Kolkata, Apr 14 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

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CAL 7 WB-FIRING-LD MAMATA Will initiate probe into Cooch Behar killings to track, punish culprits: Mamata Mathabhanga: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday met family members of those killed in CISF firing during the fourth phase of assembly elections, assuring them of a probe that will track down and bring the culprits to book.

CAL 1 JH-VIRUS-RECORD Record 29 single-day deaths push Jharkhand's COVID-19 toll to 1,261 Ranchi: Jharkhand reported a record 29 COVID-19 deaths in a single day, pushing the toll to 1,261, while the tally climbed to 1,44,594 with 2,844 fresh cases, a health department official said on Wednesday.

CAL 6 POL-DARJEELING HILLS-PROFILE Gorkhaland demand takes back seat as GJM factions fight for political supremacy Darjeeling: With the two factions of the GJM one led by Bimal Gurung and the other by his former deputy Binay Tamang fighting for supremacy in the Darjeeling Hills, the imbroglio over Gorkhaland has taken a back seat this election, as key stakeholders pitch for development amid the COVID-19 crisis.

CAL 11 WB-POLL-MAMATA-RALLY BJP brought outsiders in Bengal for poll campaign, contributed to COVID surge: Mamata Jalpaiguri: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday alleged that the BJP has contributed to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the state by bringing 'outsiders in large numbers' for campaigning during the ongoing assembly elections.

CAL 15 WB-MAMATA-BJP BJP will not get even 70 seats in West Bengal: Mamata Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said the BJP will not be able to win even 70 seats in the ongoing state assembly elections which many expect to be a cliff-hanger.

CAL 16 WB-POLL-RAHUL GANDHI BJP trying to destroy Bengal and its culture: Rahul Gandhi Goalpokhor: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Wednesday termed BJP claims to build 'Sonar Bangla' (golden Bengal) as a 'mirage' and said the saffron party has nothing to offer except for hatred, violence and dividing people on the basis of language, religion, caste and creed.

CAL 17 TR-POLL-VIOLENCE Tripura CM directs police to contain post-poll violence in tribal council areas Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Wednesday directed the police to contain post-poll violence in the tribal council areas of the state. PTI RG RG