Death toll reaches to 2 after a clash between students and police, 10 injured

Dwarivita High School of Islampur in North Dinajpur district of West Bengal turned into a battleground after violent clash erupted between students and police. Two died while 10 injured in clash. A 12-hour bandh was called by BJP in the district today in response to the incident.

On Thursday (20th September), students of Dwarivita High School were protesting against the posting of two teachers for urdu and in demand of posting a Bengali medium teacher instead.

After getting the information about the agitation, Islampur police rushed to the spot and when they forcibly tried to stop the protest, the student started pelting stones and bricks on police.

To stop the protest from getting violent further, Police had to use lathi charge and fired rubber bullet shots and tear-gas to disperse the protesters. It is reported that the police had to fire later, which led to the death of an alumnus of the school. The deceased was identified as Rajesh Sarkar (27).

In this incident, 27-year-old, former student of the same school Rajesh Sarkar died on the spot and earlier today around 4 am, Tapas Barman died during treatment at North Bengal Medical College and Hospital (NBMCH) Siliguri. While Ten people were injured, including four police officials.

According to the media reports, two Urdu teachers were posted in Dwarivita High School. But because of not having any Urdu medium student in the school, the students were agitating in demand for the appointment of teacher for Bengali medium.

Earlier, the students of Dwarivita High School of Islampur blocked Islampur-Dwarivita state road in protest. The Students alleged that two teachers have been appointed for Urdu, while in the school there is a need of Bengali teacher.

The protest was withdrawn later that day after the assurance of the Principal of the school. But on thursday when two urdu medium teachers came to work, the students started agitating again after which the situation went out of control.

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