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Cop killed in Kolkata TMC-Congress clash

Posted on Feb 12, 04:37PM | IBNS

Kolkata, Feb 12 : A police sub inspector was killed as members of the student wings of ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Congress clashed at Harimohan Ghose College in Kolkata's Garden Reach on Tuesday, police said.

Sub-Inspector Tapas Choudhury was killed while four other students were injured in the incident.

He allegedly died in the firing by an anti-social identifed as Muktar.

According to reports, clashes between supporters of Chhatra Parishad (CP) and Trinamool Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) broke out when leaders from both the sides were filing nomination papers for upcoming students' union election

Some miscreants carried guns and attacked the police.

West Bengal Urban Development Minister and Trinamool leader Firhad Hakim reached the area after the incident and said the police have been asked to take actions against those responsible for it.

While the opposition said the gunman is a Trinamool Congress activist, Hakim alleged that the killer identified as Muktar is now a Congress activist after joining the party from CPI-M.

"They together attacked and broke the gate and created tension. Our local councillor Md. Iqbal was here and they were 100 metres away as directed by police. They were attacked and when sub inspector Tapas Chakraborty (he was identified by police as Tapas Chowdhury from the special branch) tried to save him he was hit by the bullet," claimed Hakim.

"Bombs were also recovered from CPI-M party office," he alleged.

A senior police official at the spot said the clash was between Trinamool Congress and Congress and the sub inspector died in hospital succumbing to the bullet injuries.

Meanwhile in New Delhi, Congress condemned the incident and party national spokesperson Rashid Alvi said in West Bengal people had voted for change with expectations and that was not fulfilled.

In order to bring the situation under control, Rapid Action Force (RAF) and additional police troops have been deployed in the area.