Kolkata campus clash: Slain cop’s daughter asks why he was not allowed to use gun

Feb 13, 2013

The daughter of sub-inspector Tapas Chowdhury, who lost his life during clashes between student wings of the Trinamool Congress and the Congress at Kolkata's Harimohan Ghosh College, has spoken out and has expressed her resentment over restrictions on cops by political establishment over using their weapons.

Times of India reports that police sources said the slain SI's daughter Tanushree accosted commissioner RK Pachnanda in hospital and said: "You sent my father in uniform to face goons. You gave him a gun but not the right to use it. If you had, he'd be alive today."

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Chowdhury was killed while trying to prevent clashes between two groups of students during the filing of nomination papers for college elections at the college in Garden Reach, south Kolkata.

Given the tense situation in the college, there was heavy police security on the campus. However, soon after the college offices opened for the process the Congress students' union started shouting slogans.

The Trinamool students' faction retaliated and crude bombs were hurled in presence of the police.

The police had to fire rounds in the air to disperse the crowd. SI Tapas Chowdhury was shot at in the firing and he was rushed to the CMRI hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The Times of India report quoted Tanushree as saying "He was a brave man. If his superiors had allowed him to charge at the men who were running towards him with weapons, he would have beaten them back."

Trinamool minister Firhad Hakim said that goons, who were not part of the college, were involved in the ruckus and they were the ones who had resorted to the bombing and violence.

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