried to commit suicide on Wednesday evening. Police said, three years ago, Biswanath and Latika were employees of the Duma panchayat office at Gaighata in North 24-Parganas. They were transferred after their alleged affair came to their boss’s notice. Last week, he formally proposed to her.

Coal thieves

Durgapur: Fifty-year-old Chhabi Bauri was killed and three others seriously hurt when an Eastern Coalfields security guard shot at alleged coal smugglers at Bonjemmari open cast mine near here. A mob raided guard Joginder Singh’s quarters later and ransacked it when they did not find him. His wife Seema said the attackers, residents of nearby villages, threatened her. The Burdwan police chief said he has received complaints from ECL and the villagers.

Family feud

Krishnagar: Ajit Mondal, a former CPM member, was arrested for allegedly beating his wife, a member of the party’s women’s wing, at Majdia, 110 km from Calcutta. Kanak, a schoolteacher, said he was having an affair and she protested.

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