Panchayat member shot dead by dacoits in Malda

Malda (WB): A gram panchayat member was shot dead while trying to resist a dacoit gang at his residence at Kachubari in Malda district last midnight as a mob later blocked the National Highway in protest against the incident.

Police said the 12-member armed gang raided the house of Khirod Chowdhury and took away all valuables at gun-point.

Before escaping they shot at Choudhury from point blank range as the local panchayat member, who also ran a business, tried to resist.

Local people today blocked the NH 34 in protest against the incident seriously affecting vehicular movement.