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“Injury to Mamata was an accident”: Reports of 2 poll observers tell EC

By Saima Siddiqui 
Updated Date

Kolkata: The incident in Nandigram which made headlines when the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee accused rival BJP party for an alleged attack on her, causing her several injuries, has now been reported as an accident and not a “planned attack” in an investigative filing of the two poll observers submitted to the EC on Saturday.

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The report prepared by special observer Ajay Nayak and special police observer Vivek Dubey to West Bengal for the state election stated that the incident ,which took place at Birulia bazar in Nandigram in East Midnapore district on March 10 after Banerjee filed her nomination, had taken place “suddenly” though a “conspiracy theory” was spun around the whole scenario for political gain. The report also alleged that Ms Banerjee was injured due to the suddenness of the incident, a source at the CEO office revealed.

“The incident was not a planned attack but an accident. It had taken place suddenly”, the source said referring to the report. 

About the injury to the TMC chief, in the incident, the report also said that “the suddenness of the incident led to it. “There was no conspiracy behind the incident.” 

The report took into account the details provided by eye witnesses present during the incident as well as the video grabs collected from them. 

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It also referred to the failure of the police personnel in-charge of the chief minister’s security in controlling the crowd which came “too close” to her. 

“The local police and CM’s security failed to control the crowd and that led to the untoward situation,” the source said referring to the report. 

Following the Nandigram incident, state ADG (Law and Order) and nodal officer Jagmohan on Saturday directed all district administrations to arrange for the strictest security measures for the chief minister during her tours for campaigning in the districts for the eight-phase poll beginning on March 27. 

“Security measures should be stringent for the CM. Security for other star campaigners must be tightened. We cannot take any chance after the Nandigram incident,” the source at the CEO said quoting Jagmohan. 

According to another official at the office of the CEO the two observers may visit South 24 Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly districts starting March 18. 

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“The two observers will meet senior officials of the district administrations and supervise the poll preparedness,” he said. 

Meanwhile, state chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay in a reply to the EC for a detailed report stated that the cause of the incident at Nandigram was “not clear from the video grab” collected from the place. 

A second report was submitted on Saturday evening after the EC called the one submitted on Friday by the state administration “sketchy” and asked the state administration to furnish a detailed one. 

“The CM’s vehicle was passing through a crowded area. It was then that there was a push on the door of her car. But it’s not clear whether the push was deliberate or not. The video grabs collected are not very clear,” a source at the CEO said quoting Bandopadhyay’s second report. 

The chief secretary was learnt to have attached one video grab along with the report, he added. 

Furthermore, the poll body had sought reports from the state government as well as the two observers on the incident. The state administration had submitted its report on Friday. 

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West Bengal will go to polls in eight phases from March 27 to April 29. The results will be declared on May 2.

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