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Cops face Cong fury

Siliguri, Feb. 11: The abduction of a CPM worker followed by an attack on police, allegedly by Congress supporters, triggered tension in Matigara last night.

The police have filed complaints against some Congress leaders.

Sources said at 10pm yesterday, Bajan Das, a unit secretary of the DYFI — the CPM’s youth front — was sitting at a shop in Palpara, when three youths approached him. “Sensing trouble, Bajan’s friend rushed to call other CPM supporters and returned with them but could not find him. His motorcycle and slippers were there, but there was no sign of the youths or of Bajan,” said Pradip Dutta, the deputy superintendent of police of Siliguri, today.

The youths were later identified as Amit Chakraborty, Sanai Biswas and Akhil Yadav, all Congress workers from Matigara, 6km from here. Led by the officer-in-charge of Matigara Debasish Ghosh, a force reached Sanai’s house a little after midnight, but neither he nor his associates were found.

“While returning, we found some Congress leaders and workers, armed with sticks and bombs, standing at Khaprail More. They threatened us for conducting the raids,” a police officer said. “As the vehicle of our officer-in-charge approached, two of the Congress supporters suddenly hurled bombs at us. When we chased them, they escaped.”

The police have filed complaints against Partha Sengupta, a Congress leader of Matigara, Bappa Biswas and six others for organising the attack. “The attack on the policemen was pre-planned,” the deputy superintendent of police said.

Supporters of both parties today shouted slogans in front of Matigara police station. The Congress has denied the allegations and demanded the transfer of the officer-in-charge of Matigara.

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