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Wednesday , January 4 , 2012
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52 sick after puja food

Gangtok, Jan. 3: Fifty two residents of Kabi-Tingda in North Sikkim were hospitalised yesterday because of suspected poisoning from food that they had taken after a puja.

While four persons are under treatment at the Central Referral Hospital here, the rest have been admitted to STNM hospital. Dilip Kumar Rai, 25, who is under treatment, said the villagers had food at a puja during the last rights of a resident of Lingdok on January 1. Later some people complained of fever and stomach pain and they were hospitalised. The condition of Santi Rai, 43, is said to be serious. The others are stable, doctors said.


Cooch Behar: The Citu-backed contractual workers’ union of the NBSTC demonstrated here on Tuesday to protest the corporation’s decision to retrench 86 casual staff from Raiganj depot. The leaders said there were 1,300 contractual employees who earn a monthly salary of Rs 3,449 and have been working for the past 20-25 years. In another incident, retired staff of the NBSTC under the banner of Citu demonstrated at the old bus stand here on Tuesday demanding the payment of pension that had been due for the past three months.

Gamblers held

Malda: Fifteen persons were arrested from gambling dens at Kaliachak and Harishchandrapur on Monday night and Rs 12,565 was seized from them. The arrested persons were produced in a court here on Tuesday and were remanded in jail custody for 14 days.

Elephant raid

Jaigaon: Two huts were damaged when a tusker raided Daragaon village near here on Tuesday morning. Foresters said the elephant had strayed out of the nearby Torsha forest. The animal returned to the forest later in the day.

Auto strike

Siliguri: More than 200 autorickshaws that ply on different routes from North Bengal Medical College and Hospital campus stayed off the roads on Tuesday as the drivers protested the alleged extortion by local goons.