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FIR against Mamata in Cooch Behar for instigating people to gherao central forces

An FIR has been lodged against the CM, alleging she instigated voters to gherao the forces, creating mob frenzy in Sitalkuchi of Cooch Behar

An FIR has been lodged against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a police station, alleging that she instigated voters to gherao central forces and that, in turn, led to the incident of firing in Sitalkuchi and the subsequent death of four persons.

Siddique Ali Mia, the district president of BJP’s minority cell in Cooch Behar, cited the AITC head’s comments during a rally in Banerswar area in his complaint dated 14 April. He claimed that her address provoked people to attack CISF personnel during the fourth phase of state elections.

Mia attached a video clip of Banerjee’s speech to his FIR at Mathabhanga police station.

Trinamool workers and supporters in the village, after being provoked by such provocative statements of Mamata Banerjee, tried to snatch fire arms of the deployed paramilitary forces, Mia said in the FIR.

“The said villagers including women launched attack upon the paramilitary forces with the intention of causing bodily injury, knowing it to be likely to cause death of the deployed paramilitary forces,” he wrote in the FIR.

The BJP leader, when contacted, said he would launch a massive protest demanding the chief minister’s arrest, if the police “sit idle” on the FIR in the next few days.

“She is solely responsible for the death of those four people. She is answerable to all the voters of our district,” Mia stated.

At least four persons died outside a polling booth in Sitalkuchi assembly constituency on 10 April when CISF personnel opened fire in “self defence” allegedly after coming under attack from locals.

The Election Commission had suspended the voting exercise at the booth following the incident.

In its statement, the EC said, “The joint report of the two special observers has been received … wherein they interalia stated that recourse to open fire by the CISF personnel became absolutely necessary in order to save the lives of the voters lined up at the polling booth, those of other polling personnel and their own lives as the mob had attempted snatching their weapons.”

The poll panel had banned political leaders from entering the district for three days. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met the family members of those killed in the firing on 14 April.

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