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Mamata calls Cooch Behar killings “genocide”, lashes out at EC for suppressing facts

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Mamata calls Cooch Behar killings “genocide”, lashes out at EC for suppressing facts

Siliguri: West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief, Mamata Banerjee, on Sunday described CISF personnel’s firing incident in Cooch Behar as “genocide” while lashing out at the Election Commission for allegedly suppressing facts.

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The TMC supremo also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah over the incident, calling them “incompetent”.

To note, four people lost their lives on Saturday during the Polling for the Phase-4 Assembly elections in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar when CISF personnel opened fire allegedly after coming under attack from locals, who “attempted to snatch their rifles”, the police had said.

Addressing media, Mamata said, “It is genocide. We have decided to observe today as a black day. The forces fired on them directly. The CISF is trained to provide security to industries and not to control a mob. I could not sleep last night but the Prime Minister was eating sweets. Such an incompetent government, incompetent Prime Minister, incompetent home minister.”

The poll panel late Saturday defended the armed force’s action, saying it became “absolutely necessary”. It also barred the entry of politicians into the district for 72 hours.

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However, the TMC Chief said that a section of central forces is committing atrocities on the people in the state.

“The CISF doesn’t know how to handle situations. Since the first phase of elections, I had been saying that a section of the central forces is committing atrocities on people. I had flagged the issue in Nandigram, but none paid attention to my words,” she said.

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