|Villagers topple a police car near Manikchak on Tuesday. Picture by Surajit Roy
Malda, Oct. 8: At least 10 policemen, including two assistant sub-inspectors, were injured today when a mob attacked them in a Manikchak village where a woman and her son were allegedly hacked by their neighbour.
Six police vehicles were damaged in the incident that took place in Kharertala near Manikchak, 40km from here.
The police burst tear gas shells to disperse the mob.
Around 10am, Jiten Basak hacked his neighbour Archana Basak, 45, and her son Rabi, 17, with a sharp weapon during an argument over erecting a fence between their houses.
Villagers alleged policemen from Manikchak who arrived around noon, took Jiten’s side instead of arresting him.
“Niren Singh, a retired army jawan on whose land Jiten worked, called the police. They came and ransacked Jiten’s house and put the blame on Archana’s family,” said Gour Chandra Basak, a farmer.
The Congress pradhan of Najirpur gram panchayat, Kanaklata Mondol, said: “Instead of trying to arrest Jiten the policemen blamed Archana’s family for ransacking Jiten’s house. This annoyed villagers.”
Malda police chief Kalyan Mukherjee said assistant sub-inspectors Subimal Sarkar and Dipak Ghosh and eight others were injured. “The officers have been admitted to Manikchak hospital. Six police vehicles were damaged. The ransack charge is not true. The police are looking for Jiten. The woman and her son have been admitted to Malda Medical College and Hospital,” he said.