Asansol/Kolkata: Three persons were shot
dead and another person seriously injured Friday after a gang of armed assailants fired on workers at a building construction site at Asansol Court More in Burdwan district,
The incident took place this morning when 12 miscreants
arrived at the site and started firing indiscriminately, in
which builder Lakhan Yadav(45), his personal security guard
and a construction worker were killed on the spot, they said.
A police picket has been set up in the area and the
border with Jharkhand and Bihar sealed to prevent escape of
the culprits, believed to be members of a coal mafia, they
In the state secretariat in Kolkata, Chief Minister
Mamata Banerjee told reporters that strong action would be
taken against those involved in the incident.
Condemning the incident which she described as `most
unfortunate`, Banerjee said it took place because of alleged
differences over construction of a building.
"After a meeting with the Chief Secretary, Home
Secretary, DGP and ADG (law and Order), a high level probe
has been ordered and strict action will be taken against the
culprits," she said.
"We have information that the coal mafia are active
in the area and their activity will not be tolerated. If any
one else is found involved in the incident, he will not be
spared," Banerjee said.
The chief minister said that SP, Burdwan, had reached the
spot along with IGP and they had been asked to seal the border
so that the culprits cannot flee to either Jharkhand or Bihar.
"The police has been directed to arrest the culprits at
any cost. A red alert has been sounded in the adjacent
sensitive areas in the entire coal belt," she said.
Banerjee announced compensation of Rs two lakh for the
kin of the each killed in the firing and treatment of the
injured at government cost.
Law Minister Moloy Ghatak and Union Minister of state for
Railway Mukul Roy had rushed to the spot, she said.
The chief minister said that she had also talked to the
mayor of Asansol who is on the spot.
Though it is a scattered incident, these would henceforth
be dealt with seriously. "If intention is clear, any target
can be achieved," she said.
"They were never treated seriously earlier," Banerjee
said, adding that police infrastructure would be revamped with
a major master plan in the coal belt.