Suri (WB): At least 27 policemen, and six villagers were injured in pitched battles on Tuesday in West Bengal's Birbhum district, officials said.

Residents of the Loba village in the Khairasole police station area attacked the police party which went there early on Tuesday to recover a earth-moving machine of a project which was forcibly kept by the villagers.

West Bengal Home secretary Basudeb Banerjee told reporters in Kolkata that 27 policemen and six villagers were injured in the clash.

He said that the police did not resort to firing and had shown patience. Banerjee said that DVC-EMTA was working on a project there and some dispute with the local people following which the villagers kept the earth-moving machine.

He said that the injured were being treated at Suri hospital and Burdwan medical college hospital. The home secretary said that the district magistrate has been asked to take steps to resolve the problem through dialogue.

(Agencies)

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