Clash Between Lawyers And Civic Staff at Howrah Court: NHRC Takes Suo Motu Cognisance of Police Action
A scene of Howrah court and NHRC. (Photo Credit: File)

Kolkata, April 26: A day after the media reported of West Bengal policemen hit lawyers and staff of the Howrah district court and employees of the Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) with batons, National Human Rights Commission has taken a suo motu cognisance on Friday. The NHRC has also sought a report from the West Bengal government on this matter, say sources.

According to the incident, around 20 people were injured after being hit by flying stones and police batons during the clash on Mahatma Gandhi Road, while they were protesting over parking of vehicles at the civic headquarters. In the clash, civic employees Ranjib Halder and Ashish Dinda and lawyers Sujan Bhakt and S Chakrabarty sustained have been admitted to hospital with head injuries. ‘West Bengal Is Like What Bihar Was 10–15 Years Back’, Says Special Poll Observer Ajay V Nayak.

Due to the clash, the court didn't function for most of the day. Those inside the corporation building were trying to figure out how to leave as all the gates were locked. Even the vehicles were not allowed on some of the roads leading to the court and the civic office from well before noon. Following this, people were forced to walk long stretches and others to take a detour. Police had stated that they were able to control the situation around 8:30 pm on April 24, which triggered at around 10:30 am.