DIBRUGARH, April 15 - Close on the heels of the Pengeree police firing incident in Tinsukia district, there was another police firing in Mahabir tea estate near here yesterday.
At least three persons, including a woman sustained bullet injuries in the firing incident. The injured have been identified as Shiba Mal (22), Deepa Mal (42) and Raj Karmakar (25).
The incident occurred when hundreds of people from the tea estate surrounded the house of one Bogen Sonowal at around 7.30 pm after one Raj Karmakar was reportedly beaten up by Sonowal�s son.
Local units of the Assam Tea Tribes Students� Association (ATTSA) and Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) had tried to pacify the crowd but the people, mostly tea garden workers, refused to listen to them.
Arriving at the scene, police too tried to settle the dispute. But the mob reportedly tried to break into Sonowal�s house after which police resorted to firing in which three persons were injured. The injured were later admitted to Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH).
While several organizations condemned the incident, a peace meeting was also held in the tea estate where Deputy Commissioner MS Manivannan and top district and police officials and leaders of the ATTSA and ACMS called upon the people to maintain peace.