Mob turned violent after police vehicle killed a boy in Durgapur

Police at Amrai More Durgapur talking to locals

Amrai More of Durgapur, barely 12 Km from City Centre turned violent on Sunday (17th March) after the killing of a class VII boy by a speeding police vehicle. At around 3 PM a TATA Sumo sporting a police sticker seemingly lost control, swerved to the left, rammed into a road side tea stall at Amrai More and killed a 13 year boy sitting inside, leading to clashes between policemen and villagers in which 16 people were injured. The boy has been identified as Sourav Pal. The body got crushed so badly that he could not be easily recognized.

Damaged police vehicle at Amrai of Durgapur

The driver of the jeep and a passenger managed to flee. The local people started agitating and placed the body in the middle of the road. Seeing such an act of a child’s death, the locals got angry and turned violent. They damaged the vehicle and blocked the road. They alleged it to be a case of rash driving under the influence of alcohol.
A mobile police jeep arrived within 15 minutes but left as the residents pelted stones at it. At around 3.30 PM, 35 policemen in six mobile patrol vans arrived and tried to chase away the mob with batons. But the agitators attacked the policemen with stones and bricks. Four policemen were injured. A large police force led by assistant commissioner of police, East, S Silva Murugan arrived and bursted seven rounds of tear gas shells and fired 13 rounds of rubber bullets to disperse the violent mob.
The situation came under control at around 5 PM. Four more police vans were damaged. Ten local people, including two women were injured. 4 policemen also suffered minor injuries.
ACP (East) S Silva Murugan said, “The jeep did not belong to the Asansol-Durgapur police but it was from a different district. The matter would be probed. The driver is on the run.” The officer further added by saying, “We are yet to ascertain whether the person driving the vehicle was a police officer or a driver employed by the department.”

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