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Smugglers critically hurt BSF officer

Agencies

Agartala, October 16, 2017: A senior Border Security Force (BSF) sustained severe injuries after a group of cattle smugglers attacked him in Tripura earlier today. The large group of smugglers is believed to have assaulted a BSF deputy commandant Deepak Mondal of the 145th battalion.

Mandal was targeted after he intercepted a large group of smugglers carrying cows illegally into Bangladesh. The BSF officer's condition in critical and he has been airlifted to Kolkata for medical attention.

Mondal, who was also the officiating in-charge of the 145 battalion deplpyed in Tripura, was travelling between different border outposts of the BSF to check the preparedness and the night domination drill when the incident took place. It was around 2 am when he saw at least 25 cattle smugglers and intervened.

Mondal, his guard and the driver were waiting for reinforcement, the smugglers gheraoed them and beat them up. The 25-member gang was armed with sticks, bricks and machetes. The constable had to fire a few rounds in the air to disperse the mob.

The mob rammed their jeep into the BSF officer, which is why he sustained severe head and leg injuries.

GMP pushes for more police action

Correspondent

Agartala, October 15, 2017: Gana Mukti Parishad (GMP), tribal front of ruling CPI(M) in Tripura, has pushed police to act touch against perpetrators of targeted attacks. GMP leaders met DGP on Sunday and demanded arrest of IPFT supporters allegedly involved in spate of attacks on its supports on September 19 and 20.

“We have submitted a strong demand to arrest those involved in attacks and ensure their punishment as per law”, GMP President Jitendra Choudhury told newsmen after returning from police headquarters. He visibly expressed dissatisfaction on inadequate action in connection with violence ran for two days that left a journalist killed, driver of a vehicle kidnapped and over hundred injured.

Flanked by Radha Charan Debbarma, Chief Executive Member of the Tripura tribal autonomous district council, Choudhury alleged IPFT aligned with BJP to destabilise the left front government. He appealed people of the state to remain alert to defeat ‘ill design of IPFT – BJP duo’. 

‘Rajdhani’ from Agartala ready

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Agartala, October 14, 2017: Tripura long standing demand to connect New Delhi with Rajdhani express is set to be fulfilled in a few days from now.

Preparations are underway for inauguration of the service in an impressive function at the Agartala Railway station.

A brand new Rajdhani Express train with 19 coaches, two power compartments and a pantry car reached the station before dawn on Saturday.

An official of the Northeastern Frontier Railway (NFR) said the inauguration would take place on October 19. The journey period is 37 hours from Agartala to New Delhi via approximately 12 stations. 

Congress to organise march across Tripura

Correspondent

Agartala, October 12, 2017: Despite dismal organisation shape after exodus of most of party rank and file Congress will launch Padayatra in all 60 assembly constituencies in Tripura from October 26. Party has adopted a set of decisions in a meeting chaired by AICC observer Bhupen Bora here on Thursday.

State Congress President Birajit Sinha said the march is to focus gimmick and falsehood in ‘Achhe Din’ slogan of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ‘Swarna Jug’ of Manik Sarkar. He said party has endeavoured to revive organisation ahead of elections due in February 2018. 

Several hurt in BJP – CPI(M) clash

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Agartala, October 11, 2017: Several injured in a clash between supporters of BJP and CPI(M) at Mirza in Gomati district on Wednesday. Security forces were deployed in strength in the area though police claimed situation was under control.  

Tension triggered clash occurred during hearing of revision of electoral rolls at Mirza Tehsil office. The injured persons included a local leader of DYFI, CPI(M) youth front. 

2 dozen IPFT supporters hurt in road mishap

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Agartala, October 8, 2017: Two dozens of IPFT supporters were wounded, some of them critically, when a truck carrying them faced an accident at Santirbazar in south Tripura. 

They were returning after attending a party programme in Natunbazar area.

Critically wounded patients shifted to GBP Hospital in Agartala while rest are admitted in government hospital at Santirbazar.

BSF seizes huge Ganja, cattle and saree

PR

Agartala, October 7, 2017: Acting on specific intelligence inputs provided by BSF intelligence branch Gokulnagar troops of BSF seized huge quantity of Ganja, Garments (Sarees), and Cattles in Sector Gokulnagar, having market value Rs11 lac while being smuggled to Bangladesh.

