Calcutta HC Issues Stay Order In North Dinajpur DM Attack Probe

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Kolkata: Calcutta High Court on Friday asked police not to proceed till further orders with their probe against three Raiganj schoolteachers accused of assaulting the local SDO during a protest against the death of a colleague while on rural poll duty.

Justice Shivkant Prasad posted the matter for further to June 15 in his interim order. Three of those accused of assaulting the SDO, T.N. Sherpa, had moved the high court seeking to have the proceedings against them quashed. The trio’s lawyers claimed in court that they had been falsely implicated.

Schoolteacher Raj Kumar Roy, the presiding officer at a polling booth in Sonapur Primary School in North Dinajpur’s Itahar, went missing on polling day on May 14.

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The next day, Roy’s mutilated body was found beside railway tracks in Sondangi, located around 9km from Raiganj town in North Dinajpur.

The incident led to protests by government employees, especially schoolteachers. On May 16, they staged a road blockade and demonstration in Raiganj, demanding security at counting centres and alleging that Roy had been murdered.

As SDO Sherpa went to the spot to talk with them, a section of the demonstrators attacked him. He was abused and assaulted. The SDO filed a complaint with the police, following which, seven persons, including three teachers, were arrested.

All are out on bail now. Three of them, Sanjit Kumar Das and two others, moved a petition before Justice Prasad on Friday. Following the petition, the judge issued the interim order and fixed the matter for hearing in detail on June 15.

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