Barrackpore, Oct. 9: Residents of a North 24-Parganas town today attacked a police team, accusing the force of doing little to trace six schoolgirls missing since yesterday.
A 200-strong crowd, including the parents of the missing girls, today blocked the Barrackpore-Naihati road in Jagaddal for two hours, protesting “police inaction”.
When a team of 30 policemen went to pacify the crowd, they were pelted with stones. The attack prompted a lathicharge.
Five policemen injured in the attack were released from a local hospital after being administered first-aid.
According to sources, the six girls who had left home for school yesterday did not reach the institution.
The police, who detained the brother of one of the missing girls this afternoon, said the six could have left for Bihar along with a boy.
Today, the posse of 30 policemen had to seek reinforcements when the team was attacked by the mob.
Reinforcements arrived from Barrackpore, led by the assistant commissioner of the Barrackpore commissionerate, Jyotirmoy Roy. But the additional police team failed to pacify the protesters and resorted to baton-charging.
Asked what steps the police took after a missing persons’ diary was lodged last night, an officer said: “We informed neighbouring police stations. We spoke to the family members of the girls and neighbours.”
Around 1,000 CPM supporters on Monday ransacked Farakka police station in Murshidabad, accusing the cops of inaction in probing the murder of a CPM pancahayat samiti member on September 10.