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By A Newsman
Siliguri, 14 July: PARTS of Chopra in North Dinajpur district erupted in violence today for the second time within seven days. In today’s case too, a confrontation between Trinamool and BJP workers is at the root.
In the violence at Kachakali village under Chopra police station today, angry villagers vandalised a car belonging to Trinamool leaders and another vehicle belonging to police. As many as 12 policemen, including the inspector-in-charge of Chopra police station.
Police had to fire teargas shells and carry out lathi-charge to disperse the mob. With tension prevailing in the village, a temporary police picket has been posted there.
In a clash of BJP and Trinamool, a BJP worker named Bijan Singha of Kachakali had died on 8 July. Angry over this, BJP workers in the village torched the house of Trinamool ruled local gram panchayat head Baneswar Singha.
To express solidarity with Baneswar, a delegation of Trinamool leaders from Chopra went to Kachakali village today noon. But getting to know of this, villagers who are mostly BJP supporters, stopped them midway into the village.
With the Trinamool team trying to put up a resistance, the villagers soon began pelting stones and bricks damaging the Trinamool delegation’s car. Caught unprepared in the strife, Trinamool leaders at once dialled Chopra police station urging them for a rescue.
Police arrived soon and managed to safely evacuate the Trinamool leaders by resorting to lathi-charge on the villagers. Peeved at this, the villagers began pelting stones at the cops: 12 policemen were injured in the police, while a police vehicle was severely damaged.
The injured policemen have been admitted to the Chopra Block Hospital. There condition is stable.