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Elephants run amok, kill three

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BANKURA/SURI: Three persons, two in Bankura district and one near Suri, were killed by elephants straying into villages on Sunday.

For the past few days, a herd of eight elephants have reportedly strayed into Patrasayar in Bankura and roaming around in the forests of Moirapukur, Dharimpur, Raikha and Muropara. The victims have been identified as Shaymsundar Bari (52) and Asit Bagdi (45). Bari had stepped out of his home at Patrasayar in the morning when an elephant came in his way and trampled him to death. This is the third death owing to elephant attacks in Patrasayar since Thursday, when another person was killed at Champadani.

Patrasayar forest officer Harendranath Bauri said, “We have started a campaign, urging villagers not to disturb the elephants if they stray in their villages.” A similar incident was reported from Bakreswar near Suri where Baburam Baskey (35) was hurled to death by a tusker while he was going to his workplace walking through Asansuli forest.

DFO Ajay Das said, “The man accidentally came in front of the tusker. It pounced on him and dashed him to the ground. The tusker is now in the nearby forest. Our team has gheraoed the forest and is trying to drive the tusker out.”

A few days back, a herd of eight elephants had sneaked into Patrasayar in Bankura. They are roaming around in the forests of Moirapukur, Dharimpur, Raikha and Muropara, often leading to man-animal conflicts

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Source: TOI-Kol


Lone rhino of Mahananda ‘poached’

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KOLKATA: Another rhino was found dead with its horn missing in north Bengal on Sunday. Sources said the carcass was found on the Mahananda-Kurseong border. A forester said that this was the sole rhino of the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary.

Talking to TOI, additional principal chief conservator of forest, R K Mehtolia, said that they suspect it to be a case of poaching. “Since the horn is missing we suspect the animal was poached. This rhino had sneaked into Mahananda from Gorumara in 2010. This was the only rhino found in Mahananda sanctuary. We are taking the help of local cops to solve the case,” he said.

According to him, another rhino that had moved out of Gorumara in the same year is roaming in the forests of Baikunthapur. Interestingly, the incident took place only a day after a ‘save-rhino meet’ was held at Jaldapara. Experts discussed on challenges such as inbreeding among the animals and poaching of the animals.

Earlier in January 2015, carcasses of three rhinos were found in Jaldapara. Though it could not be confirmed whether the animals were poached. In February this year, another rhino carcass was found with its horn missing from the Torsha east camp in Jaldapara.

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Source: TOI-Kol


Punters make a killing in the initial “lead” confusion

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KOLKATA: Shiv Dujari (name changed), a veteran bookie in Posta, brought in an early Diwali on Sunday.

The confusion triggered by initial trends in Bihar elections by several news channels suggesting a lead for BJP led NDA, resulted in a windfall for bookies like Dujari.

Many news channels, in less than an hour after the counting started, started projecting a landslide win for the NDA. This prompted many people to put their money on NDA forming the next government.

But almost two and half hours later the projections turned on their heads with Nitish Kumar led Grand Alliance emerging as a clear winner. Everybody who had placed their bets on NDA lost the money which meant gains for the bookies.

“Apne to ache din aa gaye( good days are here),” said Dujari, 54, punning on prime minister’s electoral promise of ache din to the countrymen.

The nattily dressed Dujari is seated on a thick mattress on the floor of a three room apartment in Posta’s Kali Krishna Tagore Street. He has three cell phones kept infront of him that ring incessantly. The whirring air conditioner is shutting out all the noise and pollution in the congested wholesale hub.

Dujari’s “control room” is replete with a large sofa, a refrigerator, dining table and a large screen television mounted on the wall. Three people, who appear to be in their late 40s, are seated beside Dujari. Two of them have three cell phones each in front of them while the third is busy working on the laptop.

“I have seen and speculated on several elections in the past 32 years but this was unprecedented. For the first two hours nobody had any clue what was happening. Such confusion is good for our business,” said Dujari.

NDA had started as favourites with 160 seats much before the election went underway on October 12 with the rate of Re 1. Which means if NDA pulled through, anybody betting on NDA would receive Re 1 for every Re 1 placed as bet.

By the end of phase 5 of voting, the bookies had toned down their prediction of NDA to 110. But on once the counting started on Sunday morning, there was a surge in people betting on the NDA.

“NDA was not only leading but racing ahead. By 9am some news channels were even predicting they will touch the 150 mark. We were flooded with calls from people interested in placing their bets,” said Nandu Sonkar (name changed), a young bookies in Burrabazar’s Banstalla.

Amit Tiwari who was looking to make a quick buck just before Diwali was a disappointed man on Sunday.

The 34-years-old wholesaler of ladies garments in Burrabazar speculated on an NDA win going by the early projections.

“I had thought that luck would favour me just before Diwali and NDA would form the government in Bihar. But the trends in the morning were so misleading,” said Tiwari.

Senior police officers in Kolkata claimed that they did not have any tip-off about betting taking place in the city.

“If somebody provides us with specific information, we will definitely carry out raids,” said an officer of the anti-rowdy section of Kolkata Police.

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Source: TOI-Kol

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