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In Sitalkuchi, Mamata meets families: Will probe CISF firing

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also met the father of Ananda Burman, an 18-year-old first-time voter shot dead by unknown persons outside a polling booth in the same district.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |
Updated: April 15, 2021 2:18:26 am
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee with the families. (Express photo)

With the 72-hour ban imposed by the Election Commission (EC) on entry of political leaders into Cooch Behar over, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday morning visited families of the four killed in CISF firing at Sitalkuchi on April 10 and promised that after the TMC returns to power, she would hold a probe into the firing and punish the guilty.

Addressing a rally in Dabgram-Fulbari of Jalpaiguri afterward, Banerjee alleged that the BJP is “spreading Covid-19” in the state by bringing in leaders and cadres from other states.

“These BJP leaders are coming and will spread Covid-19 in the state and then go away,” she said. “Last year, when Covid-19 was spreading in the state, no BJP leaders cared to come here to address that.”

At Sitalkuchi, Banerjee met the father of Ananda Burman, an 18-year-old first-time voter who was shot by unknown persons outside a polling booth in the district.

Banerjee had accused the CISF of “murder”, and called the incident a genocide. (Express photo)

Promising to build a memorial for the “martyrs of Sitalkuchi”, she said, “Four minority brothers and one of my Rajbanshi brothers died…. Any death is unfortunate and the government is always beside them. I cannot give back their life but I shall do everything possible to help the families come out of this painful situation.”

Stating that she had met the families, including wives and parents of those killed, she told the people, “They have died at such a tender age…the guilty should be punished. Let the elections be over, the state government will investigate. The family of the deceased will get justice.”

She told villagers not to fall for any insinuations. “We will not spare anybody, however influential the person might be.”

She told villagers not to fall for any insinuations: “We will not spare anybody, however influential the person might be.”

The TMC tweeted a photograph of Banerjee holding a baby during the visit to Sitalkuchi. “No one can understand your pain better than Bengal’s daughter,” the tweet said.

Calling the incident a sacrifice of democracy, Banerjee said, “If I say something, I may get another notice for EC. But we have decided to make a memorial for all those who were killed. Keep a place for this, I will come here after this is made.”

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