Appealing to people to remain calm, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday alleged armed central police shot dead people standing in a queue to vote in Sitalkuchi.
The chief minister speaking at at a public meeting here, asked Union Home Minister Amit Shah to explain why five lives were lost in central forces’ firing in Sitalkuchi in Coochbehar district during fourth phase of polling.
Claiming she had long apprehended such a situation after watching the “high handedness” of central forces for long, Banerjee said “after killing so many people they (Election Commission) are saying the firing was in self defence. They should feel ashamed. This is a lie.”
Four people were killed as CISF personnel opened fire after coming under attack from locals who “attempted to snatch their rifles” outside a polling booth in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district on Saturday.
“As per preliminary reports, four persons were killed as CISF personnel opened fire after coming under attack by locals in the area,” Bengal ADGP said
Banerjee will hold a protest rally in Cooch Behar tomorrow against today’s firing incident in which four people died, reports news agency ANI.
“She will visit the houses of all those who were killed today,” says TMC MP Saugata Roy.
“Our party workers will hold protests in every block and ward of West Bengal over the firing in Cooch Behar.”
Election Commission stopped polling at Sitalkuchi polling station after the death of four in firing by central forces. “Commission hereby orders adjourning the poll in PS 126* of Sitalkurchi AC, Cooch Behar based on interim report from Special Observers. Detailed reports are sought from them and CEO by 5 pm today,” said the poll panel.
Voting for the fourth phase of the West Bengal Assembly elections is underway and 52.89 per cent turnout recorded till 1:30 pm, according to the election commission.