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Must reads from Bengal: Police refuses to lodge complaint after rape of minor; encephalitis deaths go up to 135

Thursday, 31 July 2014 - 4:14pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

Mamata Banerjee visits Purulia, schools remain shut: More than 3000 police officials have been stationed in Purulia in West Bengal for Mamata Banerjee's visit on Thursday. The policemen have only one place to stay in: the school buildings in the town. So all schools have had an unofficial holiday for Thursday. 

Encephalitis deaths go up to 135: With another death of a man on Wednesday night, the total death count from encephalitis in West Bengal has gone to 135. Five people have died from Tuesday night till Wednesday night. The death count at North Bengal Medical Hospital stands at 94 now. 

Minor raped in North Bengal, police refuse to lodge complaint: A minor girl was allegedly raped on Sunday while she was cooking at her home. The accused Babu Majumdar is reportedly known as a Trinamool Congress worker, for which the Panchayat member Tumpa Saha asked the matter to be resolved internally. Unhappy with the solution, the family of the girl went to the police station where the police reportedly refused to lodge a complaint. The additional police super intervened later and a complaint was lodged and investigation begun.

Division bench criticises single bench verdict on Tapas Pal, says people must not lose faith on authority: The division bench at the Kolkata High Court has criticised the single bench verdict by judge Dipankar Dutta who had asked for a CID investigation into Tapas Pal's remarks on raping women. The division bench started off by watching the CD of the Tapas Pal incident. Later it said that one could not use a heavy weapon to kill a mosquito. It said, the single bench verdict gives a sense that people cannot keep their faith on state authorities which is a wrong message to put across. 

Another jute mill shuts in Bengal, this time in Titagarh: On Wednesday morning around 1500 workers turned up at Kenison jute mill in Titagarh only to see a suspension of work notice at the gate. The jute mill management said low production and workers' dissent were the main reasons to shut it down. But the workers are not ready to accept this logic and protested by blocking BT Road on Wednesday. 

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