Archive for May, 2008

Mob lynches election officer – Calcutta Telegraph

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

A 47-year-old man who was lynched by a mob early yesterday morning has been identified as Jagadish Basfore, a polling offi-cer who was apparently on his way to the town after election duty on Sunday.

Basfore was beaten to death on the suspicion that he was a child-lifter.

Residents of Pansila village, 8km from here, had allegedly found him in a drunken state, dragging away a reluctant 12-year-old boy.

The boy, who is in hospital and in a state of trauma — a result probably of watching the assault so closely, doctors said — has been unable to give his family’s whereabouts.

Basfore’s brother Paran identified the body at the Raiganj District Hospital this morning. Basfore was a resident of Kaliaganj, 22km from here, where he worked as a Group D employee in the rural hospital.

North Dinajpur police chief Swapan Banerjee Purnapatra said six persons have been arrested. “Investigations have revealed that he (Basfore) was drunk and had a child with him,” the officer said. “It is a mystery why he landed up in the village when he was supposed to report to the district headquarters.”

Basfore was on polling duty at the Deenanagore Adivasi Free Primary School.

Swapan Kumar Pal, the superintendent of the hospital where the boy has been admitted, said: “He is on sedatives. The trauma is probably because he saw the mob frenzy from such close quarters.”


Cong bags 24 ZP seats in N Dinajpur – The Statesman

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

The Congress has salvaged its fortunes in North Dinajpur district by taking control of the district Zilla Parishad board. While the Congress bagged 15 ZP seats, the CPI-M won in 8 and the Forward Bloc one to complete the tally of 24 ZP seats in the district.
While the Congress emerged strong at Chopra, Raiganj and Hemtabad blocks winning all seven seats in offer, the CPI-M made its presence felt in the Islampur and Karandighi blocks.
Both the outgoing sabhadhipati and saha sabhadhipati of the CPI-M led North Dinajpur Zilla Parishad Mrs Jyotsnarani Singh and Mr Ashok Singh respectively were defeated by Congress candidates.
Mrs Singh held the disunity in the Left Front responsible for her defeat. “We had no adjustment either with the Forward Bloc or West Bengal Socialist Party in the places where we lost,” she said.
On the other hand, the president of North Dinajpur Congress Committee Mr Mohit Sengupta said: “The Congress could have won the North Dinajpur Zilla Parishad board in the last elections too but the CPI-M leadership had unleashed terror a week ago killing Congress supporters and destroying numerous dwellings. But this year the reacted against the CPI-M torture and the result is for all to see.”


Raiganj violence leaves 20 injured – The Statesman

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

At least 20 persons were injured when both CPI-M and Congress activists pelted stones at each other in a polling station at Bishar village under Raiganj police station areas of North Dinajpur district last night.Five Congress activists and three CPI(M) members who received major injuries are undergoing treatment in Raiganj district hospital. Around 12 from both parties whose injuries were not serious are being treated in the village.
It was learnt that at night yesterday there had been a long queue of voters in this polling centre. Suddenly an altercation started between the activists of two parties and the altercation turned into a clash immediately. Both parties pelted stones at each other and used lethal weapons. A good number of voters who were waiting to cast their votes fled. The polling officers were compelled to suspend casting of votes for a certain period following the clash.
The president of North Dinajpur Congress committee Mr Mohit Sengupta said at night the CPI-M was trying to introduce their voters in the polling centres for casting votes. As the time was over Congress members protested their activities. Then they attacked our members in which our 12 activists were injured. Five of them are undergoing treatment in Raiganj district hospital.
On the other hand one of the members of the CPI-M district committee Mr Dilipnarayan Ghosh denied this charge and said that in this booth the Congress was introducing voters at night. When CPI-M activists protested they started pelting stones in which our eight members were injured.
The North Dinajpur superintendent of police, Mr SB Purnapatra, said a move had been initiated to arrest those who started the clash. The District Magistrate of North Dinajpur, Mr Sukumar Bhattacharjee, said: “In this booth reportedly a good number of voters could not cast their votes. So repolling will be hled tomorrow’’.

FB supporters block NH-31 – The Statesman

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Forward Bloc supporters held up traffic movement on NH 31 at Kanki and gheraoed the Kanki police station for hours today protesting against the arrest of a Chakulia zilla parishad party candidate Mr Prabhu Das. The police arrested Mr Das last night in connection with a life attempt on a Congress supporter Nasim Akhtar.
Mr Akhtar was stabbed at Suiwa village in Chakulia last night and currently under treatment at the Islampur hospital After the incident, the Congress lodged a complaint with Chakulia police station in which alleging that FB supporters under the leadership of Mr Prabhu Das had committed the crime.
Probing the incident, the police found a knife in Mr Prabhu Das’s vehicle. Pres-sed by the Congress MLA from Goalpokhar Mrs Dipa Dasmunshi, the police finally arrested Mr Das last night. The FB threatened to launch a movement if Mr Das is not released immediately.” The SDPO Islam-pur said an FIR was lodged and the matter would be investigated.


West Bengal Higher Secondary (WB HS) Result 2008

Monday, May 19th, 2008

The results of Higher Secondary examinations will be declared on 20 May. Candidates will be able to collect their marksheet from their schools from 10 a.m. Student can also see there results at these website. (more…)

Mamata warns against CPM-terror in third phase – The Statesman

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

Miss Mamata Banerjee today cautioned the administration and the people stating that the CPI-M had stockpiled arms in Murshidabad and several places of north Bengal to unleash terror on the third phase of the rural polls on 18 May.
“In addition to Murshidabad district, the CPI-M is planning to disrupt poll process through violence at Chopra in North Dinajpur and in different places of Cooch Behar district,” Miss Banerjee said at Raiganj today.
The Trinumul leader, who also addressed three election meetings at Trimohini, Pransagar and Thengapara in South Dinajpur district, urged the people to vote for the RSP in areas where Trinamul candidates were not contesting.
According to Miss Bane-rjee, the CPI-M’s violence could be stopped had the UPA government reacted to it. “The CPI-M tortured the minority community, tribals and women for power. The Centre was supposed to take note of it but did not,” Miss Banerjee, said.
She also said that the state government had no right to use police force and state machinery for the party’s benefit. But the Centre is quiet as because the Congress led UPA government has good relation with the CPI-M..

