Siliguri, Feb 6: At least 15 people, including 12 policemen, were injured in a clash between tribals protesting against the arrest of their four members in Siliguri.
Activists of Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad (ABAVP) gathered in front of the Nagrakata Police Station on Thursday, Feb 5 demanding release four of their members. When police did not release them, the mob turned violent and attacked the police station.
They also torched cars outside the police station and a part of the building was also burnt.
Police resorted to teargas and rubber bullet firing after the lathi charge failed to disperse irate members of the ABAVP.
"We want to ask the administration why we are being given this kind of treatment. Everyone tries to dictate terms to us. If they had not arrested our persons, the incident would not have been happened," said Anil Lakra, a tribal leader.
Reportedly, the four ABAVP leaders were involved in a recent clash with the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM), demanding autonomous State of Gorkhaland in West Bengal.
The clash between GJM and ABAVP took place in mid-January when supporters of the GJM took out a rally in Jan 16.