Youth shot at in English Bazaar during scuffle between anti-socials, locals blame illicit liquor-dens

5 Jul 2018

A youth sustained  bullet-injury at Barrack Colony near Malda town railway station today during an armed clash between two gangs of hooligans.  Shyam Malakar, 22, who was shot in the left knee was admitted to Malda medical college & hospital (MMCH). Although no written complaint was lodged so far, English Bazaar police have launched a probe into the incident.
According to sources, Malakar who works as a helper of a lorry-driver stays with his newly married wife at Barrack Colony close to railway station. Today in the morning he went  to a garage to get tyre-tubes of his bicycle air-filled.
According to police two young men who were drunk got engaged in a verbal duel and during the fight one of them whipped out a revolver and fired a bullet at the other. The bullet however hit Malakar who was passing by that side and he fell down. His relatives were informed and he was rushed to MMCH where his condition was stated to be stable.
Mother in law of Malakar said, “My daughter was married to him recently. We know him as an innocent youth for long as he lives at the same locality. He had no enmity with anyone. He became victim of fight between goons.”
Purnendu Kundu, inspector-in-charge of English Bazaar police station said, “No written complaint has yet been lodged in connection with the incident. However, we have initiated a probe into the matter.”
However, locals allege that it was illicit hooch-shops at the locality that cause violence in the area. ``We banged every door so that the menace was stopped but all in vain,' said one of the local people.
Dulal Sarkar, vice chairman of English Bazaar municipality, who lives at the vicinity of the firing spot, vouched for the allegations.. “Police should take stern steps to curb such malpractices to eradicate larger crime at the locality,” he urged. (EOIPC)