Kolkata: Work at the New Garia Metro terminal and East-West Metro’s Phoolbagan stations, which had been stalled for the past few days over allegations of extortion and armed vandalism, resumed on Monday under police watch.
The two attacks at the two crucial Metro sites had not gone down well with the state administration, with police stations in respective areas being alerted against any unrest, a government official said. DGP Virendra himself sought constant cop presence at the two sites.
Around 5.15pm on Monday, six armed cops from the Sonarpur police station arrived at the New Garia site, where a permanent police outpost was set up. Three days earlier, labourers and the guards at the site, which is next to the Kabi Subhas station, were attacked by armed hooligans. Following complaints, two locals goons, Hansha and Tukai, were arrested but just a day later, a gang struck again and made away with raw materials. After the first day’s attack, most workers fled, and those who stayed back, refused to work without adequate security despite repeated requests from Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), implementing the New Garia-Airport corridor.