The West Bengal Police is under fire again for opening fire to disperse a mob protesting after an accident at Mejia in Bankura district. A coal-laden truck had run over a 15-year-old school student there on Friday morning.
Following the incident, agitated locals set fire to the truck. About half an hour later, when police and fire brigade officials arrived, the mob targeted them and tried to set their vehicles afire.
As the police tried to disperse the mob, the agitators retaliated. When the police opened fire, a vegetable vendor, Nemai Das, received bullet injuries in the stomach, said Bankura SP Rajesh Sinha. The SP clarified that they first lathi-charged the mob, and fired in the air only when they failed to disperse the crowds. “But the vegetable vendor was injured when a bullet struck rickoched off a wall,” he claimed. The situation currently is tense, but under control. A police posse is camping in the area.