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Mamata injured accidentally; no conspiracy involved

Mamata Banerjee had herself contradicted her initial narration of the Nandigram incident of 10 March two days later when no eyewitness corroborated her claim of an attack

The incident in Nandigram which caused injury to West Bengal chief minister was an accident and not a planned attack, report of two poll observers submitted to the EC on 13 March.

The incident which took place at Birulia bazar in in East Midnapore district on 10 March after Banerjee filed her nomination had taken place “suddenly” though a “conspiracy theory” was spoken about, the report prepared by special observer Ajay Nayak and special police observer Vivek Dubey to West Bengal for the state election stated, a source at the CEO office said.

The report said Banerjee was injured due to the suddenness of the incident.
“The incident was not a planned attack but an accident. It had taken place suddenly”, the source said quoting the report.

About the injury to Banerjee, who is the TMC supremo, in the incident, the report said that “the suddenness of the incident led to it. “There was no conspiracy behind the incident.”

The report took into account the details provided by eye witnesses present during the incident as well as the video grabs collected from them.

It referred to the failure of the police personnel in-charge of the chief minister’s security in controlling the crowd which came “too close” to her.

“The local police and CM’s security failed to control the crowd and that led to the untoward situation,” the source said referring to the report.

Following the incident, state ADG (Law and Order) and nodal officer Jagmohan on Saturday directed all district administrations to arrange for the strictest security measures for the chief minister during her tours for campaigning in the districts for the eight-phase poll beginning on 27 March.

Meanwhile, state chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay in a reply to the EC for a detailed report stated that the cause of the incident at was “not clear from the video grab” collected from the place.

A second report was submitted on Saturday evening after the EC called the one submitted on 12 March by the state administration “sketchy” and asked the state administration to furnish a detailed one.

“The CM’s vehicle was passing through a crowded area. It was then that there was a push on the door of her car. But it’s not clear whether the push was deliberate or not. The video grabs collected are not very clear,” a source at the CEO said quoting Bandopadhyay’s second report.

The chief secretary was learnt to have attached one video grab along with the report, he added.

The EC had sought reports from the state government as well as the two observers on the incident. The state administration had submitted its report on 12 March.

Election to the 294 assembly seats in West Bengal will be held between 27 March and 29 April. Votes will be counted on 2 May.

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