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Housing programme for homeless tea workers under ‘Chaa Sundari Scheme 2020’


Alipurduar, 2 Nov: Alipurduar District Magistrate Surendra Kumar Meena inspected the land at various Tea Gardens in Madarihat Birpara block for the Chai Sundari housing Scheme for homeless workers in tea garden. After an on-site inspection, DM Surendra Kumar Meena said that Lankapara, Dhekalapara and Mujnai tea garden were visited on Sunday. Lankapara tg has been closed since five and a half years and Dhekalapara tg has been closed since the past 18 years.

On the same day, BDO Madarihat Sharon Tamang also inspected the area with the district magistrate. BDO Sharon Tamang said homeless tea garden workers will get houses directly under the Chai Sundari Housing Scheme.

In the last state budget, the state government announced the Chai Sundari Scheme to build houses for homeless tea workers. After Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced the Chai sundari scheme at Uttarkanya, the Alipurduar district administration has started compiling a list of tea garden workers.

According to Madarihat Birpara block administration sources, 1679 workers in Lankapara TG, 829 workers in Mujnai TG and 600 workers in Dhekalapara TG will get houses under the Chai Sundari Housing Scheme.

In addition, houses of many tea workers in tea garden areas under Madarihat-Birpara block have been destroyed in constant wild elephant attacks. For years, wild elephants have attacked, killed and left the workers homeless in tea garden but the victims are yet to be compensated. Mass unemployment caused by closed tea garden and constant elephant attacks together have lead most of the tea workers to spend their nights under tents.

The tea garden trade union said, “the Chai Sundari Awas Yojana will alleviate the plight of those workers.”
Mannalal Jain, vice-president of the Trinamool Congress Tea Garden workers’ union, said Mamata Banerjee’s plan would be a milestone in tea garden’s history. So far, only tea workers have had politics. No one thinks about them.

However, Madarihat BJP MLA Manoj Tigga said there was nothing new in it. The state government is running a housing scheme called Chai Sundari with the funds from the Prime Minister’s Housing Scheme. He added that CM Mamata Banerjee have always renamed the projects of the central government after the state government. He alleged that the funds for the Chai Sundari Project was in fact money given by the central government.

Huge amount of money confiscated in Kolkata by STF


Kolkata: Acting on the basis of secret information, a team comprising of Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police and some officers of Park Street Police Station jointly raided the house of a man named Mohammad Imran, a resident of Elliott Road in Park Street Police Station area on Monday, October 19.

The search of the house turned up about 1 crore 62 lakh Indian rupees. The search team also recovered some gold jewelery, two laptops, and two smartphones apart from the money.

Although Imran was not at home at the time, his family members could not give a definite answer as to where the huge amount of money and other valuables came from. Money and other things have been confiscated. A case has been filed at Park Street Police Station and the search for the missing accused is on. An investigation is underway.

Elderly man killed in road accident after being hit by army truck in Siliguri


Siliguri: A 67-year-old man was killed after being hit by an army truck while crossing the road. The accident occurred on Tuesday morning in Gurung busty area in Siliguri. The deceased has been identified as Bhagat Shankar Prasad (67), a resident of Ramganj Hatkhola in North Dinajpur district.

According to the local sources, the man was hit by an army truck while he was crossing the road at the Gurung Basti more on Hillcart Road in Siliguri on Tuesday morning. Locals complained that despite of having repeated accidents at the Gurung busty more area, there have been no policemen at the traffic points. Due to which road accidents have increased in the area.

After the incident, the agitated crowd vandalized the army vehicle and blocked the road creating huge traffic jam on Hillcart Road. Upon receiving the news of the accident, a large police force of Pradhannagar police station reached the spot brought the situation under control. However, when the mob tried to thrash the driver of the vehicle, the police rescued him and took him away.

