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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Police register cases under non bailable sections against villagers for thrashing IC

Malda, 25 February, 2015: Police registered cases under non-bailable sections of the IPC against 45 persons including seven women in connection with assaulting the inspector in charge of Harischandrapur police station Babin Mukherjee yesterday. Meanwhile Bottoli and Konar villages of Bhingol gram panchayat are hardly left with any male resident who fled apprehending police raids.

It may be mentioned after death of a businessman in a road accident the residents of Bottoli and Konar villages blocked NH-81 yesterday alleging police inaction in curbing regular accidents at the locality. Mr Mukherjee with a large contingent of police went to the spot to lift the blockade. Soon an altercation followed between the IC and the obstinate villagers refusing to lift the blockade.

Mr Mukherjee was allegedly thrashed then by the villagers who counter alleged that the IC misbehaved with them and threatened with dire consequences. Later, sub divisional police officer (SDPO) Mr Kaustuvdipta Acharya rushed to the spot with RAF and additional police forces and rescued Mr Mukherjee.

SP Prasun Banerjee said today that cases under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 353 (hindering government work), 143 (unlawful gathering), 186 (provocation to organize crime), 332 and 333 (piling illegal arms and attack with sharp weapons) of the IPC were registered against 45 persons including seven women for roughing up the IC and blocking the National Highway.
Harischandrapur IC Babin Mukherjee after being thrashed by villagers on Tuesday (Photo VOM)

Mr Mukherjee today said, “I was narrowly saved yesterday. The attackers hit me with a knife too. They tried to kill me. I only asked them to lift the blockade and promised them that action would be taken against the lorry driver who was held by the villagers after the accidental death of the trader.”

He added that punches were showered upon him incessantly. “I identified some of the attackers including few women,” he claimed.

Meanwhile, police personnel of Harischandrapur police station on condition of anonymity said that it was difficult for them to face an infuriated mob generally as there were only 15 police personnel including the IC, three sub inspectors, two assistant sub inspectors and three constables. However, there are 477 villages under this police station adjacent to Bihar.

SP However refused to comment on police strength in interest of security. But he assured that offenders would be arrested soon.

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