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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Robbers' attack kills one, injures five, road-blockade for seven hours

Malda, 1 March, 2015: The robbery scare that the villagers of English Bazaar and Manikchak were reeling under eventually came true violently as a vegetable vendor Ataur Sabji, 45 was killed and two others Mobarak Sabji, 25 and Sultan Sabji, 32 were severely injured in attack by the robbers at Damodarpur village of Enayetpur gram panchayat in English Bazaar police station early this morning.
Two villagers including a Madhyamik examinee, volunteers of night security team at a neighbouring village – Sujit Mandal, 30 and Labanya Mandal, 16 were injured when the suspected robbers pelted bombs targeting them from a running vehicle.

Two incidents were enough to agitate the villagers who hit the streets since this morning and blocked Malda-Manikchak state highway at several places. Large contingent of police had a tough luck in lifting the blockade. Even cops allegedly charged batons at Manikchak. Finally, the villagers agreed to suspend the blockade after police reportedly promised to lodge police camps at the vulnerable areas.

Police sources informed that while a team of three vendors after selling vegetables were returning home by a small van. Suddenly a gang of robbers in a bid to loot the vendors started pelting bombs on the van. Four persons including the driver were injured.

Meanwhile alleging police inaction and demanding arrest of the dacoits hundreds of villagers from areas along Malda – Manikchak state highway blocked the road at different areas by burning tires and leaving wooden logs on the road.

Ajimuddin Sheikh, a Trinamul Congress member of Enayetpur gram panchayat said that police were informed after the dacoits sent written advance threats to residents of Madia village. “But even then the robbers’ advent could not be thwarted. We demand to beef up security immediately at these areas,” he added.

SP Prasun Banerjee said, “Police have been looking into alleged robbery threat seriously. Three persons were arrested too. However, one person died and few others were injured in an attack by some miscreants. Villagers blocked the road and police had to resort to mild baton charge to lift the blockade.” “Police camps would be installed at those areas,” Mr Banerjee added.

Meanwhile, relief and rehabilitation minister Sabitri Mitra visited the injured at MMCH this evening. “Police were asked to take prompt action to assure the villagers who were threatened by the villagers,” Mrs Mitra said. 

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