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30 injured in Jalpaiguri clash
At least 30 persons, including a few students of Jalpaiguri Engineering College, were injured in a clash between the students and locals today.

Offended with the attitude of the engineering college students during a cricket match that was played yesterday, around 500 people from Hospital Para, Pareshpally and areas adjacent to the institution raided the college today.

According to the Jalpaiguri additional SP Mr Tapas Das, locals of the area were playing cricket at the college’s ground last evening when an altercation broke out between the two sides and the college students chased away the locals.

The locals came in numbers today to get even with the students, who resisted and that led to the clash.

“The police acted swiftly and had to resort to mild lathi-charge to bring the situation under control,” the police official, said. It was learnt that the police had to fire two rounds of tear gas to disperse the two sides. The police admitted that a few shops and vehicles were damaged during the skirmish. Some shops were torched as well. While the students alleged that the locals created trouble of different nature in and around the college campus and one such took place during yesterday’s cricket match, the locals alleged that the clash was for a different reason. According to the locals, the college students often harassed local girls and women and one such incident yesterday triggered the clash. According to the Jalpaiguri ASP, two persons were seriously injured in the clash and the rest were released after first aid. “The police have lodged FIR against people from both sides,” the official added.
Posted On : 24-4-2007
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