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Best from Bengal: Government stands firm beside Tapas Pal; encephalitis death count rises to 128

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 - 2:18pm IST | Place: Kolkata | Agency: dna webdesk

Top stories from West Bengal reported by 24 Ghanta, the Bengali news channel by Zee.

1. Tapas Pal supported by the West Bengal government, yet again: The state government of West Bengal is standing firm beside the Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal. After the Kolkata High Court asked for a CBI enquiry into the alleged remarks of Tapas Pal's remark on killing and raping women who belonged to the opposition party, the government is now appealing to the division bench. The government and the party's stance is clear in the case. Pal was let of by the party without any punishment or enquiry into the video tape that showed him giving a public speech asking his party members to rape women who would belong to the opposition camp, after he wrote an apology letter.  

2. Encephalitis kills two more in North Bengal, death count at 128: Encephalitis which has been plaguing North Bengal for several months now, claimed two more lives including a 13 year old girl. Out of the 128 people, 88 cases belong to the North Bengal Medical College. Mamata Banerjee had suspended three health officials claiming they had not informed the state in proper time for it to take action.

3. Doctor accused of raping nurse for eight years in Midnapore: In Midnapore, a doctor who also owns a nursing home, has been accused of raping a nurse for eight years now. The name of the accused is Debal Ranja Dutta. The nurse began working in the nursing home in 2006. A year later, her brother fell sick, when the owner allegedly called her to a hotel room promising to provide money and raped her. This was filmed by him, which the channel reports, was used later to blackmail her.

4. Is Trinamool Congress responsible for death of police official? : The party in power in Bengal could be held responsible for the death of a police official in Birbhum. The subinspector Amit Chakraborty had been injured while trying to stop a political fight, after which he had passed into coma. A bomb had been hurled at him. He passed away on Monday. The primary accused Sheikh Alim is reportedly a TMC worker, and according to police records, he has disappeared.

5. How Kolkata is celebrating Eid: Red Road in Kolkata is decked up preparing for Namaz and celebrations through the day of Eid. Prayer has been organised there and the chief minister Mamata Banerjee would be present there. 

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