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No video of Cooch Behar episode, EC''s clean chit to CISF based on hypothetical reports: Biman Bose

No video of Cooch Behar episode, EC''s clean chit to CISF based on hypothetical reports: Biman Bose
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Kolkata, Apr 12 (PTI) Stressing that the Election

Commission''s integrity should never come into question, the

Sanjukta Morcha - a three-party alliance of the Left, Congress

and the ISF - on Monday sought to know what prompted the poll

panel to support the CISF version of the Cooch Behar firing

episode as no footage of the incident is yet available.

Four persons were killed and as many injured on

Saturday in Sitalkuchi area of Cooch Behar when CISF personnel

opened fire outside a polling booth, allegedly after coming

under attack from locals who attempted to snatch their

rifles, the police had said.

The Election Commission has given a clean chit to the

Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawans and said that

they had to open fire in self defence.

Veteran CPI(M) leader Biman Bose, who led a delegation

that met with Chief Electoral Officer Ariz Aftab during the

day, contended that the EC''s decision was based on

"hypothetical" reports presented by the district magistrate

and the superintendent of police in Cooch Behar.

"Why is that nobody shot a video of the incident on a

cell phone? Everyone, from the mediapersons to common people,

is in possession of smart phones. The EC says the central

forces were compelled to open fire. But the report of the DM

and the SP is not clear," Bose said.

He also emphasised that the poll panel''s integrity

has always remained intact, and there should not be any scope

to raise questions now".

Bose further said that the delegation, of which senior

Congress leader Abdul Mannan was also a member, has urged the

CEO to ensure that "no one gets to escape after making

provocative speeches capable of triggering violence".

The EC should take action against BJP leader Dilip

Ghosh who warned of more Sitalkuchi-like killings in Bengal in

the next phase of assembly elections," he pointed out.

Ghosh had on Sunday courted a fresh controversy when

he said more Cooch Behar-like killings may happen in the next

phase of assembly elections if "naughty boys like the ones who

died in Sitalkuchi" try to take the law into their hands.

The CPI(M) also claimed that the EC should have taken

measures to stop campaigning in the neighbourhood of areas

where polling was underway.

"There have been instances when the prime minister and

the chief minister were seen addressing campaigns within 1-5

km radius of a constituency where polling was underway. This

can influence voters, this should immediately stop," he said.

Mannan, following his meeting with the CEO, said

"people are losing faith in the poll panel". PTI SUS

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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