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“Genocide”: Mamata Banerjee On Violence Outside Bengal Polling Booth


“People must be allowed to vote,” Mamata Banerjee stated.

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has claimed that the  individuals who died in Cooch Behar on Saturday morning throughout firing by the Central Industrial Security Forces, had been “shot in the chest”. Calling it “genocide”, she stated the CISF was solely certified to cope with industrial issues and isn’t skilled in crowd management.

“This is genocide. They sprayed bullets to kill. They could have fired below the knee. The CISF has no idea about controlling mobs. They are trained for industrial areas,” she stated.

On Saturday, round 10.30 am, the CISF on obligation at sales space quantity 126 at Jor Paath Ki in Sitalkuchi constituency had opened fireplace during which 4 folks died and a minimum of one individual is believed to be injured.

The Special Police Observer appointed by the Election Commission, Vivek Dubey, 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 stated.

Ms Banerjee immediately stated “outsiders” had opened fireplace in violation of guidelines.

“There are rules — first lathi (batons), then tear gas, water cannon… There are rules. I don’t want to do politics with this. I have been saying from the start. They are gheraoing men and not allowing them to vote. People must be allowed to vote. The vote is befitting reply,” the Chief Minister stated immediately at a press convention at north Bengal’s Siliguri.

The Centre, she stated, is “trying to suppress the fact”. “They are giving clean chit. I’m coming to you to complain,” she added.

The Chief Minister — who couldn’t go to the spot by the Election Commission order barring political leaders from the realm —  additionally did a video name with a number of the bereaved households.

“The Election Commission has not allowed me to go to Sitalkuchi. The MCC (Model Code of Conduct) has become the Modi Code of Conduct… Just to satisfy the BJP, I have been stopped from meeting the families,” she stated. The Election Commission’s three-day ban will finish on Tuesday.

Manjur Mian, a relative of Hamidul Mian who died, stated his brother, a mason, was shot whereas he was “standing in queue to vote”. “He has a three-year-old daughter. His wife is expecting another baby,” he added.

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