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Too tense for stricken cops

Dubrajpur, July 31: Police refused to intervene to restore normality in a Birbhum village where Trinamul Congress workers brought life to a standstill today to protest the arrest of a local leader.

Local police said they would not go to Barra village in Kankartala without a big force and paramilitary personnel led by senior officers in the wake of the death of a sub-inspector in the same district while trying to control a mob of suspected Trinamul activists. Amit Chakraborty died of splinter injuries he suffered in a bomb attack while preventing the mob from attacking a CPM leader in Dubrajpur.

“Why will we go there (Barra)? To be attacked and get hit by bombs? We have told our superiors that we will not go until a large contingent of police and paramilitary personnel led by senior officers is sent. We will not meddle with Trinamul workers at our level, particularly because the agitation is against police action,” an officer of Kankartala police station said.

A district Trinamul vice-president went to Barra this evening and assured the protesters that a complaint would be lodged against the local police for arresting Abdul Haque Kaderi. Kaderi is one of those named in an FIR in the attack on a police outpost on July 19.

The protesters, who blocked a state highway and closed down the local panchayat office, three schools and a bank, lifted the agitation following the intervention of Trinamul leader Malay Mukherjee.

Asked why the police did not go to the village, district police chief Alok Rajoria said: “They (Trinamul) handled the problem politically.”