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12 held for policeman's murder, violence in Kolkata

Posted on Feb 13, 07:17PM | IANS

Kolkata, Feb 13 : Twelve people have been arrested for violence in the Garden Reach area here where a policeman was shot dead during a clash between Trinamool Congress and Congress student activists at a college.

"Two people have been arrested for murder and 10 for rioting," Kolkata Police Deputy Commissioner (Port Division) V. Solomon Nesakumar told IANS.

Tapas Chowdhury, a sub-inspector attached to the special branch, was shot from close range in broad daylight while trying to control clashing students in Harimohan Ghose College Tuesday.

The violence in the college erupted over the issue of picking up nomination forms for the students' union election.

Another person was also injured in the firing.

Television channels aired footage of a youth in red shirt rushing into a melee and firing, before escaping from the spot.

Prime suspect Mohammad Shubhaan was presented before the court Wednesday and remanded in police custody till Feb 26.

Except for the presence of a strong police picket, the college was almost empty Wednesday.

Armed policemen were posted in large numbers in the entire area surrounding the college and patrol vans made repeated rounds.

"The situation is peaceful. There is no tension," said Nesakumar.