One person was killed and
another injured in violence that rocked Tehatta bordering
Nadia district today, with villagers claiming that the death
was caused due to police firing.
Official sources are yet to confirm whether the police
opened fire on a crowd which set up a road blockade at PWD
More on Krishnagar-Karimpur highway at Tehatta in protest
against the refusal of police permission to allow a Jagaddhari
puja at their chosen venue.
Agitators set fire to police vehicles and threw brickbats
at policemen who arrived on the spot to break the blockade.
A high-level meeting was held at the state secretariat
where the chief secretary, home secretary, IGP (law and order)
and top police officers reviewed the situation at Tehatta.
No official version of the incident was, however,
given by the government.
The Congress and the CPI(M) claimed that the police
opened fire on a peaceful crowd in which one person was
WBPCC chief Pradip Bhattacharya urged Chief Minister
Mamata Banerjee to "discipline" her police. "The chief
minister will definitely deny police firing, but she should
admit the fact," he said.
CPI(M) leader Mohd Salim alleged that the police opened
fire on a peaceful crowd without issuing any prior warning.