Six policemen were injured in a clash that broke out when CPI(M) and Congress workers went to give a joint petition at Dasgram Panchayat at Sabang in West Midnapore on Friday.
Around 100 supporters of Congress and CPI(M) marched to the panchayat office and were restricted by police from entering the office premises.
Policemen requested them to select two to three representatives who will enter the office to submit the deputation. But they turned down the proposal of the police and tried to break the security barricade.
They beat up some policemen for not allowing them to enter the office.
They damaged a police car and manhandled its driver. Six policemen including the driver were injured. Later a large contingent of police was sent to the spot to bring the situation under control.
Police chased the crowd by wielding lathis at them. The situation led to panic in the area. Children returning from schools were found running to find a safe shelter as the agitators were allegedly pelting stones at the police.
Police has initiated a probe. A senior police officer said that two agitators have been detained and others will be charged for manhandling on-duty public servants. Tarun Roy, district secretary of CPI(M), said that he had no knowledge odf the incident. While the district president of Congress, Bikash Bhuniya said that there was no Congress worker or leaders in the agitation.
It was villagers who went to give deputation in the panchayat office. Trinamool Congress leaders in the district alleged that CPI(M) and Congress leaders are trying to hamper the development activities in the state by creating disturbances in different parts.
Friday’s rally was planned to attack the police. Condemning the incident, a Trinamool Congress leader from the area alleged that CPI(M) leaders are trying to instigate villagers to create trouble by spreading rumours.