Violence rocked Cooch Behar’s Sitalkuchi meeting constituency in poll-bound West Bengal on Saturday leading to 5 casualties. An 18-year-old first-time voter was reportedly shot useless whereas in one other incident, 4 individuals had been killed, police officers mentioned. Polling at Cooch Behar’s Sitalkuchi station has been adjourned whereas the Election Commission has sought a report within the matter by 5 pm.
According to information company ANI, CISF opened hearth exterior a polling sales space through the fourth part of meeting elections within the state which resulted in such big violence amid polling.
However, CISF has issued a clarification over the problem and acknowledged that the safety forces had been attacked by an enormous mob and the firing was achieved in self defence.
The CISF assertion learn,” around 9:35 am on Saturday, near Booth No 126, QRT( Quick Reaction Team) of CISF 567/C headed by Coy Commander Insp/E Sunil Kumar was attacked by a mob of miscreants about 50 to 60 in numbers while they were taking a round of area along with local police representative to clear public who was resisting voters from reaching polling booths. In the melee, one child fell down and miscreants started damaging the vehicle of QRT and attacked the QRT personnel. QRT reacted in self-defense and fired six rounds in the air to disperse the Mob. Shri Deepak Kumar, DC Adhoc Comdt of 567 CISF reached the spot and pacified the mob. He then left.
The statement further said, “After an hour, one other group of mob ( approx 150) joined in and reached Booth No 186 and began manhandling the polling employees on obligation at Booth. Firstly, they beat up the Home Guard and Asha employees who had been current on the obligation on the sales space. CISF Booth Comdr tried to pacify the miscreants however the mob entered the polling sales space and additional began the opposite polling employees on obligation. Few miscreants tried to grab the weapons of CISF personnel deployed there. As a outcome, CISF personnel fired two rounds within the air however the mob did not pay any heed to the warning.”
“In the meantime, QRT of CISF and police additionally reached the spot. The mob additional began advancing aggressively in the direction of CISF personnel, subsequently sensing imminent hazard to their life, they fired 7 extra rounds in the direction of the
advancing mob of miscreants. While the above incident was happening, extra police events additionally arrived on the sales space. It is reported that in self-defence additionally they fired few rounds. As a outcome, few miscreants had been injured and instantly the mob dispersed. The polling was halted. More police personnel have reached the spot. It is reported that 5 to six miscreants have sustained deadly accidents and additional they succumbed to accidents.”
‘Didi & Her Goons Are Rattled Seeing Support For BJP, Stooped To This Level’: PM Modi On Violence In WB
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said during a rally in Bengal’s Siliguri that the violence in Cooch Behar during the fourth phase election in West Bengal in which four voters, including an 18-year-old, were shot dead in separate incidents, was very unfortunate.
“My condolences are with their members of the family. Didi and her goons have turn out to be jittery seeing the individuals’s help in favour of the BJP. Seeing her rule coming to an finish, didi has stooped to this degree. But I wish to make it clear to the TMC that this may not work in Bengal. I urge the ECI to take stern actions in opposition to the responsible within the Cooch Behar case,” PM Modi said adding, “This violence, inciting individuals in opposition to the central forces and creating hindrances within the ballot course of will not have the ability to prevent didi”.
TMC demands Amit Shah’s resignation
Meanwhile, TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee accused BJP of conspiracy over the Cooch Behar incident and TMC leaders will take out March demanding Home Minister Amit Shah’s resignation over the same issue. “Four of our harmless employees have been killed on directions of Amit Shah. We will take out the protest march tomorrow at a number of areas and all of us will put on black badges. We nonetheless don’t know the names of those that fired at our employees,” mentioned Subrata Mukherjee
(with inputs from Manogya Loiwal)