On the other hand, after the accident, the locals took Bhagat Shankar Prasad to Siliguri District Hospital where the doctors declared him dead. Recently, Uttam Sengupta, a teacher by profession and a resident of Deshbandhupara, died in a road accident at the same place. The locals claimed that if the policemen are not deployed at these traffic points, many more people may lose their life in accidents in future.

Dead body of a youth found in Hasimara


Hasimara, October 20: A dead body of a youth was recovered from Old Hasimara in Alipurduar district.

The incident created sensation among the local after the dead body was recovered from under a culvert in Hasimara-Kalchini road near Satali Basti area. The deceased has not been identified yet.

It is being speculated by the police that the person may have died after falling from the calvert in a drunken state. Although this is the subject of investigation, the actual cause of death may only be known after the post-mortem report comes.

Man killed in a wild elephant attack in Alipurduar


Alipurduar : Incident of death in wild elephants attack has increased in Dooars. Last Saturday, one person died in a wild elephant attack. The death of a man in a wild elephant attack has caused a stir in Mendabari. The area comes under Mendabari Gram Panchayat in Kalchini block in Alipurduar district of West Bengal.

According to police and local sources, Sujan Karji, a resident of Mandalpara village in Satali, went to a family function at Uttar Mendabari forest on Friday night. He left at night but did not return home. The villagers informed the police and forest department on Saturday morning when they saw his body lying on the side of the village road.

Police from Nimti outpost under Kalchini police station and forest workers from Mendabari bit under Chilapata range of Jaldapara wildlife department reached the spot. Police recovered the body of the deceased. According to the police, deceased Sujan may had fell in front of the wild elephant in the dark of night. The police believed that the old man died on the spot.

Krishna Basumata, a resident of the village and Alipurduar district general secretary of the Trinamool Kisan Cell, said, “We are demanding the forest department to provide fencing at the forest boundary adjacent to the village.” With fencing, wild elephants will not be able to enter the village easily. I will also demand government compensation money for the family of the deceased and a job as a home guard for a member of the family of the deceased.

Kalchini Police Station OC Anirban Majumder said the body was recovered and sent to Alipurduar District Hospital for autopsy. Police have launched an investigation into the incident by filing a case of unnatural death. Taraknath Roy, bit officer of the forest department’s Mendabari bit, said efforts were being made to pay compensation to the family of the deceased as soon as possible.

Two lakh rupees worth of teak timber seized in Birpara


Alipurduar: The forest department foiled an attempt to smuggle timber in Birpara area under Alipurduar district. On Thursday night, Dalgaon Range officials of the Jalpaiguri Division Forest Department raided and seized two vehicles with 60 CFTs teak wood. Two deputy rangers, Pritam Roy and Prakash Thapa, led two separate operations on that day.

Tata ace mini truck with 25 CFTs of illegal teak wood, seized at Asian Highway 48 near Himalaya Hotel Birpara

Dorji Sherpa, ranger DFR, said, “Illegal timber worth about two lakh rupees (₹2,00,00/-) has been seized in the two separate operations. Two vehicles were also seized. None had a number plate. However, it was not possible to catch those involved in the smuggling.”

Maruti van with 35 CFTs of illegal teak timbers, seized at Pagli River, near Budhbaray bazar, Dalmore Tea Garden

According to Dalgaon Range sources, a mini freight vehicle (Tata ace) without number plate was heading towards Madarihat on Asian Highway No. 48 at 8.30 pm that night. The vehicle was stopped near Himalaya Hotel. A search was conducted and about 25 CFTs of teak wood was recovered from the vehicle.

Meanwhile, another vehicle (Maruti Van) without a number plate was seized at Pagli River, near Budhbaray bazar, Dalmore Tea Garden at around 9pm on the same day. The vehicle was found loaded with five illegal teak logs which was about 35 CFTs of timber.

32 injured in dumper-bus collision in Dhupguri


Dhupguri: At least 32 people were injured in a head-on collision between a dumper and a bus on the national highway 27. Seven of the injured have been shifted to Jalpaiguri Super Specialty Hospital in critical condition. The incident took place on National Highway No. 27 in Dhupguri Lalskul area under Jalpaiguri district on Thursday evening.

