BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Six policeman and several villagers suffered injuries after a violent clash broke out in Baduria area in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas on Wednesday when cops were trying to disperse a crowd that was protesting over shortage of rations.
A police team arrived at the spot in the afternoon and tried to pacify the protesters, officials said. The officer-in-charge of Baduria police station sustained head injuries and was rushed to a nearby hospital thereafter.
Several villagers were lathi charged by the police during the door-to-door search. Women, too, were attacked.
“The police urged the protesters to return to their homes and assured them that they will be delivered essential items. However, the protest went on, provoking the police to “use force”, police officials said.
State food supplies minister Jyotipriyo Mullick said the incident happened after a local councillor told people of the area that they will be provided additional relief materials.
“After I came to know about the incident, I enquired about it and found that all families in the area have received the free ration being provided by the state government. The trouble happened after the local councillor who promised some relief materials in his personal capacity failed to provide it to all the families,” he said.
“I have ordered the authorities to distribute food to the balance 25 people who did not get the relief,” he said.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee said the ration was not being distributed by the state government but by some NGO.