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Three injured in group clash at school function

Statesman News Service | Behrampore |

At least three students were injured following a clash between two groups of revellers on Thursday night during the golden jubilee celebration of a higher secondary school in Murshidabad district, sources said. A gang of miscreants allegedly fired several rounds but no one was hit.

Violence broke out at the premises of Lalnagar High School in Hariharpara block last night when students, their guardians, school officials, political activists and residents of several villages around the school were taking part in a musical event.

The students undergoing treatment at Medical College and Hospital at Behrampore alleged that they were attacked and beaten up by the goons. No one has been arrested in connection with the incident, police said.

It was alleged that some of the audience turned wild as revelry ran high with one celebrity singer performing on stage. It was the concluding programme of the school’s golden jubilee celebration where some girls and women became the victims of eve-teasing, said Safiul Hasan, president of Lalnagar High School’s management committee. Attempt to isolate the trouble makers from the bona-fide spectators triggered violence but reports of firing are false, Hasan said.

Hariharpara MLA, Haji Niyamat Sheikh of Trinamul Congress, who inaugurated the programme, said it was an untoward incident. An conflict between two villages, Lalnagar and Nawpara, divided by the Bhandardaha rivulet, might have caused the violence, sources said.

Some school officials, requesting anonymity, said that some miscreants, who were in a drunken state, fired several rounds with illegal firearms causing panic. “Any of the students could have been hit by stray bullets but we were lucky,” said one employee of the school.

Teachers of the school said they lost access to Nawpara ferry-ghat as people of the village closed down ferry services on Friday. “People of Nawpara have threatened us with dire consequences if we use the road to their ferry-ghat. Now, we do not know how to reach the school,” said a teacher. The Hariharpara MLA said that all possible measures would be taken to pacify the agrieved villagers and reopen the ferry ghat.

Mr Hasan said that local residents on Friday embarked on voluntary service to build a bamboo bridge between Lalnagar ghat and a point near Kumrodaha ghat, that would serve as an alternative to the closed ferry ghat at Nawpara.