BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: The police on Tuesday came under heavy stone-pelting when the cops went to Howrah and Behala in Kolkata to enforce a total lockdown.
The first incident took place at Belilious Road in Tikiapara when the cops were trying to disperse locals gathered at a market. A group of people started to throw stones at the police and ransacked a police post and damaged two police cars. Several police personnel were injured in the incident.
Arup Roy, Trinamool leader and state minister, said, “This was all pre-planned. There are people of many communities living in wards 19 and 20. There has never been any communal tension in this area. People with vested interest have instigated the people.”
Though the police team had to retreat in the beginning, but they went back with a huge police force to tackle the situation. Even the Rapid Action Force was called in. A senior police officer said, “Our men had tried to disperse people gathered at a fruit market as they were not following social distancing norms. But a group suddenly started pelting stones, damaging two vehicles. We are looking at the CCTV footage to identify the culprits. Strict action will be taken against them.”
In another incident, a policemen on naka checking duty at Parnasree in Behala was manhandled by locals. The area is a coronavirus red zone and nobody was being allowed out of their homes.
Soon after the incident, the cops arrested the accused biker.
West Bengal Police said that stringent action will be taken against those involved in the Tikiapara incident. “We are taking strong action against everyone involved in the incident at Tikiapara, Howrah today. The perpetrators will be identified & brought to justice. No transgression of the law anywhere will be tolerated,” West Bengal Police tweeted.
Meanwhile, BJP leaders have slammed the Mamata Banerjee government for failing to ensure lockdown norms in Howrah, one of the coronavirus red zones in West Bengal. Union Minister Babul Supriyo took to Twitter to take a swipe at Bengal CM and even shared the video, which has been trending on social media.
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পুলিশ কি ভাবে পালাচ্ছে নিজের চোখে দেখুন•কোনো মন্তব্ব্য নিষ্প্রয়োজন• কয়েক ঘন্টা আগে একটি ভিডিওম্যাট করেছিলাম- কিছু #TMছিঃ ওদের ‘মাতৃভাষায়’ বললো ওটা পুরোনো ভিডিও•হতে পারে-এটা কিন্তু আজকের•দিদির ‘অনুপ্রেরণায়’ এগিয়ে চলেছে বাংলা-এটাই তো তার টেম্পলেট pic.twitter.com/6hB6F55em4
— Babul Supriyo (@SuPriyoBabul) April 28, 2020