West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s enchantment to the individuals to focus on safety forces provoked the conflict in Cooch Behar district throughout voting on Saturday, Home Minister Amit Shah mentioned on Sunday, rebuffing the Trinamool chief’s accusations that he was liable for the violence.
“Mamata Banerjee’s advice to gherao central forces instigated people to attack the CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) in Sitalkuchi. Even now, attempts are being made to politicise the killings,” Mr Shah mentioned throughout a rally in Santipur, round 600 km away.
“My humble request to the people of Bengal is to celebrate the festival of democracy peacefully in the rest of the voting phases. Vote, and make your favourite candidate win. Work to create a new history of peaceful elections in Bengal,” he mentioned.
“I promise the people of Bengal that after May 2, when the BJP government will be formed in Bengal under the leadership of Modi ji, this electoral violence, political violence will leave Bengal forever,” Mr Shah mentioned.
The BJP chief’s feedback got here after Mamata Banerjee demanded his resignation over the incident and labelled the killing of 4 individuals in central pressure firing at Cooch Behar “a genocide”, saying the victims had been “sprayed with bullets in the chest and neck”.
“This is genocide. They have fired just like a fire-spray. They should have fired below the wait. But they have fired at neck and chest,” she mentioned.
Ms Banerjee, who was talking at a press meet in Siliguri in north Bengal, mentioned, “The CISF is not trained for mob control. Now they want to suppress facts. That’s why they banned entry into Cooch Behar for 72 hours,” she added.
“Home Minister Amit Shah is completely responsible for today’s incident and he himself is the conspirator. I don’t blame central forces because they work under Home Minister’s order. We will demand his resignation,” she mentioned.
On Saturday, round 10.30 am, the CISF on obligation at sales space quantity 126 at Jorpatki within the Sitalkuchi constituency had opened fireplace by which 4 individuals died and at the very least one other particular person obtained a bullet damage. One extra particular person was killed in a separate incident of taking pictures by a bunch of unidentified males.
The Special Police Observer appointed by the Election Commission, Vivek Dube, despatched a report saying the CISF needed to fireplace in self-defence when villagers tried to grab their weapons. There was a misunderstanding between villages and the CISF, he had mentioned.