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Constable, civic cop hurt in TMC clash

A police constable and a civic cop were injured on Sunday night during a clash between two groups, allegedly rivals in Trinamul, over sharing of spoils of illegal construction in the Tiljala-Beniapukur area.

Police lathicharged the warring groups to control the situation. Seven youths have been arrested.

The police said the area had witnessed two clashes in quick succession on Sunday night. The constable and the civic cop were injured in the second clash.

The clashes occurred a day after rival Trinamul camps fought pitched battles in New Town over the control of syndicates supplying materials to construction projects.

Rajeev Mishra, the joint commissioner of police (headquarters), said the first clash had occurred around 10.30pm on Gorachand Road, under Beniapukur police station.

“Two groups, together comprising 50 men, attacked each other with bricks. A contingent of police rushed to the spot and chased away the attackers. Four men were arrested while the rest fled,” said Mishra. “We have registered a case and a hunt is on to track down the others.”

Sources said members of both groups are Trinamul loyalists.

The second clash broke out around 11.45pm on Tiljala Road, under Tiljala police station. “This one was more violent than the previous clash,” said a police officer. “Around 100 youths, all known Trinamul activists in the area, were involved in the clash that continued for over half an hour. The groups hurled crude bombs at each other. More than 20 bombs exploded.”

Minister Javed Ahmed Khan, the local Trinamul MLA, denied party supporters were involved in either clash.

“Initially, we found it difficult to proceed as bombs were being hurled indiscriminately,” said an officer of Tiljala police station. “As police started chasing the attackers, a constable and a civic cop were injured after being hit by bricks. There youths were arrested,” said an officer.

Officers said rivalry within Trinamul over the supply of construction materials is rising by the day. “Hundreds of jobless youths are engaged in making quick money by supplying construction materials to the areas witnessing a realty boom. A competition to outdo each other is on, resulting in clashes,” said an officer.