A woman's fingers were chopped off and her son was seriously injured after being attacked allegedly by their neighbour following an argument over the woman's cattle grazing in the neighbour's paddy field at Baisnabnagar in West Bengal's Malda district on Sunday. A senior police officer said the woman and her son have been admitted to a hospital after lodging of an FIR against the neighbour Harun Seikh and seven other persons at Baisnabnagar police station. The seven persons had allegedly provoked Sheikh following which he had an altercation with the woman over her cattle grazing in his farmland. "Sheikh allegedly attacked the woman with a sharp-edged weapon when she argued," the woman alleged in her FIR with the police. The names of the woman and her son were withheld by the officer.
Meanwhile, the attending doctors at Malda Medical College and Hospital said the woman had her two fingers chopped off while her son had knife wounds on his body. Both are in stable condition now.
The police officer said the neighbours are being questioned to know the exact circumstances and the seven named in the FIR have not been arrested yet.
Neither the woman in her complaint nor the police confirmed the reports in some local TV channels that purportedly showed the woman being stripped and paraded around the village by the accused during the attack.
However, the woman did not confirm the reports in her complaint.
"Such channel reports are baseless," the police officer said.