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Pithoragarh, April 11
Residents of the Nepal border town of Jauljibi have threatened to boycott the coming parliamentary elections if the proposed mobile tower will not be installed in their locality soon, sources said.

The residents of this town have started an agitation for the demand since 1910, but have received nothing except assurances. “We have been repeatedly cheated by respective governments of the BJP and the Congress on the matter of installing a mobile tower in our locality before March 2013, but even after the March has passed, the proposed mobile tower has not been installed,” said Leela Bangyal, president of the Mahila Samiti in the town.
Bangyal said the government installed towers at Dharchula and higher valleys of Drama to facilitate residents there after changing the norms that prohibited such acitivity on the China and the Nepal border. “Only residents of the Baram valley are bereft of the communication facility due to apathy on the part of the officers concerned,” he said.
“If the government fails to instal the tower at Jauljibi time, the residents of the Baram valley and Jauljibi town will boycott both parliamentary and panchayat elections,” she said.
Leopard kills woman
Dehradun: A woman was mauled to death by a leopard in the Dwarhat area of Almora district, official sources said on Wednesday. The incident occurred at Mirai village of the district yesterday when 45-year-old Panuli Devi was alone at home, they said.
When her husband returned from duty in the evening, he did not find her. A few hours later, he saw her half-eaten body in a wheat field nearby, the sources said. Her face and neck bore marks of the leopard's paws, they said.


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