The trouble started around 8 am when some people blocked a road protesting the police's refusal to allow them hold Jagadhatri Puja at a particular location. Police first lathicharged the crowd which then retaliated violently and set at least two police vehicles on fire. The police then allegedly opened fire. Additional Director of Police, law and order, Surajit Kar Purkayastha said although something had happened but it was not clear if the police had opened fire.
The opposition parties slammed the Mamata Banerjee government over the incident. A magisterial probe has been ordered.
This is the second time in two weeks that the state police have been accused of firing into protesting crowds. Last time, the police opened fire at farmers who were protesting acquisition of land at Dubrajpur in Birbhum district. The state government had denied police firing then but the local police chief was transferred and an inquiry was ordered.