Five men have been arrested in connection with Sunday night’s fight on Beleghata Main Road between two groups allegedly backed by the Trinamul Congress.
Sumoy Das and Bapi Chakraborty were picked up around midnight, while Gopal Saha, alias Habu, Soumen Das and Bapi Das, alias Bhaja, were arrested on Monday afternoon. The two prime accused named in separate complaints are yet to be arrested.
Police said Sumoy and Bapi were named in the FIR filed by Tarun Sadhukhan, who was allegedly attacked with bombs and hit on the head with a revolver butt on Sunday evening. The duo have been charged under IPC Section 307 (attempt to murder).
The three others were named in another complaint filed later in the day by the other faction. Gopal, Soumen and Bapi have been charged under IPC sections 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and 307 (attempt to murder).
If proved guilty all five can be jailed for life.
“Sumoy and Bapi have been remanded in police custody for nine days. The others will be produced in court tomorrow,” said Pallab Kanti Ghosh, joint commissioner of police, crime.
An officer of Beleghata police station said they were looking for the 14 others named in three complaints. They include the two prime accused — Raju Naskar and Shankar Chakraborty, the leaders of the warring factions.
On Sunday, at least 20 bombs were hurled on Beleghata Main Road between 7.20pm and 8.30pm. A stretch of the road from the CIT Road crossing till the Bypass was closed to traffic for nearly an hour.
Sources said the groups had been fighting to gain control of the real estate trade in the area and the syndicates supplying construction materials. The immediate trigger for the Sunday evening clash was the control of a vacant piece of land along Beleghata Main Road.
On Monday, a large group of policemen and several police vehicles were stationed on Beleghata Main Road. “The situation is peaceful. There has been no fresh complaint of violence since Sunday evening,” said an officer of Beleghata police station.
Despite the police presence and claims of peace having restored, residents across the area said they were scared. “We are accustomed to stray violence but what happened yesterday was scary. People could have died,” said a resident of Abinash Chandra Banerjee Road, in the area.