Police have arrested all 12 persons named by a woman who was tortured last Thursday for allegedly having an extramarital affair.
All have been arrested within 48 hours of the police finding out about the incident. Though the homemaker was stripped and paraded in her village during which people even recorded her videos last Thursday after a salishi sabha was held over her alleged affair, the police found out about it only when those video clips surfaced on social media on Sunday.
Bholanath Pandey, district police chief, said three were arrested on Sunday night and the rest were nabbed in multiple raids that lasted till late on Monday. All have been sent to police custody. “The inspector-in-charge concerned has been asked to expedite submitting the chargesheet. The police will also take certain steps, including social sensitisation, to prevent such incidents,” he said.
Wild elephants entered at least three human habitations of Jalpaiguri from forests on Tuesday. The biggest herd, of 50 elephants, entered a tea estate in Odlabari of Malbazar block, from Bhuttabari forest. Foresters could steer the herd into Apalchand forest.
A herd of five elephants entered the Moulani village of Maynaguri block from Baikunthapur forest. A team of foresters is steering away the herd. In Danguajhar tea estate on the outskirts of Jalpaiguri town, workers have an adult wild female elephant who is possibly from Bodaganj forest. Efforts are on to steer her to the forest.
Additional reporting by our Jalpaiguri correspondent