Kolkata: BJP supporters allegedly vandalised Gurap police station on Thursday in the name of submitting deputation regarding an incident, which took place on Wednesday night.According to the police, several police personnel were injured as BJP supporters pelted stones at the police station. According to sources, on Wednesday night, the on-duty officer at Gurap police station was informed about a person who suffered a head injury after a clash broke out between the BJP and the Trinamool Congress at Bathangaria village. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaIn the clash, a Trinamool worker reportedly suffered a head injury and was rushed to Chinsura Imambara Hospital. After the police was informed, a team from Gurap police station went to Bathangaria to investigate the case. While going to the village, the police saw a bike parked on a narrow road blocking vehicle movement. When a policeman asked the owner of the bike to remove the vehicle, he allegedly used abusive language to address the officer. The police officer warned the man who called local residents stating that police were harassing him. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSoon, several villagers gathered and started assaulting police personnel. It is alleged that when a villager tried to snatch the service revolver from the police officer, a bullet was fired accidentally. The bullet hit the chest of a man identified as Joychand Malik. As soon as villagers saw Malik falling on the ground, they started beating up the police personnel and vandalised the police van. After a while another police van reached the area to rescue their colleagues. This van was also vandalised. Police personnel somehow managed to run from the spot. Later a huge police force went to the spot brought the situation under control. On Thursday, the BJP alleged that the police intentionally fired and went to Gurap police station to submit a deputation. They started pelting stones on police personnel and police station. Two police vans were vandalised. At least seven police personnel were injured. Later huge police force along with Rapid Action Force (RAF) fired tear gas shells and brought the situation under control. No one has been arrested till Thursday night. “We are probing the matter. The bullet was fired accidentally when some villagers tried to snatch the service revolver from the officer,” said Sukhendu Hira, Superintendent of Police (SP) of Hooghly (rural) District Police.
The Ambassador said that as a result of the incidents where it was discovered that social media and messaging platforms were being used not only to incite and spread hate and false messages but also to organise attacks, the Government was compelled to impose temporary restrictions on the use of social media. The Ambassador said that Sri Lanka has been and continues to engage actively with UN systems and procedures and across all agencies at all levels.He also drew reference to the recent incidents that took place in Kandy targeting members of the Muslim community who he says represent an integral part of the pluralistic society of Sri Lanka.“These cowardly acts instigated by some organised groups and individuals who have no place in the democratic, pluralistic society of our country. Such acts go against our shared vision of a Sri Lanka where equal rights and rule of law are guaranteed for all. We are determined to take action against all perpetrators of these incidents in accordance with the due process of the law. Victim compensation processes have already commenced; and arrests have been made as well,” he said. “We envisage a Counter Terrorism Act that conforms to human rights safeguards and other international standards and we expect the draft legislation to be gazetted for tabling in Parliament for consideration, once the established procedures including translation into local languages are completed, shortly,” he said, All these restrictions have now been lifted. Aryasinha says the Government, as a result of this experience, has now entered into active engagement with social media operators, particularly Facebook, to work on the prevention of hate speech. (Colombo Gazette) Speaking further, Aryasinha said that the Cabinet of Ministers, on 6 March 2018, approved the formulation of legislation by the Legal Draftsman, for the establishment by law of an Office for Reparations.He said that once the draft legislation with translations into local languages is finalised, the draft Bill is expected to be gazetted. Aryasinha was speaking when the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Report of Sri Lanka was adopted at the UNHRC in Geneva during the 37th annual session today. The Sri Lankan Government informed the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today that progress has been made on a new Counter Terrorism Act.The Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva, Ravinatha Aryasinha said that progress has been made in the drafting of a new Counter Terrorism legislation.