One person was killed and nine injured in police shooting in Tehatta, in the Nadia district of West Bengal on Wednesday.
Although the police initially refused to admit to any firing, additional director-general (law and order) Surajit Kar Purakayastha later during the day backtracked after many news channels aired the footage of police firing.
“There has been an unfortunate incident at Howlia in Tehatta over a land dispute between two communities. The matter was about to be resolved soon, but a large crowd on Wednesday obstructed road, and attacked the police and the SDPO (sub-divisional police officer).
They also attacked SDPO’s residence. Police first resorted to lathicharge, fired teargas shells and rubber bullets. They then fired three rounds in self-defence to disperse the unruly crowd,” he said at a press conference at Writers’ Building.
Responding to a query whether the victim, Ashok Sen, was killed in police firing, he said: “The postmortem report is awaited and the nature of the injury will be known only after that.” According to him, nine were also injured in the incident, including eight policemen.
The exact cause of the violence could not be confirmed, as Purakayastha refused to share the details.