Panel probing Dinhata firing gives clean chit to police

The report of the Sil Commission — constituted by the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government to probe the police firing on Forward Bloc supporters at Dinhata in Coochbehar district — has given a clean chit to the police.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: July 5, 2012 4:50:52 am

The report of the Sil Commission — constituted by the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government to probe the police firing on Forward Bloc supporters at Dinhata in Coochbehar district — has given a clean chit to the police.

Meanwhile,the report of the Justice D P Sengupta Commission — which probed the death of CPM MLA Mustafa Bin Qasem — has maintained that it was a clear case of suicide.

Both the reports were placed in the House today by minister for Parliamentary Affairs Partha Chatterjee.

The Justice Narayan Chandra Sil Commision was constituted on February 15,2008,to probe the firing at Dinhata on February 5 that year. Five Bloc supporters and one NVF volunteer died in the firing.

The report tabled today blamed local leaders of the party and said that the police had no option other than to open fire.

The Forward Bloc rejected the report,saying it was based on wrong facts and observations. “We demand that a new commission be set up to probe the incident,” Ashoke Ghosh,state secretary of the party,said.

The Sil commission had submitted the report to the Left Front government but because Forward Bloc,a major constituent in the government,objected to its publication,Bhattacharjee backtracked and put the publication on hold. Several RTIs were filed after the new government took over to make the report public.

The D P Sengupta commission,on the other hand,found that MLA Mustafa Bin Quasem committed suicide at the state MLA hostel on May 29 last year. He very sick and there was no foul play behind the death,the report said.

The family of Qasem had alleged that some CPM leaders had indirectly caused the death,following which the Mamata Banerjee government set up the commission on July 10,2011.

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