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Cop killed in Kolkata violence

Police lathi-charge an angry mob in front of Metiabruz police station at Garden Reach in Kolkata on Tuesday.PTI PHOTO

Police lathi-charge an angry mob in front of Metiabruz police station at Garden Reach in Kolkata on Tuesday.PTI PHOTO  

A police sub-inspector was killed in broad daylight here on Tuesday while trying to control violence in the Garden Reach area of the city over filing of nomination papers for a local college election.

Tapas Chowdhury, 55, of the Kolkata Police Special Branch was shot at from close range. He was later declared dead at a private hospital where he was taken.

Four rounds of bullets were fired and bombs hurled during the violence.

V. S. Nesakumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Port Division, told journalists that a clash between members of Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (students wing of the Trinamool Congress) and Chhatra Parishad (students wing of the Congress) who are contesting elections at Harimohan Ghose College led to the violence.

State Home Secretary Basudeb Banerjee said that four persons including prime accused Sheikh Suhan were arrested. He was allegedly seen by locals brandishing a gun and shooting the policeman from point blank range in an image captured by certain television channels.

Asked about the political affiliation of the accused, Mr. Banerjee said he was not in the know.

“Irrespective of the political affiliation, strong action will be taken,” he added.

Trinamool Congress secretary-general and Industries Minister Partha Chatterjee said exemplary punishment will be given to those involved in the act but blamed the Congress and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) for inciting the trouble.

The victim, who joined the police in 1980, was the only earning member in the family and is survived by his wife, two children and an ailing mother.

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