WB: 2 women killed, 17 injured in police-mob clash

Two women were killed and 17 injured, when police used lathis and fired in the air on in South 24 Parganas district, official sources said.

Last Updated: Dec 02, 2011, 00:16 AM IST

Diamond Harbour (WB): Two women were killed and 17 injured, including seven policemen and a DSP, when police used lathis and fired in the air on Thursday to disperse a stone throwing mob over power theft in South 24 Parganas district, official sources said.
The incident occurred when a group of power department
personnel caught some persons for hooking electricity at
Nainan Mallikpara area, district Superintendent of Police L N
Meena said.

On getting the information, police went to the spot
and a mob pelted stones at them injuring eight policemen.

Police used lathis injuring ten persons, he said
adding when the lathis failed, police fired in the air to
bring the situation under control.

According to hospital sources, Sabera Bibi, 30, and
Rashina Khatun, 14, who were brought in for treatment died.

"If the police fired, then it might be that the
situation had warranted them to do so. But we do not know
whether the person has died due to police firing or not. If it
is due to police firing, we will investigate the matter,"
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.
Action will be taken against erring police officials
and those from the power department, she said.

Describing the incident as "unfortunate", she said the
police should have taken more precaution while handing the
violence.

"I am against the firing. I don`t hold villagers
responsible. Even power department officials should have
explained the issue to people," she said adding that there
might be a political motive behind the villagers provocation.

"We are also checking whether it is the handiwork of
political opponents or not," Banerjee said.

Hinting at a communication gap between the police and
her, the CM, who is also the state Home Minister, said she
was at the state secretariat and was not informed of the
incident.

"Had I been told, I would have handled the situation,"
she said.

PTI