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Howrah defies lockdown, violators attack policemen in West Bengal's red zone

Howrah has been categorised under the red zone and the state government is trying to bring down the number of cases to put the city into orange zone within the next 14 days. However, the situation is getting worse with each passing day even as lockdown violators defied lockdown norms in a market and attacked police personnel. 

Howrah defies lockdown, violators attack policemen in West Bengal's red zone
Howrah, First Published Apr 29, 2020, 1:47 PM IST
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Howrah: The district has been declared as a red zone with the increasing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases with each passing day and yet a mob attacked several police personnel who were enforcing the lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus at Tikiapara in Howrah. Three policemen sustained head injuries as the unruly mob attacked them with bricks. 

The incident took place on Tuesday evening around 5 pm near Howrah Police Station, Tikiapara East-West Bypass road, West Bengal. People gathered on Belilious road to shop for fruits and vegetables. The patrolling police requested the people to get back home as they were not adhering to social distancing norms.  

Over a hundred people gathered at the market started hurling bricks and stones at the police personnel. A sub inspector and two policemen sustained injuries on their heads and also the mob vandalised police vehicles. 

Soon after, a large number of policemen, RAF and combat force brought the situation under control. The local MLA Arup Roy said that he is trying his best to follow the orders given by CM Mamata Banerjee and also spread coronavirus awareness among the people of Howrah.   

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