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Monday, February 23, 2015

Cops confined, vehicle ransacked by villagers infuriated with theft spree in Harischandrapur

Malda, 23 February, 2015: Irked with theft spree at Bhingol gram panchayat in Harischandrapur police station approximately 90 km from here the locals confined the cops at the panchayat office and ransacked the police vehicles today around 8.30 am. Sub divisional police officer (SDPO) Kaustavdeep Acharya had to rush to the spot to rescue the police personnel with an effort of four hours.

It has been learnt from local sources that the residents of Bhingol village found this morning that theft attempts were made at the branch of a rural bank and a neighbouring grocery shop. Excitement immediately rocked the locality. As soon as a team of police from Harischandrapur police station led by assistant sub inspector Goutam Mahato reached the spot to take stock of the situation, the enraged villagers stopped them from holding the enquiry.

The ASI and six other police personnel were taken to the panchayat office where they were kept confined. Another section of villagers started showering stones at the police jeep and the windscreen of the vehicle was severely damaged.
Photo: VoM

The locals claimed that similar theft attempt was made at the same bank on 19 December. Though the vault could not be broken, some crucial documents were damaged by the gang of thieves. Valuables were stolen from the house of a businessman Subal Das living at the same locality. Theft occurred at the house of a former elected official of Harischandrapur I panchayat samity Harihar Das at Bhingol village on 9 February. According to the villagers police could not crack any of those cases.

Another two theft attempts at the same village infuriated the villagers further and the police personnel had to face the music today.

Harihar Das said, “Such consecutive theft at the locality indicates gross inaction of police. Locals are reeling under a sense of acute insecurity.”

Biman Basak, former head of Bhingol gram panchayat alleged that police never patrol at the locality which turned the village into paradise for criminals.

In face of the enraged demonstration of the villagers SDPO Mr Acharya assured that police would consider setting a camp at the village. He added that police were probing into the matter. He also slammed the confinement of police personnel and ransacking the police vehicle.

Additional SP Abhishek Modi conceded that police personnel were confined by villagers who ransacked the police vehicle too. However Mr Modi added that decision of lodging a complaint for such action by villagers was under consideration.

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