On specific information of BSF intelligence Branch, troops of BOP Kalamchera 74 Bn and police party of PS Kalamchera carried out joint ops in the general area of village Kalamchera under Kalamchera police station in Sepahijala district. During search BSF seized 144 Kgs dry Ganja (Cannabis) kept for smuggling to Bangladesh is hidden in an abandoned house.

Market value of seized Ganja is about Rs. 7, 20,000. .

In an another operation, on 6th October 2017, troops of BOP Boxanagar, 74 Bn BSF seized 130 nos of Sarees while smugglers were trying to smuggle these garments (sarees) from India to Bangladesh, having market value Rs 2,60, 000.

On specific information of BSF intelligence, troops of BOP Boxanagar, Ex-74 Bn BSF seized 15 cattle heads having market value Rs 1,06,750 from Boxanagar kept in jungle area for smuggling to Bangladesh by using wooden plank. 

NBSE cautions against online games

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Kohima, October 6, 2017: The Nagaland Board of School Education in a notification has informed for the information of Heads of Registered Institutions that very disturbing news is in the media about children falling prey to certain online games. The Board thereby has appealed to teachers, parents and elders to watch out for abnormal behaviour of children which could be attributed to playing certain games like the "Blue Whale Challenge" game.

There have been instances of young children committing suicide across the country, apparently after having played this game. There have been successful interventions by parents, teachers and friends in preventing some children from taking the extreme step of committing suicide, the release stated.

The dynamics of evils lurking in the virtual world can never be underestimated. Children's usage of internet should be monitored so that they do not succumb to cyber-bullying, online predators, identity theft, viruses & malware and other activities damaging the reputation of one.

The controllers of destructive online activities exploit children's gullibility and inquisitiveness. Parents, teachers and children should therefore be sensitized on the abuse of modern technology which could make youngsters draw psychological sustenance from such addictions.

The Government of India has taken measures to ban the "Blue Whale Challenge" game. However, all heads of registered institutions are informed to keep a close watch for abnormal and erratic behaviour of children and seek immediate intervention for behavioral or mental problems.

Report of such incidences in the school can be made known to the parents and also report such incidence on Childline at telephone number 1098 and get necessary assistance.

NBSE has requested all heads of institutions to share this information with the teachers and parents so that they can all work together to curb this menace.

Internet services restored in Tripura

Correspondent

Agartala, October 5, 2017: Internet and cellular services which were suspended second time in a month on Wednesday after fresh violence rocked Khumulwng, headquarters of TTAADC, restored on Thursday evening. The measure preceded arrest of Balendra Debbarma one of accused persons wanted in connection with disappearance of driver of a private vehicle which was attacked on September 20 the day young television journalist Santanu Bhowmik was murdered at Mandwai, 24km east of here. 

Though whereabouts of Jiban Debnath was yet not known, police believed he was killed on the same day and his body was dumped in forests. Soon after arrest, a large crowd mostly women, gathered outside local Radhapur police station and started agitation to press demand for release of Balendra Debbarma.

Within an hour the protestors went on rampage forcing troops to lob tear gas shells, resort to baton charge and blank fire. Some protestors were injured.

After protestors dispersed Balendra was shifted to another police station to contain situation. He was sent to police remand for five days for questioning after produced in a court.

Fearing escalation of violence, state government suspended internet and cellular services from 6.20pm on Wednesday for 24 hours. Situation in Khumulwng is under control, police said. 

Nearly 70% long distance train restored

PR

Maligaon, October 5, 2017: Out of 71 pairs of long distance trains, running of which had to be suspended during second week of August owing to heavy flood damage of railway tracks; 48 pairs have already been restored. Remaining services are also going to be restored in a planned way. So the news coming out in a section of media about 80% train remaining cancelled in not based on facts.

After the damage at multiple locations caused by unprecedented floods, railway officials worked 24x7 to restore the breached rail communication in various sections spreading a vast area. And as a result of their effort the direct train services from Northeast to rest of India could be started again with introduction of Goods train since August 29 and Passenger carrying trains from September 3.

Thereafter, with gradual improvement of situation, trains are being restored step by step. A detail list of trains already restored and another list of trains yet to be restored are attached for ready reference. NF Railway is trying its best to restore services of all the cancelled trains as early as possible.

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