Mothabari heading towards normalcy, situation under control, claim police

Report by: 
SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
9 Aug 2017

Law and order situation at six gram panchayet areas did not deteriorate further after section 144 of CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) was imposed at those areas under Mothabari police station on Tuesday.
District administration did not delay to take the decision as some groups were allegedly trying to disrupt law and order following death of a minor girl in a road accident and lynching of a tractor-driver thereafter. It may be mentioned that a school girl studying in class IX on her way to school was run over by a speeding tractor at Panchanandapur area under Mothabari police station on August 7. An infuriated mob caught the driver and started beating him from pillar to post. The tractor was torched too.
Mortally injured driver succumbed to his injuries in Malda Medical College & Hospital the next day. Relatives and neighbours of the deceased driver started violent agitation asking explanations from police as to why instead of legal procedure the driver was thrashed to death. Stones were allegedly pelted at the police personnel when they went to disperse the mob. Later, larger contingents of police rushed to the spot to control the situation. Sensing that some disruptive people might take opportunity of the situation, district administration in consultation with police administrations imposed section 144 of CrPC for 72 hours at six gram panchayet areas under Mothabari police station yesterday.
Tension gradually subsided following the prompt action of the administration. Police officials informed that after 48 hours situation was under control. Police personnel were dominating different areas. Section 144 is likely to be either withdrawn or relaxed after 72 hours.