In another instance of ‘thana attack’ trend in Bengal, an irate mob on Friday attacked Alipore police station, one of the most posh area in south Kolkata and located at a security zone with West Bengal police head quarter near by. The mob from a local slum today barged into the police station beating the guards at the gate of the police station. The mob later entered the police station premises and started throwing stones at the office.
Tension gripped the area after a PWD team went to a local slum to vacate the vested land of the state government that was encroached by the locals. When the PWD team accompanied by police personnel asked the slum dwellers to relocate at some other place, they started agitating in the area and claimed they were given ‘patta’ by the Left Front government. However, the eviction process did not start at that time.
To control the agitation in the area, police picked up at least 10 protesters and brought them to the police station which was followed by the mob outrage. A strong mob led by a couple of local TMC leaders entered the police station premises and tried to ransack the police station as there were a few police personnel present at the spot. Clips of police personnel trying to hide under the tables to escape the attack were telecast in the local channels.
In minutes, reinforcement rushed to the spot and chased the mob away from the police station premises, though the mob later blocked the road in front of Bhawani Bhavan, head quarter of West Bengal police and CID. The crowd was dispersed soon from the area and blockade was withdrawn after senior police and PWD officials spoke to them.