Eight people have been arrested in connection with the Asansol incident where 20 police personnel were injured in Churulia village.
By Yumna Ahmed,
April 16, 2020,
Tension started brewing when a quarantine centre was made in Churulia village without seeking the villagers’ consent. On Tuesday, April 14, the villagers attacked police personnel when they came to distribute food at a quarantine centre.
Samiran Kundu, a school teacher from Churulia Asansol, said that when the police came, a group of villagers attacked them. He alleged that when the villagers went on a rampage, the police responded with tear gas shells.
The villagers objected to the setting up of a quarantine centre at the youth hostel in Churulia, the native place of the national poet of Bangladesh, Kazi Nazrul Islam. “They are demanding to shift the centre as it is next to the grave of Kazi Nazrul’s wife,” Kundu added.
Subrata Gosh, officer-in-charge of Jamuria police station said, “We have arrested eight people who were allegedly involved in this incident. The quarantine centre has been shifted to ESI hospital following the villagers’ demands to shift the existing centre from the youth hostel as the locals were scared of the spread of this virus.”
On Tuesday, around 25 people were injured including police personnel and villagers after the clash over a quarantine center broke in the area. “The mob turned violent. Along with me, many other officials were injured in the attack.”
UPDATE: At least 27 #WestBengal policemen injured in violence unleashed by locals in #Asansol.The OC has been brought in after both his legs were broken by locals! This is how we are thanking our #CovidWarriors for risking their lives & protecting us. No arrests yet. Shameful! pic.twitter.com/TkogIF534P— Sreyashi Dey (@SreyashiDey) April 14, 2020
Reports show that three people have been tested positive for COVID-19 in Asansol and one death has been reported so far due to the pandemic. .
A similar incident happened in Moradabad on Wednesday where four police officers and two doctors were seriously injured, when people pelted stones on them. The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered to take strict action against the perpetrators under National Security Act (NSA).