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Monday , January 30 , 2012
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Fireman killed on duty

Balurghat, Jan. 29: A fire officer was killed last night when he slipped into a canal of the Atreyee while trying to put out a blaze in a shop.

The imitation jewellery shop near the bus stand here caught fire around 9pm. Although two fire tenders from Balurghat arrived, they could not control the blaze and a BSF contingent from Patiram was called. The fire was extinguished after four hours. During the operation Manik Saha, 45, tried to get around to the back of the shop. But he allegedly fell into a canal 10ft below while jostling with a mob that had gathered at the spot. Saha’s family members have blamed an inactive police force for his death. Fire officials said the shop had been set ablaze on purpose and an FIR would be filed against the owner.

District secy

Malda: Ambar Mitra was elected as the Malda district secretary of the CPM on Sunday. Party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Shyamal Chakraborty said Jiban Mitra has been relieved from his duties as district secretary for illness and Ambar has been unanimously elected.

Tea protest

Jaigaon: Leaders of six trade unions that have units in the closed Dalsinghpara tea estate have threatened to block the Hasimara-Jaigaon Saarc Road indefinitely from Tuesday if the garden owner does not attend the tripartite meeting in Siliguri on Monday. The management did not attend the meetings on January 6 and 24. The estate that has 2,200 workers is shut since January 4.

Road death

Alipurduar: One person was killed and three were injured when the pick-up van they were travelling in turned turtle at Tasati tea estate on Sunday. The deceased, Mujibar Rahman, 55, was a resident of Jateswar. The injured were treated at the garden health centre.

Jumbo body

Alipurduar: The body of a newborn elephant was found at Kodalbusty in the Buxa Tiger Reserve on Sunday. The cause of the death is yet to be ascertained.