Bullet fired from constable's service-rifle hurts woman civic volunteer in Malda

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EOI CORRESPONDENT
MALDA
11 Jul 2017

Firing by a woman constable in English Bazaar women’s police station premises injured a woman civic volunteer on Monday night. Banashri Mandal, 29, the injured civic volunteer was admitted to Malda medical college and hospital (MMCH) and is now out of danger.
Although no police official was available for comment, sources in the district police department informed that primary enquiry revealed that firing by the woman constable Shyamali Karmakar was merely accidental. “Mandal of Mohanpara village near Amrity under English Bazar police station was having chit-chats with Karmakar, who was posted on sentry-duty last night. The face of her service-rifle was downward. While talking to Mandal, Karmakar’s fingers were fell on trigger. A bullet immediately rushed out to hit Mandal’s right foot,” sources said. Sound of firing gathered other police personnel as well as those who were in quarter nearby. Mandal was taken to MMCH. Her condition is stated to be stable now.
Neither the injured civic volunteer nor the constable agreed to speak on the matter. All senior officials of district police also remained tightlipped over the incident. But it has been learnt from sources that inspector-in-charge of women’s police station Sharbari Bhattacharya was asked to submit a report regarding the firing in police station premises. “On receipt of the report from the IC, the matter would be probed into,” said a senior cop official on condition of anonymity.