Passengers left in lurch by NF Railway decision – The Statesman

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Passengers on the route between Radhikapur, a station near Indo-Bangla border under Kaliyaganj police station of North Dinajpur, and Katihar in Bihar are faced with aserious problem after NF Railway’s decision to suspend few trains on this route for a fortnight from 18 May due to some work on the tracks in Katihar. The difficulties will be intensified as North Dinajpur administration has already seized almost all the passenger vehicles plying on different routes for polls to be held on 18 May in North Dinajpur district.
After hearing this problem Mr Parimal Roy, a businessman in Kaliyaganj said: “Two trains are moving between Radhikapur and Katihar for years. We depend on these trains whenever there is some problem with other modes of transport. All public transport is already off the road due to polls and termination of the train services has left us in lurch. Moreover, the withdrawl of trains will also cause inconvenience to patients who go to Raiganj from remote areas in our district.”
One of the members of Zonal Railway Users Consultative committee of NF Railway Mr Tapan Chaudhury said: “Reportedly NF Railway authorities will take a fortnight to complete their work on the tracks in Katihar. In the meantime the train service could be continued between Barsoi-Radhikapur without withdrawing train services. We will request the NF Railway officials to take measures so that service between Barsoi and Radhikapur remain unaffected.
The senior Station Manager of Raiganj Railway station Mr Manajitmoy Dutta said: “The train services will be wihtdrawn due to inter-linking of track in Katihar. The number of trains, which will stop plying, will be published in our notice board tomorrow.


ICSE and ISC examinations Results 2008

Friday, May 16th, 2008

The results for the ICSE and ISC examinations would be declared on 20 May at 3 p.m.
The results would be available at


Student-teacher relationship under scanner in Raiganj – The Statesman

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Tension prevails at Bindol village in Raiganj after a para teacher Ms Pampa Roy of Bindol High Madrasa School allegedly eloped with a class IX girl from the minority community of the same school yesterday.
Locals traced both teacher and the girl to the house of one Mr Sunil Ghosh at Bindol this morning. The girl’s guardians and the locals have levelled charges of lesbianism against the teacher.
According to the student’s parents, she went missing yesterday. “Our daughter did not return from school yesterday. Worried, we informed the Bindol gram panchayat pradhan, Mr Debendranath Roy of her disappearance,” said the girl’s father Muhammad Mahiuddin, a resident of Pariharpur village. According to him, locals who had been looking for the missing girl later found out that the teacher was missing too. “The search continued throughout the night and they were traced about a kilometre away from the teacher’s residence, to one Mr Sunil Ghosh’s house at Bindol,” the girl’s father alleged.
Mr Mahiuddin alleged that the para teacher concerned had been sexually harassing his daughter for some time. “The matter has been reported to the pradhan of Bindol gram panchayat with a demand for punishment,” he said. The gram panchayat pradhan Mr Debendranath Roy confirmed that the supposed victim’s father had brought charges of sexual harassment against the para teacher.
The accused teacher Miss Pampa Roy denied the allegation against her and said: “There is no truth in the allegation. I have a friendly relation with the girl and so we decided to spend the night together. The victim neither confirmed nor rejected the sexual harassment charges against her teacher. Her answers to questions on the issue have so far been vague.
Although the girl’s parents have not lodged a police complaint, people are curious to know why the accused teacher took the girl to a house about a kilometre away from her residence after school without intimating her pa-rents.
The house owner Mr Sunil Ghosh was not available for comments but his wife said that their daughter was a student of the school where the teacher is employed and so they knew the teacher. “The teacher and the girl came to our house last evening and expressed their desire to put up for the night. We know nothing beyond that,” Mrs Ghosh, said.

CPM activist set ablaze – The Statesman

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Tension prevails in Lakshania village under Raiganj police station of North Dinajpur after a group of assailants, allegedly Congress activists, set ablaze a CPI-M activist last night.
It was learnt that Mr Binon Barman, a CPI-M activist was returning home from an election campaign organised for his brother Rajesh Barman, a CPI-M gram panchayat candidate from Moroltula village, when he was intercepted by a group of men near his house. The assailants poured petrol on his body and set him on fire.
Mr Barman managed to reach his home in that condition but fell down at the gate. His relatives and neighbours rushed to his rescue and brought him to Raiganj district hospital. He was referred to SSKM hospital in Kolkata this morning. Mr Barman is battling for his life.
Mr Dilip Narayan Ghosh, a member of CPI-M district committee said: “Binon was returning home last night from an election campaign organised for his brother when a group of men intercepted him and asked him to stop campaigning fopr the polls. They set him ablaze when he denied to agree to what they said. If police fails to arrest the criminals shortly we will launch movement against them.
On the otherhand the president of North Dinajpur district Congress committee, Mr Mohit Sengupta denied this charge and said that the Congress had no connection with this attack.
North Dinajpur police superintendent Mr SB Purnapatra said: “In order to prevent any untoward incident police patrolling has been intesified in the village.We have initiated an inquiry into the matter to trace whether any political party was involved in the attack.