BJP supporters vandalise Gurap police station

first_imgKolkata: 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.last_img read more

Fundraising Launched in Sweden for Assaulted Moroccan Boy

Tinejdad – After Swedish security guards violently beat a nine-year-old Moroccan boy inside a train station in Malmö in February, people in the city have reportedly started a nationwide fundraising program to support him.According to the Swedish local newspaper Sydsvenskan, “a fundraising campaign was recently launched to help Sami,” the Moroccan boy who was violently assaulted by the Swedish security guards.The same source said that “The funding will also cover the hospital expenses for the boy’s father, who [lives in Morocco] needs to undergo surgery.” “I want to help my father, who needs surgery,” Sami told Sydsvenskan.The assault on Sami made international headlines in February, triggering worldwide indignation.In the video, published on YouTube, a security guard weighing approximately 90 kilos sat on the boy’s chest and pressed his gloved hand violently over the boy’s mouth and nose.The guard slammed the boy’s head against the stone floor, while the child struggled to recite the Shahadah (declaration of faith). read more

Despite withdrawal of most staff essential UN work in Iraq goes on

“We have sufficient staff in-country, national and international staff, to carry out everything that is an essential humanitarian task,” Kevin Kennedy told a news briefing in Baghdad. “Our number of international staff throughout all of Iraq varies from day to day.“We continue to carry out what we think are the most important activities that affect the daily life of Iraqis,” he added. At the height of UN operations this summer there were some 650 international staff in Iraq, but after the 19 August terrorist bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad, which killed 22 people including mission chief Sergio Vieira de Mello, many were withdrawn. Last Friday Secretary-General Kofi Annan ordered a further temporary reduction. Mr. Kennedy said the UN was involved with the Iraqi ministries in the whole food distribution system, “an enormous undertaking” comprising 500,000 tons per month, and was also continuing work in such areas such as water sanitation and the importation of over 600,000 tons of fertilizer for the planting season over the next two months.“As you see, our work continues,” he added. “Obviously, there are some things that we might want to do and that we have to put off or postpone or that we have to have carried out by staff outside the country. Much of that goes to activities like planning for reconstruction; they do not necessarily have to take place in Iraq.” Praising the work of local staff, Mr. Kennedy added: “We have a sizeable national staff component in Iraq that for years has done a fantastic job, often under very difficult conditions. Obviously, this is not a situation that we would want to continue for months and months. We evaluate the situation every day and we make adjustments every day to ensure we can get our job done.” read more