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Cops arrested for ‘misfire’ death

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 29, 2009

Kurseong, July 28: Four constables have been arrested in connection with the death of a 27-year-old man when a service revolver went off at a house in Nayabazar last night. The fifth accused is yet to be picked up.

The four have been booked under Sections 302 (murder) and 34 (criminal act with a common intention) of the IPC. The fifth, Tezendra Ghalay, is a sub-inspector of police. All of them are posted at the Kurseong police station.

Dilip Chettri, Shanta Rai, Vijay Pradhan and Saroj Chettri were produced in the court of the additional chief judicial magistrate in Kurseong today and remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.

“Ghalay will surrender soon,” said Rakesh Singh, the subdivisional police officer of Kurseong.

Pratibha Pradhan said Barun Sharma, her cousin, had brought the five policemen to her house around 9.30pm yesterday. “He said they wanted to drink water. I was in the kitchen, when a shot rang out. I hurried back to the room where they were sitting and saw Barun lying in a pool of blood. The policemen took him to the hospital where he was declared brought dead,” she said.

The bullet had struck Barun, a day labourer who stayed in the house next to Pratibha’s, on the back. He is survived by two sisters who are married. Singh confirmed that the five policemen were on duty at the time of the incident. “Ghalay had a sore on his hip and since the revolver was hurting him, he had taken it off the holster and kept it on the table. At that time Pradhan started fiddling with the revolver. By chance he pressed the trigger button and the bullet went off and hit Sharma,” Singh said.

Last night around 200 residents of Nayabazar surrounded the Kurseong police station for three-and-a-half hours, demanding the arrest of the accused. The mob also burnt down a police booth at Kurseong Motor Stand.

A poster signed by “Kurseong Public” and put up at the motor stand this morning, demanded Ghalay’s arrest within 24 hours. “Otherwise the public will take to the streets and call a bandh in the subdivision,” the poster read.

Source:The Telegraph

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