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Featured Image: Cooch Behar court in file photo. 

By A Newsman

Cooch Behar, 10 June: A mob of around 1,000 villagers today tried to snatch away five murder accused from the custody of police at Cooch Behar district court.

The mob vandalised a police van in which the accused were brought to the court; they also clashed with police. Five civic police volunteers have been injured in the incident. To contain the violence, district police have sent in reinforcement to the site.

All the accused are Trinamool members, including Kalishankar Roy, an upa-pradhan (deputy head) of the party ruled gram panchayat at Patchara village in Cooch Behar. They were arrested for murdering Trinamool worker Subhash Roy on 18 May after he complained to authorities about corruption in the gram panchayat.

A little before noon today, police brought all the accused to the court for production at the end of a 10-day police remand. As soon as a police van rolled into the court premises, around 1,000 villagers who were demonstrating since morning, turned violent.

Demanding that the accused be handed over to them, the mob broke windowpanes of the police van and tried to snatch away the prime accused Kalishankar Roy. Policemen soon swung into action and resisted the move, leading to a clash with the mob.

Police somehow managed to whisk away the accused from the mob and rushed them into the court lockup. Reinforcement from Cooch Behar police line arrived a little later and quelled the violence.

But post noon, when the accused were again being taken out of the court for 14-days jail custody, the agitators turned violent again demanding that the court should hang them right away. The large number of police personnel, however, managed to take out the accused unhurt keeping the agitators at bay.