Injured in the clash involving TMC and CPM workers two months ago, sub-inspector Amit Chakraborty of the Dubrajpur police station in Birbhum died Monday.
The S-I was hit by a splinter in the stomach on June 3 when a group of TMC men had allegedly hurled a bomb at him and three other police officials who had gone to Aulia-Gopalpur village to defuse tension between supporters of the two parties.
Chakraborty was admitted to Durgapur Mission Hospital where sources said he was recovering but that he suddenly developed infection from the wound, which led to his death.
As many as 48 persons have been named in the FIR filed at the Dubrajpur police station, with 17 of them, including Raju Sheikh, TMC’s Joshpur panchayat member, under arrest. Although, CPM zonal secretary Muktul Seikh, under whose supervision the reformation of a water body was going on in the area then — the reason behind the tension between the two parties — however, is still at large.
Significantly, TMC district president of Birbhum Anubrata Mondal had in a speech during the panchayat elections directed party workers to hurl bombs at police if they helped “independent” candidates in the polls. Incidentally, in the Bolpur panchayat polls, a lot of rebel TMC workers had contested as “independents” and earned Mondal’s ire.
Birbhum SP Alok Rajoria said an insurance claim of Rs 3.8 lakh would be paid to the family. “We have written to the state government for financial assistance and officers of the district police have also contributed towards a fund for the family,” he said. Asked if Mondal’s speech was responsible for the incident, he said, “It is an unfortunate incident and already 17 persons have been arrested. More will be arrested soon, irrespective of their political affiliations.”