March 11, 2002, Chandigarh, India
VHP activist killed in police firing
Canning (WB), March 10
Trouble erupted, when VHP activists who had congregated since last night at Harisabha Mandir near Taldih railway station, 60 km from here, to perform a yajna and organise a dharma sabha, started raising slogans after being denied permission by the police to go ahead with their plans.
After the police began dispersing the mob by lathi charge and using teargas, the mob started pelting stones at the security personnel defying the prohibitory order prompting them to open fire, IG (Law and order) Chayan Mukherjee said. The police fired 20 rounds in which one person was killed on the spot.
The VHP tonight demanded a judicial probe into the incident. The organisation, in a statement, also demanded punishment of the guilty policemen and compensation for the family of the victim and for the injured.
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