New Delhi Treading cautiously on the issue
of police firing on farmers in Pune that left three persons
dead, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said one should not
come to a conclusion by watching "two-three seconds of video
footage" on the incident.
"I cannot comment on that by looking at a few seconds of
video. That would be a very dangerous thing to do. One has to
see the entire video footage and hold an inquiry into the
matter before one comes to a conclusion whether the firing was
justified or not," he told reporters.
At the same time, he made a general remark "I am willing
to start on the premise that firing should be avoided as far
The minister maintained that only after an inquiry is
conducted can it be said that firing was "justified".
"I urge all of you not to come to conclusion by seeing
two-three seconds of a video footage," he said.
His remarks came on a day when in Mumbai, opposition
leaders met Governor K Sankaranarayanan and demanded dismissal
of the Congress-NCP government for the police firing, saying
the law and order situation had gone "beyond its control".