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Cooch Behar murders: Mamata Banerjee questions the self-defense version of the central forces and will order a CID investigation | India News


NEW DELHI: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday questioned the central forces’ version of firing at voters in self-defense in Cooch Behar.
Up to four people were shot dead in election-related violence at two polling stations in the state, police said. Mamata said his government will launch a CID investigation into the incident.
In addition, he said there is no video footage or any other evidence to support the claims of the central forces.
“Where does this theory come from? Who were injured on their part? Is there any recording? After killing those people, they were supporting the act,” he told reporters in Siliguri.
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“An investigation by the CID will be launched to find out the circumstances behind the incident,” added the CM.
“The Interior Minister, Amit Shah, is fully responsible for today’s incident and he himself is the conspirator. I do not blame the central forces because they work under the Interior Minister,” Mamata said in Siliguri.
“It was PM’s responsibility to meet the relatives of the deceased. Are you not ashamed? He is giving a clean account. It is a shame. I condemn his attitude,” added Mamata.
Mamata said that tomorrow she will go to Mathabhanga hospital. “I will go to Mathabhanga hospital tomorrow at 10 am and from there I will go to Alipurduar. I could not go to Cooch Behar today due to the Model Code of Conduct as they are voting there,” he said.

Four people were killed when central forces allegedly opened fire after being attacked by locals, who “tried to seize their rifles,” police said.
A senior election official said that “the new vote will take place at booth No. 126/5 in the Sitalkuchi area” of the district, in view of the tragic incident.
“Following the interim report of the special observer, the EC decided to stop the voting process at the Jorpatki booth # 126/5 in the Sitalkuchi area of ​​the Cooch Behar district. Further investigations are underway. There will be a new vote … ” saying.

Banerjee also reiterated his demand for the resignation of the Union Minister of the Interior, Amit Shah, over the incident of dismissal in Cooch Behar, and wondered whose “direct interference in the functioning of the Election Commission and the central forces” led to The excesses.
Meanwhile, voting is underway today for the fourth phase of the state assembly elections. Until 5.30 pm there was a voter turnout of 75.93%.
Voting in four states and one union territory began in late March and runs for a month. The results will be announced on May 2.
(With inputs from agencies)

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