Four people have died during the alleged firing by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) during the fourth phase of elections in West Bengal (West Bengal election 2021). According to the information received, this incident happened in Jorpatki area of Mathabhanga block under Sitalkuchi Legislative Assembly in Cooch Behar district.
While giving information about this incident, TMC leader Dola Sena said that ‘Central forces fired at two places. First in Block-1 of Mathabhanga in Cooch Behar, where one person was killed, three others were injured. While three people died in Sitalkuchi block, one person was injured. Sen also accused the central security forces of torturing people.
On the other hand, CRPF has put its side in Sitalkuchi case. In a statement, the CRPF said, “CRPF was not deployed at the said booth nor was involved in the said incident outside booth number 126 in Jorapatki of Sitalkuchi assembly constituency in Cooch Behar.”
TMC claims four people killed by its supporters
After this incident, TMC MP Mahua Moitra tweeted and demanded action on the commission. She said- ‘The CAPF opened fire in Cooch Behar, in which 4 villagers were killed. Is this the Election Commission under your supervision? you are responsible.’ It is alleged that the local people ‘tried to snatch rifles’ from the CISF jawans. A senior police officer said that the incident took place in Sitalkuchi when polling was going on.
He said, according to preliminary reports, four people were killed in a shootout by CISF personnel after an attack on them in a village. There was a clash and the locals surrounded him and tried to snatch his rifles, after which the central forces opened fire. Awaiting detailed information. TMC claimed that the four people killed were its supporters.
‘The Election Commission will decide the course of action’
When asked if any action has been taken against the CISF jawans, the officer said, ‘The Election Commission will decide it. According to our reports, he opened fire in self-defense. A source said that clashes between TMC and BJP workers started during the polling in Mathabhanga area of Sitalkuchi. “Some of them surrounded the CISF jawans outside a polling station and tried to snatch their rifles, after which the incident took place,” he said.
Election officials said that they have sought a report from the district authorities on the incident. Earlier in the morning, a young man who came to cast his vote was shot dead by unknown people outside a polling station in Sitalkuchi constituency. BJP MP from Cooch Behar Nitish Pramanik accused TSMi supporters of attacking the booth. He is also contesting assembly elections from Pramanik Dinhata constituency. He said, ‘TMC goons attacked him with the intention of looting the booth. Probably the central forces opened fire in self-defense.