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Several civic police volunteers were injured on Monday when the police resorted to baton charge on their gathering in West Bengal’s Malda district.
The incident took place when members of the civic volunteers’ organisation West Bengal Civic Police Association (WBCPA) took out a procession to submit a memorandum to Malda Superintendent of Police Prasun Banerjee.
Their demands included regularisation of payments. The baton-charge started when the volunteers allegedly threw stones at the police. “Six police personnel have been injured and seven people are arrested,” said Mr. Banerjee.
While the police said that 15 volunteers were injured during the clash, the WBCPA leaders claimed 65 of their members sustained serious injuries.
Contrary to the police claim, WBCPA president Sanjoy Poria said that they had informed the local English Bazar police station on September 8 about the procession, but got no response from them. “Our procession and assembly was peaceful and the police needlessly resorted to baton charge,” he told journalists.
Mr. Poria also said that there are about 1,30,000 civic volunteers in the State out of which 4,800 are in Malda. “We are planning a march to the new State Secretariat,” he added.
From: The Hindu