Left Front chairman and politburo member Biman Bose Tuesday deposed before a commission set up to probe into the police firing on a Youth Congress rally in which 13 activists were killed on July 21,1993.
Refuting allegations that he was avoiding deposing before the commission,Bose said,A section of the media had alleged that I was not cooperating (in the probe) whereas the truth is that when I was summoned for the first time on October 30,I was not present in the state. I was in Delhi and I had informed the commission about it. This is the second date that had been decided upon and I am here to cooperate with the commission.
Bose was accompanied by his lawyers Subrata Bakshi and Ashok Bakshi and his party members and senior CPM leaders Rabin Deb and Sukhendu Panigrahi.
After the deposition,Bose said he was not present at the spot where the incident took place and so it was not possible for him to give a detailed first-hand report of what had happened.
But what I gathered from news reports later is that there was a huge unruly crowd which had come to take over the Writers Buildings. Marching to the Writers and attempting to take it over are two different things, Bose said,adding he had heard that the crowd was armed with stones,sticks,knives and choppers. We too want an in-depth investigation (into the incident) but only the police shootout should not be the focus. The entire incident should be looked into,right from the situation under which police opened fire to who had been behind these people instigating them, he said.
No sooner than Mamata had assumed her seat as the CM of West Bengal in May 2011,the Trinamool government set up this panel under Justice (retd) Sushanta Chatterjee.
While Jyoti Basu was the then CM,Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was in charge of the police department.