Monday, August 30, 2010

Students and teachers riot after death of a student -- Berhampore, India

Students and teachers of a school in West Bengal's Murshidabad district clashed with the police on Friday following the accidental death of a student. Twenty people were injured in the violence and road traffic was disrupted.

Four students were injured by bullets allegedly fired by the police while 16 policemen were hurt in brickbatting.

According to the police, Khaleda Khatun, a class IX student of Murari Pukur High School at Suti, was killed on the spot after being run over by a speeding truck while coming to school.

To protest against this, students and teachers of the school put up blockades on NH-34, the highway linking north and south Bengal, disrupting traffic movement, they said.

When the police arrived at the spot, the agitators ransacked their vehicle and pelted stones at them. Following this, the policemen lathicharged the people and fired tear gas shells, sources said, adding 16 policemen were injured in brickbatting.

Locals alleged that the police fired as they failed to control the situation, though the police denied firing by them.

Four students, who sustained bullet injuries, were out of danger, the sources said.

The road blockade was ultimately lifted in the evening after Additional Superintendent of Police Dipnarayan Goswami went to the spot and talked to the agitators.

While Left opposition party Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) called a 12-hour Suti bandh tomorrow, Democratic Students Organisation (DSO) called student strike in entire Murshidabad district in protest against the incident.

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