‘Hostage’ cop ordered firing at Tehatta


Meanwhile, the CPM called a 24-hour bandh in Tehatta on Friday. Referring to the video footage of the violence aired by local television channels, Left Front Chairman Biman Bose said no evidence has been found about the police being attacked by the villagers. "I am 100 per cent sure that had the video footage not been aired, the police firing would have been denied. All in the state government, including the Chief Minister, would have asserted that there has been no firing," said Bose.

Deepa too will visit

A delegation of Congress leaders visited Haulia village on Thursday. Union Minister of State for Urban Development Deepa Dasmunsi will visit on Friday.

15 months, 5 incidents of police firing, 5 dead, 10 hurt

According to the government records, five people were killed and at least 10 sustained bullet injuries during five incidents of police firings in the last 15 months — since Mamata Banerjee became the chief minister of the state.

July, 2011: Police opened fire injuring two persons protesting against alleged eviction of land patta holders and fish pond owners in Haroa, North 24-Parganas. The police fired when an angry mob, allegedly back by a group of CPM workers, attacked the police.

September, 2011: In Asansol in Burdwan district, a 22-year-old boy was killed after an armed group clashed with the police while the group was taking out an idol immersion procession. Police had asked the group to divert the route of the procession.

September, 2011: A 28-year- old Congress woman worker was shot dead when police and the villagers clashed at Bogula village in Nadia during the immersion of idols.

December, 2011: Two villagers were killed in police firing at Magrahat in South 24-Parganas. A woman and a 12-year-old child were killed and 40 others injured in a mob violence and police firing in Nainan village in Magrahat after the villagers clashed with power department staff who had gone there in connection with the incidents of power theft. Immediately after the incident, the officer in-charge of the Magrahat police station and three constables were removed from the police station.

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