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Cop injured in illegal liquor den raid

Darjeeling, May 20: An assistant sub-inspector had his ear nearly severed by a sharp weapon when an unidentified youth attacked him while he was on his way to conduct a raid at an illegal liquor den at Singla near Darjeeling, last night.

Jiwan Rai, 42, was taken to a private nursing home in Siliguri last night where he received 12 stitches. “His condition is stable now,” said a senior police officer.

According to the police, Rai had gone to Singla, around 22km from here, to raid an illegal liquor den along with a group of seven other police personnel. Singla is along the Bengal-Sikkim border and many shops sell both country liquor and liquor smuggled from the neighbouring state.

“Around 9.30pm, when the team had reached near the illegal liquor shop at Singla, an unknown person hit Rai with a sharp weapon. The officer’s ear was nearly severed. The police are investigating the matter and have not yet identified the attacker who managed to escape,” said a police officer.

“We have also started a suo motu case against the person who used to run the illegal liquor den. No arrests have been made so far. The police is conducing a raid in the area,” he said.

Mungpoo arrest

The Darjeeling police has arrested two persons from Mungpoo, 35km from town, on Monday for their involvement in a clash between the Trinamul and Morcha supporters at Mungpoo on Sunday.

A police source said Morcha supporter Diwas Rai Buku and Trinamul supporter Sanjay Thapa were arrested from Mungpoo.

“Both of them have been granted bail by the court of the chief judicial magistrate in Darjeeling,” said Pankaj Prasad, the assistant public prosecutor.

The clash had taken place between supporters of the two parties at Mungpoo around 9.30am on Monday.

While Trinamul had claimed that Morcha supporters had burnt their party flags on Sunday night, Morcha leaders had said Trinamul activists had attacked two of their supporters at the party office in Mungpoo without any provocation.

In Mungpoo, shops were closed on Monday and Tuesday. Schools were shut on Tuesday.