Three cops injured in attack by hawkers in West Bengal

October 2nd, 2008 - 6:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Oct 2 (IANS) At least three police officers were injured and two police vans were set on fire Thursday by hawkers protesting their eviction from pavements in a West Bengal district.The incident took place at Midnapore town in West Midnapore district, about 80 km from Kolkata.

“The district administration and local municipality had earlier requested hawkers of Midnapore town to clear the pavements before Durga Puja. The police Thursday carried out a drive to evict illegal hawker shops in the town. The hawkers, protesting the eviction, clashed with the police,” said Rajesh Singh, the district police superintendent.

“The hawkers threw stones at the police personnel and set ablaze two police vehicles. Twelve hawkers have been arrested so far,” Singh added.

According to district sources, the situation in the town continues to remain tense.

“Additional police personnel have been deployed in the area. Personnel of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) are also patrolling the area,” the official said.

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