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Cooch Behar firing: Bengal CID summons 6 CISF personnel

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Utkarsh Mishra
May 10, 2021 22:11 IST
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The West Bengal Crime Investigation Department (CID) has summoned six Central Industrial Security Force personnel who were on duty at booth number 126 in Jorpatki in Sitalkuchi assembly constituency where four persons were killed in a firing by the central forces personnel during voting, an official said on Monday.


IMAGE: Security personnel at a polling station in Sitalkuchi, where clashes erupted between locals and central forces during voting in Cooch Behar district. Photograph: PTI Photo

The six CISF officials, including two of its officers, have been asked to meet sleuths of the Special Investigating Team (SIT) of the CID, formed to investigate the killings, at Bhawani Bhawan Tuesday morning, he added.

"Four CISF constables, one inspector and one deputy commandant have been served notices under section 160 of CrPC to appear before SIT of the CID in connection with the killing of four persons in Sitalkuchi firing incident during the fourth phase of voting on April 10," the officer added.

According to sources, the CISF officers' request to appear before the CID virtually citing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic were turned down and all of them have been asked to be present physically at Bhawani Bhawan by 11 am.

The firing during voting in the Cooch Behar district had hogged national limelight and triggered a fierce war of words between the Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Meanwhile, on Monday, questioned the Inspector in-charge of the Mathabhanga police station in connection with the matter, he added.

The investigating officer of Mathabhanga police station was also questioned last Thursday.

At least four persons died outside booth number 126/5 in Jorpatki in Sitalkuchi assembly constituency when CISF personnel openly fired 'in self defence' during the fourth phase of polling held on April 10.

Following the incident, the poll body had suspended the polling process in the booth and later it banned political leaders including Mamata Banerjee from entering Cooch Behar district for the next three days.

The state government will be providing jobs of home guards to kin of victims in Sitalkuchi, Banejree has announced.

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