Kolkata: Clashes broke out Monday between two groups of people over control of a construction site in the southern part of this city. The clashes left at least eight injured with two of them critical, a senior police officer said. Sources on the other hand, said that it was a clash between two groups of people affiliated to the Trinamool Congress (TMC).
Six people were arrested in connection with the ‘brawl that took place in two-to three phases’ near TMC MP Sougata Roy’s residence in the Lake Gardens area, the officials said.
“We are looking for others involved in the incident. A huge team of Kolkata Police’s Anti Rowdy Section (ARS) are currently monitoring the situation in the area,” the officer informed.
“There is a new construction happening in the area. An old house is being demolished. The two groups engaged in scuffles to exert control of the construction site. Members from both the groups have suffered injuries,” he added.
According to police sources, members of the two groups or syndicates allegedly bore allegiance to the ruling TMC. In West Bengal, syndicates, allegedly under the patronage of the ruling party, control the construction business. These syndicates apparently force promoters and contractors to buy construction materials, often of inferior quality, at high prices.
Roy on the other hand, expressed sadness at the turn of events. “I have not seen such clashes in this area before. Such incidents were unheard of (in this area) even during the Railway Colony movement or the Naxalite period. I have been a resident of this area for more than 60 years. I had to call the local police and seek their intervention,” Roy said. “Disagreements over distribution of dividends have led to the clash,” he added.
Roy also informed that the incident has left senior citizens living in the locality rattled.