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Siliguri: Two Congress workers have suffered bullet injuries allegedly after the police opened fire on them at Chopra in North Dinajpur district.

The incident took place at Chopra’s Chopramari village. The two injured have been identified as Samirul Islam and Ariful Islam. They are now battling for life in the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital in Siliguri.

Trouble began after a group of Congress workers attacked the house of Trinamool worker Naimul Haque on Wednesday night. This is because Haque had attacked some Congress workers during the recently concluded Panchayat poll.

Leaning about this, cadres a team from Chopra police station went to Chopramari village to nab the accused. This led to a confrontation with Congress cadres, who soon started hurling brickbats and crude bombs at the police.

It was during this that the police allegedly opened fire, injuring the two Congress workers. Chopra block Congress president Ashok Roy said that police started assaulting the villagers without any provocation and this escalated the situation.

North Dinajpur superintendent of police Shyam Singh, however, has denied that police opened fire on the Congress workers. “Cadres of two political parties were fighting and this led to the two being hit by a bullet. Police only contained the violence,” the SP claimed.