Two Hindu students die from WB Police firing after protests over Urdu Imposition

Two Hindu students have reportedly died in police firing during protests over recruitment of Urdu teachers in a West Bengal school.

The incident occurred in Daribhit High School located in Islampur, Uttar (North) Dinajpur district when an arbitrary notice by the school Head Master for recruitment of Urdu teachers was being protested by students and local Hindus as there is not a single student of Urdu language in the school.

One student Rajesh Sarkar was killed in the firing, while another student, Tapas Barman, who was admitted in hospital later succumbed to his injuries. There are reports that Muslim radicals too attacked the protesting Hindus, leaving several of them injured.

Injured WB student (Credit: @PrasunMaitra)

A Facebook video shared by the Bangla-language North Bengal News Portal (NBLive.in) shows how students, including several girls, were protesting when suddenly shots are fired and people can be seen running around in panic. It shows two students being carried on stretchers into a hospital, and even a policeman with a serious head-wound can be seen being taken for treatment.   

HinduPost spoke to Hindu rights activist Shri Prasun Maitra, who confirmed the incident. He also told us that WB Education Minister Partha Chatterjee has hauled up the District Education Officer for this arbitrary recruitment of Urdu teachers without Government approval.


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