According to the sources, more than 50 passangers were boarding the private bus named ‘Amarnath’ that was coming from Siliguri and destined towards Jaigaon. Allegedly, the dumper collided head to head with the bus while overtaking a car. The impact of the collision was so strong that the bus with the passengers, overturned and fell on the side of the road.

Locals and Dhupguri police, traffic guards and Dhupguri fire brigade reached the spot immediately and rescued the injured and took them to nearby Dhupguri hospital. Doctors at Dhupguri hospital later referred the seven of the injured to Jalpaiguri Super Specialty Hospital. Police seized both bus and dumper. There was widespread tension at the scene centering the accident.

Body of a 55-year-old man recovered in Dhupguri


Dhupguri, 12th Oct: Dead body of a 55-year-old mam was recovered from the Kalua river in Budha bazar area under Sakoajhora 1 GP under Dhupguri Block. This incident has created a sensation in the area. The deceased has been identified as Sadananda Roy (55 yrs), a resident of the Sakoajhora.

According to the information, few locals while bathing in the Kalua river sighted the dead body. The incident was then reported to the local police station. On receiving the information, the police reached spot immediately and recovered the body. The body was sent for autopsy and an investigation has been launched into the incident.

8 kilos of illegal gold bars worth 4.5 crores seized from Nagrakata, 3 arrested


Jalpaiguri: Acting on the basis of secret information, Nagrakata police on Saturday night intercepted an SUV heading towards Siliguri from Assam and seized 8.3 kgs illegal gold biscuits.

The estimated market value of the seized gold is approx. four and a half crores (4.5 crore).

Three gold smugglers namely Santosh Gajape of Mumbai, Krishna Majumdar and Mantosh Biswas of Assam, have been arrested in this connection.

Dhendup Sherpa, the additional superintendent of police (rural) of Jalpaiguri said in a press conference on Sunday, “Nagrakata police station OC Sanju Burman got the information of the illegal gold being smuggled by road from Assam via Dooars to Siliguri.

Officer Burman with his men immediately carried out naka checking at Batabadi more NH31 located near Nagarakata. On Saturday night, they stopped an SUV which was coming from Assam. On searching tge vehicle, the police team found the concealed gold bars and detained 3 smugglers with 50 gold biscuits.”

“We have sent them to the court on Sunday. We will file a petition to seek 14-days police remand. They need to be interrogated on their links whether they are only carriers or members of a gold smuggling racket” said D. Sherpa.

This is one of the biggest success of Nagarakata police. Earlier, illegal cannabis and liquor has been seized twice. After this great success, a press conference was held in the Mall Mahukama Police Officer’s office on Sunday morning. During the press conference, Additional SP, Malbazar Mahukma Police Officer Devashish Chakraborty, Nagarkata Police Station Incharge Sanju Varman and others were present.

33 kgs Gold biscuits worth 17 Crores seized at Siliguri, 4 arrested


Siliguri: Officials of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) Siliguri foiled the plan of smugglers and makes biggest seizures of Gold ever. The DRI Siliguri seized 33 kilograms of illegal gold biscuits from Siliguri on Friday. The seized gold has estimated market value of over 17 crores. Four persons have been arrested by DRI for their involvement in the smuggling.

Seized gold by DRI Siliguri

Acting on a intelligence inputs, the DRI officials intercepted a truck at Siliguri. Four peoples belonging from Rajasthan were in the truck. On intense interrogation, they finally confessed of smuggling illegal gold of foreign origin and carrying in their luggage.

Subsequently, 202 pieces of gold biscuits which were kept inside the luggage of the smugglers were recovered. They collectively weighed 33.532 kg and valued at ₹17.51 Crores. The freight truck with vehicle registration number RJ37 GA2373 was also seized. The gold was smuggled from Myanmar into India through border in Manipur via Siliguri and was to be delivered in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan.

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