Kolkata: A police
sub-inspector was shot dead and another man injured in firing by
miscreants during a clash between student activists of the Trinamool Congress and the Congress at a college here Tuesday,
police said. Two accused were arrested.
Tapas Chowdhury, a sub-inspector attached to the city police's
Special Branch, was shot at from close range while trying to
control the clashing students in Harimohan Ghose College in the
Garden Reach area of west Kolkata, police said.
The violence erupted over the issue of picking up nomination forms
for the students' union election, police said.
Suddenly, crude bombs were hurled and there was also gun fire, V.S.
Nesakumar, deputy commissioner of police, port division, told
"Chowdhury was hit by a bullet while trying to control the
situation. He died in a hospital," he said.
A man, who was also injured in the firing, was in hospital, he
Asked about the groups which perpetrated the violence, Nesakumar
said the clash took place between Trinamool Congress Chhatra
Parishad, the student wing of the ruling Trinamool Congress) and
Chhatra Parishad, the student wing of the Congress, who are rivals
in the college election.
West Bengal Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim, who rushed to
the spot, claimed that the Congress and the Communist Party of
India-Marxist (CPI-M) fomented the trouble.
"The miscreant was earlier with the CPI-M and later he switched to
the Congress. The targets were our leaders. Chowdhury took the
bullet while he was trying to save them," said Hakim.
Two persons were arrested, said Hakim.
Terming the allegation as baseless, state Congress chief Pradip
Bhattacharya said the incident showed how law and order had
deteriorated in the state and demanded that the central government
CPI-M central committee member Md. Selim said the area had been a
political flashpoint over the last few days. He alleged that some
Trinamool Congress activists were injured while making bombs
Magsaysay award-winning writer Mahasweta Devi expressed sadness
over the incident and said it should be ensured that there was no
political tension in education.