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Clash not linked to land acquisition: Mamata

Posted on Nov 07, 09:23PM | IBNS

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said the clash between police and villagers in West Bengal's Birbhum district was not connected with 'land acquisition'.

"The incident has no connection with land acquisition," Banerjee told reporters here.

She said: "Our government is always beside farmers. Some people are trying to distort information."

"Incident like this one should not have happened," the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo said.

She 'thanked' the police for not 'over-reacting' while dealing with the situation.

Banerjee said: "An administrative inquiry has been ordered in the matter....Birbhum Superintendent of Police has been directed to go on leave."

At least six villagers and several policemen were injured as they clashed in Birbhum 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 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.