A police sub-inspector was shot dead and another man injured in firing by miscreants during a clash between student activists of the TMC and the Congress at a college yesterday. Two accused were arrested.

Condemning the incident, CM Mamata Banerjee said shooting a police officer was not democracy. “Democracy does not mean terror,” she said at a meeting in Nandigram of East Midnapore district.

Tapas Chowdhury, a sub-inspector attached to the city police’s Special Branch, was shot at from close range while trying to control the clashing students in Harimohan Ghose College in the Garden Reach area of west Kolkata.

The violence erupted over the issue of picking up nomination forms for the students’ union election, police said. Suddenly, crude bombs were hurled and there was also gun fire, said DCP of port division VS Nesakumar.