Train dacoits arrested
Islampur, Aug. 14: Seven persons have been arrested for last week’s dacoity on Darjeeling Mail.
Five of the accused — two from Harishchandrapur in Malda and three from Bihar’s Kishanganj — were picked up last night. When a joint team of North Dinajpur police and GRP went to arrest the two from Dalkola today, the residents tried to stop them. The police resorted to a lathicharge and arrested them after the intervention of the local councillor. All seven have been remanded in 14 days of jail custody.
Alipurduar: A meeting called to reopen Alipurduar College, which has been shut for a week, failed on Monday. Acting principal Subroto Panchanan said another meeting among the students, members of the college governing body and administrative officials would be held on Thursday. The college was shut on August 7 after Chhatra Parishad supporters allegedly assaulted two SFI members, a teacher and a non-teaching employee.
Kurseong: Life remained normal in the hill town on Tuesday, the second day of the 48-hour bandh called by the ABGL. The strike was called to protest against the alleged reluctance of Kurseong civic chairman P.C. Agarwal to execute the will of his son Sami. The junior Agarwal died in March 2000 after reportedly bequeathing all his property to the underprivileged.
Siliguri: A new outlet of Ananda Publishers, a publishing house of ABP Pvt. Ltd, will open here on Wednesday. Writer Asru Kumar Sikdar will inaugurate the outlet at Hakimpara.
Siliguri: Police raided a godown in the 3rd Mile area of the town on Tuesday and seized 4,500 litre of fake pesticides having a face value of Rs 25 lakh. Babulal Dasani, a resident of Sevoke Road, was arrested. He had taken the godown on rent and was running the illegal business.
Islampur: The body of Sahibani Oraon, 20, a resident of Dandibhitta in Chopra, was found near a bridge on Tuesday. She was missing since Saturday.