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Police reached the spot and resorted to lathicharge while the crowd started throwing stones. A group of protesters attacked the SDPO's residence, which is 500 metres away. They ransacked the office of SDPO Dr Sailesh and started climbing up to the first-floor residence, where his wife and baby were staying. Sailesh, who was on duty at the spot, rushed to his residence. The police climbed to the roof and fired three rounds, targeting the mob.
Three villagers sustained bullet injuries. Of the trio, Ashok Sen (35) was declared brought dead at the Tehatta hospital.
As news of the death spread, the mob set six police vehicles on fire and attacked the forces. Eight police personnel including the SDPO were injured.
Surajeet Kar Purakayastha, ADG, Law and Order, said, "There was an unfortunate incident in Tehatta where police personnel were forced to open fire in self-defence. Police fired three rounds after a mob attacked the SDPO's residence-cum-office. There was a dispute over land between two communities. The local administration intervened to settle the issue. However, today, a huge crowd gathered and blocked the state highway. After police tried to disperse the mob, they attacked the SDPO's residence. One person who sustained bullet injury was declared brought dead. We have ordered a magisterial inquiry. The government will give compensation to the victim's family."
Sabyasachi Raman Mishra, SP of Nadia, denied comment. SDPO Sailesh said, "I was at the spot. We had to resort to lathicharge. Suddenly a group attacked my residence. They ransacked my office, pelted stones and hurled bombs at my residence. My guards had to open fire as the agitators were carrying firearms."
The SDPO, who joined duty in Tehatta on October 2, has decided to shift his family to Krishnagar.
Locals said the dispute had been settled but the police were withholding permission for the puja. "Yesterday, when the police refused permission, people decided to hold a peaceful demonstration today. But the police compelled them to resort to violence," said Abhijit Adhikary, a local resident.