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2 policemen injured in tribal land protest

At least two policemen were seriously wounded and some others escaped with minor injuries after a tribal group attacked them in Panjipara on Sunday.

By KOUSIK SEN in Raiganj
  • Published 20.11.17
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Raiganj: At least two policemen were seriously wounded and some others escaped with minor injuries after a tribal group attacked them in Panjipara on Sunday.

On Sunday, the tribals protested at a power substation site in the Kutibusty area in Panjipara obstructing construction. They alleged that some portion of the land used for building the substation was illegal and had been encroached upon.

As the police arrived on the spot, to bring the situation under control, the tribal people attacked them with bows and arrows, sticks, bricks and stones. "Abhijit Dutta, the officer-in-charge of Goalpokhor police station and a home guard were seriously injured in the assault," said a source.

Police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the crowd and detained eight persons, who were involved in the attack.

Sources said a 32KVA power substation was being constructed in the area to distribute electricity in the locality and adjoining areas. Accordingly, district administration acquired the land, paid compensation to land losers and handed it over to the state power department.

"My land was not acquired for the substation but as the firm started construction work, it encroached upon a portion of my land. I informed panchayat representatives but nothing happened. So, we went to the site and protested encroachment of land," Malati Hembram, a resident, said.