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3 more held for attack on protester home

Police arrested three more organisers of an Independence Day soiree for allegedly damaging a Gariahat house after a resident lodged a complaint against them for using loudspeakers after the 10pm deadline.

“Dilip Pal, Pintu Rajak and Promojit Chowdhury were arrested on Friday for their involvement in Thursday’s incident. They have been charged with rioting, assault and molestation,” said an officer of Gariahat police station.

Gourab Das and Manojit Chowdhury had been arrested on Thursday and slapped with the same charges. Nepal Rajak had surrendered on Thursday night. All six are out on bail.

“We do not know when they will attack us again. The police did nothing to stop them from damaging our house,” said Ruma Halder of 5/1C Dover Terrace, whose protest resulted in the vandalism.

Ruma said she had asked the organisers at 10.15pm — 15 minutes after the deadline passed — to turn off the speakers as her 88-year-old father had been feeling sick because of the noise. The organisers turned down the plea and told Ruma that the soiree had the backing of Trinamul mayoral council member Debashis Kumar.

The teacher then went to the police station and lodged a complaint. On her way back home, she saw two policemen in a car and approached them. The cops escorted her back to the police station, instead of her home, fearing for her “safety”.

She was held back at the police station while the organisers went on the rampage at her home.

Kumar later denied having given “permission” to use loudspeakers after 10pm.