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RAF deployed after clash outside Belur police stn

HOWRAH: Bullets flew and bombs were hurled in a conflict between two teams of alleged Trinamool workers, leaving at least 3 persons injured, proper in front of Belur police station on Monday morning.

The conflict, which persevered for a couple of and a half hours, was introduced underneath keep an eye on after resistance by locals and deployment of RAF. All this whilst, officers allegedly stayed within the police station. Five trouble-makers were later detained for interrogation. The injured were admitted to T L Jaiswal Hospital in Howrah.

Witnesses stated the conflict broke out after a pool automobile hit a two-wheeler on the crossing of GT Road and Gardener Road — only a kilometre from Belur Math — round 10.30am, injuring rider Hareram Rai and his eight-year-old daughter Aswini. Soon, Rai’s neighbours from Jangi Singh Gully locality joined him in a protest. But pool automobile driver Billu and his helper Kallu also mobilised supporters and began beating up Rai and his neighbour Bablu Jana with iron rods.

After being informed, officers from Belur PS reached the spot and detained Billu and Kallu. Police stated Billu made calls from his cell ahead of getting into the police station, informing his neighbours at Matowallya Chowrasta that he had been picked up by police. Soon, a 60-strong crowd from the area collected out of doors Belur police station. They were allegedly armed with rods, bombs and weapons and were led by former Trinamool councillor of Howrah Municipal Corporation’s ward quantity 62, Rajib Dhamman.

Words quickly spread in Rai’s locality that Dhamman had led a crowd to the police station. Former HMC councillor of adjoining ward 61, Kailash Mishra, then allegedly led a crowd of some 40-50 locals to the police station. They were allegedly armed with sticks. By then, Dhamman had allegedly entered the police station. “Soon, a conflict broke out between the 2 teams in front of Belur police station. The rival teams allegedly hurled bricks at every different. The conflict quickly intensified, with one workforce hurling bombs and firing within the air,” stated a witness.

Passers-by alleged that police officers close the collapsible gate of the police station and selected to stay within. Anima Ray, who was taking her son to school, stated, “Since cars had come to a standstill on G T Road, we managed to get right into a bus that was caught in visitors snarls.” Almost after one and a half hours, a RAF contingent was deployed on the spot to carry the location underneath keep an eye on.

Dhamman later stated, “This is a conflict between residents of 2 localities. I heard that two innocent youths from my house were detained and had long gone to the police station to invite the police officers the reason for their detention.”

Mishra stated, “I went to the spot when I heard that Dhamman had led a crowd to the police station to free the pool automobile driver and his helper.”

ACP (north) Pratiksha Jhajaria stated, “We dispersed the clashing mobs and restored normality. We have launched a search for the miscreants.” Denying allegations of cop inactiveness, DC (north), Amit Rathod, stated: “We are having a look into the fees of bullets being fired.” State minister Arup Ray stated, “I've warned each Dhamman and Mishra. I will be able to habits a probe and take important movements towards them.”

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