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Constable sustains bullet injury amid clashes between TMC factions in Bengal's Basirhat

A police constable was injured during clashes between two factions of the TMC in West Bengal's Basirhat on Monday night.

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A constable Prabhat Sardar of Anantapur outpost in Basirhat police district sustained a gunshot injury on his shoulder. (Representative photo)

In Short

  • A police constable was injured when he tried to stop clashes in Bengal's Basirhat.
  • Clashes had broken out between two factions of the TMC.
  • So far, 41 people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the violence.

By Rittick Mondal: A police constable sustained a bullet injury while trying to stop clashes that had broken out between two factions of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in Basirhat in West Bengal's North 24 Paraganas district on Monday night.

Police said at least 41 people have been arrested so far for their alleged involvement in the violence that erupted at Taki Road near Shakchura market around 10pm on Monday.

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Tension gripped the area following the clashes and additional police force has been deployed in the area since Monday night to prevent any untoward incident.

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"Members of two factions of the TMC engaged in a brawl on Monday, prompting the police to intervene. Constable Prabhat Sardar of Anantapur outpost in Basirhat police district sustained a bullet injury on his shoulder while trying to stop the clashes," said a police officer.

Sardar, who was rushed to R G Kar Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata after initial check-up at Basirhat Zilla Hospital, had to undergo a surgery to remove the bullet.

"We are probing the matter. We have arrested almost everyone involved in last night's violence," said the officer.

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TMC MLA Madan Mitra called the firing incident ‘unfortunate’. He stated, “It is very unfortunate. We will try to find out the reason behind the clashes. We do not support any such violence."

"We were told constable Pravat Sardar of Basirhat police station was critically injured and is currently under treatment," said Madan Mitra.

Incidents of gunfights between different factions of the TMC as well as between the ruling party and the Opposition become very common when elections are around the corner. The panchayat elections are scheduled to be held next year and both the ruling TMC and the Opposition BJP are going all out to reach out to the masses.

(With inputs from PTI)