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Kolkata police assures enhanced security after shooting outside Bangladesh mission

Kolkata Police has assured the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata of enhanced security in the wake of the shooting by a police constable deployed outside the diplomatic mission, which left a woman dead and two others injured yesterday (June 10, 2022).

The incident took place on Lower Range Road on the rear side of the Deputy High Commission's office in Park Circus locality of central Kolkata when the 28-year-old constable, Chodup Lepcha, fired indiscriminate, wounding seriously 28-year-old Reema Singh.

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Reema, an aspiring physiotherapist, was riding pillion with Bashir Alam Romani on her way back home in Dasnagar locality of Howrah.

Bashir, 49, too was injured and another biker Md Sarfaraz, who was also driving his vehicle at that time, was hit by a bullet on his hip.

Sarfaraz, 19, is a resident of Collin Street in central Kolkata.

Reports said Reema was going back home where her fiancé was supposed to come to meet her family for fixing her wedding date, reports our New Delhi correspondent.

She was seriously wounded by a bullet and was declared brought dead at state-run SSKM Hospital.

The deputy high commission officials had earlier wanted stepped-up security around the mission complex as it was suggested after a security audit by Bangladesh agencies, particularly, because the deputy high commissioner's residence is also located in the same complex.

The mission officials feel there should also be more security for the Bangladesh library and information centre located nearby.