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Police-villagers clash in Bengal district

Posted on Nov 06, 06:09PM | IBNS

At least six villagers and several policemen were injured as they clashed in West Bengal's Birbhum district on Tuesday.

The clash started when the police went to Loba village to recover a coal mining company's earth-mover that was allegedly taken away by the villagers last year.

The villagers reportedly damaged nine police vehicles.

The villagers said the police fired at them and injured 11 people.

West Bengal Home Secretary Basudeb Banerjee denied the figure and said six villages were injured in the incident but none of them suffered bullet injuries.

He said the villagers attacked with bows and arrows that left 27 policemen injured.

The police left the area after the clash.

The villagers had taken away the earth-mover that belonged to DVC Emta.

Pertinently, DVC Emta has coal mining rights in the district.

The villagers said that they got little compensation after land was given to DVC Emta for open-cast coal mining.