CRIME WATCH: Cop’s blade attack – how the ‘high’ and mighty fall

CRIME WATCH: Cop’s blade attack – how the ‘high’ and mighty fall – the rot from the top in Bengal, ‘alcoholism disease’ and ‘personality change’ not understood ?!!


Cooch Behar, July 18: An allegedly intoxicated constable slashed his colleague’s throat at the police barracks here yesterday, the “fragging” attempt coming a day after a drunk head constable gunned down six CRPF men at a camp in Jharkhand.

Balraj Tamang, in his mid-fifties and posted at the traffic police department, was arrested today after the victim, Subir Sarkar, a constable with the district combat force, filed an FIR last night. His condition is stable.

“Around 1pm, Balraj told Subir that he had lost his cellphone. He accused Subir, who was cooking lunch, of stealing it. When Subir protested, an intoxicated Balraj took out a blade and slashed his throat,” said a policeman at the barracks.

“We captured Balraj who was still fuming and took Subir to the police hospital.” Subir was shifted to MJN Hospital later where doctors said his condition was stable. “It was a minor injury with no damage to the oesophagus,” a doctor attending to him said.

The incident has created resentment in the rank and file. “Balraj remains intoxicated while on duty. On Friday, he had assaulted an NBSTC employee after a quarrel. He has a tendency to take undue advantages from traders at the market,” a policeman said.

Deputy superintendent of police (headquarters) Arindam Sarkar said: “Preliminary investigations reveal that the accused had attacked the other constable but we need to interrogate him further.”

Undertrial escapes – the cost of alcoholism disease or deeper frustration at the system ?!!


Cooch Behar, July 18: An undertrial prisoner, who was being treated in the police cell of Dinhata Subdivisional Hospital, escaped last night as the on duty constable allegedly was in deep slumber under the influence of alcohol.

The 32-year-old Manik Burman, a resident of Baromasia village in Sitalkuchi block, had been arrested for abduction and rape. “He was a diabetic and was having problems in the urinary tract. He had been under treatment since July 3,” said hospital superintendent Nikhil Chandra Das.

Manik was the only prisoner in the cell. “Since constable Rupesh Rasaily was drunk, he did not sense Manik taking the keys of the cell from the pocket,” said a police source.


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