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Cong gheraoes police station

Malda, Oct. 4: Congress supporters today laid siege to the Englishbazar police station for more than three hours to protest the slapping of theft charge on local MLA and municipal chairman Krishnendu Chowdhury in connection with a campus clash last year.

They demanded immediate removal of the inspector-in-charge, Jawaharjyoti Roy of Englishbazaar police station, who had filed the chargesheet against the MLA.

The gherao led by the MLA began around 4pm on K.J. Sanyal Road and caused a huge traffic congestion in the locality. About 400 Congress supporters spread polythene sheets on the road and squatted there, shouting slogans.

Chowdhury said there was a clash between SFI and Chhatra Parishad supporters at Malda College over admissions on June 23 last year.

“I had received a phone call from the teacher-in-charge of Malda College and went to the spot and brought the situation under control. A year later, I came to know that false charges were being brought against me in connection with the incident at the college. Three others, councillors Kakoli Chowdhury, Ashis Kundu and our district president of the Chhatra Parishad, Prasenjit Das, were also wrongly implicated by the police,” he said.

Chowdhury said among the charges framed against him was theft under Section 379 of the IPC, a non-bailable offence. “Did we go to the college that day to commit a theft? The inspector-in-charge submitted a chargesheet in the chief judicial magistrate’s court with false charges. I had to take anticipatory bail from the court on Monday,” he said.

Malda police superintendent, Jayanta Pal, said he was not in charge when the incident at the college had taken place last year.

“There was ransacking and heckling of the principal on June 23, 2011. The secretary of the SFI union of the college, Prasun Roy, had filed an FIR. The police started a case in connection with the FIR and there is nothing wrong with it,” Pal said.

The gherao was lifted around 7. 30pm after Pal called up Chowdhury. “We are withdrawing the agitation as the police superintendent has assured me that he will take up our demand of the transfer of the inspector-in-charge after the Pujas,” said the MLA.