Five persons were injured in police lathicharge in Singur on Saturday, when a group of villagers tried to prevent the fencing work at the site of the Tata Motors' small car project, prompting the state government to instruct police not to use bullets or batons to keep protestors at bay.
Director General of Police (Midnapore range) N Ramesh Babu, who is at the spot where the fencing work is going on, said that the decision of not using bullets or batons was taken after the lathicharge.
Five persons were injured in the lathicharge when they tried to prevent workers who were indulged in fencing work at Jaimolla under Beraberi gram panchayat. Fencing work started on Friday.
A group of villagers entered the field earmarked for the project. Confronted by the police, the villagers began pelting stones at the policemen who, in retaliation, lathicharged leading to injuries to five persons, who were taken into custody, police said.
Shankar Bhattacharjee, leader of left opposition of SUCI, alleged that the lathicharge was without any provocation.
Congress District President Preetam Ghosh alleged that the police destroyed the party camp near the site last night though superintendent of police Supratim Sarkar had assured him that camps would stay.