New Delhi: At least one person has been killed and three others injured in Bhatpara area of West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas after clashes broke out between two groups on early Thursday morning.
The deceased has been identified as Rambabu Shaw (17), who was reportedly a pani puri or a puchka seller. Details of others who have been injured are yet to ascertained, the police said. BJP MP Arjun Singh claimed that the victim was shot in the head, while six others also received bullet injuries.
In view of this, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee convened a meeting with the chief secretary, the state police chief, and other top officials.
Internet services have also been suspended till midnight of June 21, Friday in North 24 Parganas.
Now, Section 144 has been imposed in Bhatpara and Jagatdal areas . “Some anti-socials and criminals have been active in Bhatpara. Outside elements have now joined them, disrupting peace in the area. RAF personnel have been deployed,” Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay said.
ADG South Bengal Sanjay Singh has been given particular charge of the Barrackpore Commissionerate, the senior state government official said. DG Virendra has also been asked to rush to Bhatpara, Bandyopadhyay added.
According to reports, bombs were hurled and several rounds of bullets fired in the air by the members of the two warring groups near a newly constructed police station, which was scheduled for inauguration on Thursday.
A team of police officers along with Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel has been deployed in the area, with shops, market places and business establishments seen downing shutters following the unrest.
Bhatpara has witnessed a series of clashes since May 19, when bypoll was held in the Assembly constituency.
With inputs from agencies