West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday met with the families of people who were killed during the fourth round of voting for the state assembly elections on April 10 in Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar.
While an 18-year-old first time voter was shot dead by miscreants when he was standing in a queue to cast his vote, four others were killed in firing by central forces reportedly in self-defence on the same day.
Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee paid floral tribute to the portrait of the poet, novelist, Rabindranath Tagore at Rabindra Sadan in Kolkata on May 09. In a recent state Assembly polls, All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) got an absolute majority on its own by bagging 213 seats in the 294-member assembly. While BJP ended with 38% vote-share, it won 77 seats and became principal opposition party in WB.
BJP released a purported audio clip of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee speaking to Sitalkuchi nominee. BJP claimed that Mamata proposed a rally with bodies of Cooch Behar firing victims. A BJP delegation urged Bengal Chief Electoral Officer Ariz Aftab to take note of the clip. BJP claimed such a move could lead to untoward situations in the state amid ongoing polls. Meanwhile, TMC has described the audio clip as 'bogus' and said no such conversation took place. Violence marred a Cooch Behar polling booth during the fourth round of voting on April 10. Four persons died near a booth in Sitalkuchi constituency of Cooch Behar district. Reports suggest central forces opened fire allegedly after coming under attack from locals. Incident took place after locals allegedly attempted to snatch rifles of central forces. Watch the full video for more details.
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Union Home Minister Amit Shah blamed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for violence that happened during fourth phase of polls in Cooch Behar's Sitalkuchi. The violent incident had claimed lives of four people. "Didi is abusing BJP unnecessarily. You're mistaken that BJP is contesting against you. It is the mothers, sisters of North Bengal, Rajbongshi community, the Gorkha community, the tea workers, the farmers who are contesting against you," said Amit Shah. He further said, "The 4th phase polls were held in North Bengal. Didi instigated people, told them to gherao CRPF and loot them. People listened to her, weapons were snatched, bullets were fired, four people died. Didi had you not instigated them they wouldn't have died. A fifth person also died. A youth, Anand Burman had gone to cast his vote but TMC goons shot him dead. Didi is speaking about the 4 but nothing on Anand Burman. Why? It's because he belonged to Rajbongshi community that is not a part of her vote bank." Eight-phase Bengal elections will conclude on April 29.
BJP delegation on April 10 met Election Commission in Kolkata over the poll violence in Cooch Behar where five people were killed in two separate incidents. BJP blamed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the violence saying that the firing incident took place because of her recent statement calling for "gherao of Central forces". "In my opinion, these incidents happened because of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's old statement calling for gherao of Central forces," said BJP West Bengal general secretary Jyotirmay Singh Mahato. Four people were killed at a booth in Sitalkuchi, Cooch Behar during the fourth phase of Assembly elections on April 10. Polling at the polling booth remains suspended by the Election Commission after the incident. Further investigation is underway.
After the killing of four people at a booth in Sitalkuchi, Cooch Behar during the fourth phase of Assembly elections on April 10, Jalpaiguri Range DIG Annappa E informed that the situation is under control but tension in some areas persists. He also said that at least four people were killed and one got injured in the incident. Polling at the polling booth remains suspended by the Election Commission after the incident. Further investigation is underway.
Election Commission imposed a 24-hour campaign ban on Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh. The ban has been imposed over his 'there will be Sitalkuchi in several places' remarks. Commission 'sternly' warned Ghosh and advised him to desist from using such statements. Four people died in a firing incident by CISF in Sitalkuchi during the fourth phase of polls. Officials had said the jawans opened fire after they came under attack from locals. The campaign ban on Ghosh will be in effect from 7 pm April 15 to 7 pm April 16. Reacting to EC's order, Ghosh said he will not stage dharna unlike CM Mamata Banerjee. Earlier, Ghosh was also sent notice by EC for his alleged remarks over the Sitalkuchi incident. Poll campaign has seen EC clamping down on several leaders for objectionable utterances. EC earlier barred Mamata from campaigning for 24 hours for remarks against central forces.
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A purported video from Sitalkuchi in Bengal's Cooch Behar is doing rounds on social media. Four villagers had died in the area in an altercation with CRPF jawans during the fourth phase of polling. Ruling TMC said video vindicates its position that there was no provocation for CRPF to fire. TMC MP and spokesperson Derek O'Brien went on to dub it as cold-blooded genocide. The video shows many locals gathered in a field, while some are seen wielding sticks. In the viral video, some central force jawans can also be seen. Soon firing can be heard, though it is not clear who fired the shot. Video shows a ruckus erupt in the area after the shots are fired. Earlier, Cooch Behar SP had said there was rumour that police opened fire. Debasish Dhar had added that the rumour led locals to come out in large numbers. The SP had said that this led the Central forces to open fire in self defence.
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