Siliguri, Aug. 9: Police burst tear gas, fired in the air and resorted to a lathicharge this evening at Santoshinagar to disperse a 300-strong mob holding a demonstration with the body of a daily-wage labourer.
The 40-year-old Rambabu Sahani, a resident of Tulsinagar Colony, had been hit with a blunt weapon on July 28 and succumbed to injuries last night. The mob was demonstrating near the house of the accused, Uday Sha, demanding compensation.
Sahani was quarrelling with his father when Sha, whom the labourer knew, intervened. He began to scuffle with Sahani and hit him with a blunt object. Sha has been arrested and is in jail custody now.
When Sahani’s body arrived at Tulsinagar from North Bengal Medical College and Hospital this morning, his family and friends took it near Sha’s house and started the demonstration. The police reached the spot in the afternoon and tried to scatter the people. But the agitators refused.
Around 5pm, when the police tried to seize the body, the mob started hurling stones and bricks at the law enforcers. Three policemen were injured and reinforcements rushed to quell the violence. They opened fire in air, burst teargas and resorted to a lathicharge and dispersed the mob. The police seized the body and sent it to a crematorium.
Siliguri police commissioner Anand Kumar said the situation was under control after the police intervention.