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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Did two policemen fire at West Bengal agitators?

Arpit Basu & Halim Mandal, Hindustan Times  Tehatta (Nadia), November 16, 2012
First Published: 00:12 IST(16/11/2012) | Last Updated: 02:39 IST(16/11/2012)

Apart from the sub-divisional police officer, did any other police person open fire at the agitating crowd in Nadia on Wednesday, resulting in the death of a local trader and injury to another?

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The office-bearers of the puja committee, which was in the forefront in organising a demonstration on a religious issue, said on Thursday the bodies received more than one bullet and from various angles.

“When we noticed the body of Ashok Sen, the trader, we found three bullets. Two hit his chest, and one his leg. At least two bullets travelled straight.

It could not have happened unless someone fired at him from the ground level,” Ashish Mandal, the secretary of the agitating Teen Murti puja committee, told HT.

Rinku Sen, Ashok Sen’s nephew, was in agreement with Mandal.

“Two bullets travelled straight, and did not drill an inclined hole as would have happened if shot from the rooftop,” Sen said on Thursday.

Atul Krishna Ghosh, another member of the club and agitator, supported both Sen and Mandal.

Locals also contradicted the claim of the police that tear gas shells and rubber bullets were fired before gunshots. “After the lathicharge came the bullets. There was no tear gas, no warning,” said Dinabandhu Ghosh, a local teacher and one of the agitators.

Sub-divisional police officer Sailesh said: “The mob started hurling stones and pieces of glass at me. I decided to fire, else my life and the lives of the residents of the building would have been in danger.”

Superintendent of police Sabyasachi Raman Panda said: “We have no evidence yet of a second policeman opening fire. However, investigation is on and we will examine this angle as well.”

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