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BSF men beat up student

Balurghat, June 30: Binoy Mondal, a Class VIII student of Ram Nath High School in Hili, was allegedly beaten up by BSF jawans while returning home from a private coaching class yesterday. The border guards had mistaken Mondal for a smuggler.

Headmaster Soumendra Nath Chatterjee lodged a police complaint today after students of the school boycotted classes to protest against the incident. BSF DIG of Malda range P.S. Tomar said action would be taken if any jawan was found guilty.

Prisoner held

Siliguri: Ramashankar Mullik, an undertrial who went missing from a Jalpaiguri court lock-up in April this year, was arrested at Cooliepara here on Sunday.

Farmer loan

Siliguri: The Union Bank of India will finance eligible farmers under the Debt Waiver and Relief for Farmers’ scheme from July. Branches in Siliguri have extended Rs 277 lakh as waiver for small and medium farmers and identified 53 farmers eligible for relief of Rs 14.46 lakh, a press release said.


Calcutta: Forest minister Ananta Roy on Monday said the Bengal government would upgrade Jaldapara wildlife Sanctuary to a national park. The state has sought the Centre’s approval in this regard.

Fuel charge

Gangtok: Defence authorities filed a police complaint on Sunday against a Sikkim transport department driver for siphoning off 2,229 litres of fuel meant for the army outpost at Sibsu near Nathu-la on the India-China border. Nima Wangchuk Bhutia was assigned to deliver 9,000 litres to the outpost. But 2,229 litres of fuel was found missing from the oil tanker that he drove. Although the tanker has been seized, Bhutia was not arrested as he was admitted to hospital.

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