Six policemen, including an officer, were suspended on Friday for Thursday’s firing near Krishnapur High School in Islampur, North Dinajpur, in which one person was killed and four people, including two students, injured. A 12-hour bandh was called by all political parties including the CPM, Trinamool Congress and Congress in the area on Friday.
“I have received a verbal report from Jalpaiguri Divisional Commissioner A K Singh and a Magistrate Enquiry has been ordered. If it is found that there are other people who were responsible for the firing, they too will be punished,” Home Secretary Samar Ghosh told The Indian Express in Kolkata. He added that the government would consider giving compensation to the next of kin of Dipak Mridha, father of a student of the school who had come to look for his daughter and died in the police firing.
The 12-hour bandh paralysed normal life in Islampur. On Friday villagers set on fire the vehicles that had been half-burnt on Thursday and were still standing beside the road. Fire services men were rushed to the spot. ASP Annappa E said security forces had been deployed and described the situation as tense but normal.
Singh, who had visited the area after the incident on Thursday, pointed out that the police had gone to Krishanpur High School without taking adequate security measures. They had failed to assess the situation as a school was located there, he explained. The block land and land revenue officer (BLRO) and officials went to the school with five police constables to measure a playground next to the school, over a part of which there was an ownership dispute between the school authorities and a local resident, Ganesh Guin. Singh said the police should have taken an adequate number of men to the spot.