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Jharkhand at a Glance

Bokaro school head gives in

Bokaro: Principal Sahjananad Choubey, of the Sarvodaya High School Pindrajora (Bokaro), surrendered before the court of the chief judicial magistrate (Bokaro) Brahmanand Gupta on Tuesday.

Later, Choubey was sent to Chas jail after the magistrate rejected his bail plea. Choubey had an arrest warrant issued in his name.

The warrant was lodged by the police in-charge of Pindrajora police station Mohammad Alimuddin.

Choubey was wanted in a case of fraud. He and a clerk from the school, Dular Toppo, were charged of embezzling several lakh of rupees from the school fund.

The principal had extracted even more from 400 private students who paid astronomical sums to appear from the school, which helped students pass their board examination.

Meanwhile, the other associate of the principal, Dular Toppo, is still wanted by the police. He went missing from July4, 2005.

'Toppo will also be arrested or attachment of property order will be taken from the court, forcing him to surrender soon,' police officials said.

Docs' wages withheld

Dhalbhumgarh: Salaries of four government doctors posted at Dhalbhumgarh primary health centre have been withheld with immediate effect, following their failure to reply to a showcause notice served by East Singhbhum civil surgeon Shiv Shankar Birua.

The doctors, who were appointed on a contract basis, include A.K. Pal, Sanjit Kumar, Surendra Kumar and Heera Anupama Soren. According to the civil surgeon, the doctors were found absent from their duties during a surprise inspection conducted by the district officials. The officials also found anomalies in the duty register at the primary health centres.

Scooter accident

Gamharia: A woman was killed and a man injured when the motorcycle on which they were travelling on was hit by a speeding truck on the Tata-Kandra road Monday night. Following the incident, agitated residents blocked the road for almost an hour. According to police, the driver and the cleaner of the truck were caught and beaten up by the crowd before the police reached the spot. An FIR has been lodged in this connection with the Adityapur police station.

Railway theft

Giridih: On Tuesday morning, around 62 pendal clips went missing between Giridih-Maheshmunda stations. The morning train had crossed the area when the trackman found the clips missing. An FIR was lodged against unknown persons at the GRP station. So far, the local railway staff have not been able to provide any clue to the case. 'We had no information regarding the missing clips as two or three trains passed through the stretch safely,' said Aftab Alam, the assistant station manager, six hours after the incident. Last week on Wednesday, three fishplates went missing from the Giridih-Madhupur track.

Protest march

Giridih: Central government's 'pro-American' policies and police atrocities were singled out in a protest march here on Tuesday by the Inquilabi Naujawan Sabha. Processionists were equally vocal against the UPA and the NDA, accusing the former of selling the country's interests to multinationals; and the latter for protecting and promoting police officers like P.S. Natarajan and Pervez Hayat. National vice- president Raj Kumar Yadav addressed the processionists and urged them to track down the killers of the popular legislator, Mahendra Singh, who was gunned down in the district just before the last Assembly election.

Adivasi meet

Hazaribagh: A large number of Adivasi people participated in the International Adivasi Mahotsav at St. Robert's School auditorium, on Tuesday. Chief guest, professor P.N. Horro, urged members gathered to work towards saving the indigenous culture of the Adivasis. Father Bikram Tirkey spoke at length regarding the commercial sexual exploitation of tribal women and girls, lured to metros. A memorandum was also formulated that would later be sent to the President and the state government.


A tree plantation drive was organised at the two Jusco English Medium Schools in Bistupur and Kadma. The chief guest, U.K. Srivastava, planted a sapling to inaugurate the drive. The school students participated in several programmes.

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