Midnapore, Feb. 1: Three policemen were injured this afternoon when alleged Trinamul Congress supporters laid siege to the Nayagram police station in West Midnapore.
The 1,000-strong mob was protesting an attempt by the joint forces to arrest the younger brother of a Trinamul block secretary in an old case. They broke open a gate of the police station and hurled stones at the policemen.
Twenty-one alleged Trinamul supporters were also injured when the joint forces lathicharged to disperse the mob.
The seed of todays gherao lay in a raid conducted this morning by the joint forces to arrest Sukhendu Patra, younger brother of Ardhendu Patra, the Nayagram block secretary of Trinamul. Nearly 30 joint forces members barged into the house of Patra early today and asked for Sukhendu. But he was not at home then, said a Trinamul supporter.
The mob gheraoed the police station around 4pm. According to the cops, the gherao soon turned unruly.
Three police personnel, including an assistant sub-inspector, were seriously injured after the stones hit them on their heads and faces, said Mukesh Kumar, additional superintendent of police (operations), West Midnapore.
There was no prior intimation about the gherao. The mob first broke the gate and then tried to enter the police station while hurling stones at the policemen. There was no option but to lathicharge, added Kumar.
In the evening, the Trinamul MP from Tamluk, Subhendu Adhikari, visited Nayagram and held a rally protesting the attempt by the joint forces to arrest Sukhendu.
The police are using the CRPF to harass Trinamul workers, alleged Adhikari.