Jalpaiguri firing: BJP for CBI probe, terms WB govt `inhuman`
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 09, 2011, 22:31
New Delhi: The BJP on Wednesday demanded a CBI probe into the alleged police atrocities on Gorkha Janmukti Morcha activists, which led to the death of two persons, and said acts of West Bengal government were "shameful" and "inhuman".

Senior BJP leader and Darjeeling MP Jaswant Singh claimed the way the West Bengal Police "beaten up" innocent women, youth and activists of GJM yesterday in Jalpaiguri, nowhere such an example was found in independent India.

"It reflects the shameless and inhuman nature of the West Bengal government. I charge the West Bengal government and police with dividing the people rather than taking initiative for unity," he said after a meeting with Home Minister P Chidambaram here.

Singh said the incident had taken place just a day after the Central government sent the draft of the proposed Gorkha agreement to the West Bengal government and the GJM and it was "very disturbing" as such kind of police "atrocities" could spoil the conducive atmosphere of negotiations.

The BJP leader said he briefed the Home Minister about the prevailing situation in Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling area, apart from demanding a CBI inquiry into the incident.

"The Home Minister is very understanding, cooperative and keen to bring peace into the region as early as possible," he said.

Two persons were killed yesterday at Sipchu in Jalpaiguri district when the police opened fire to stop GJM supporters from taking out a march defying prohibitory orders, sparking widespread arson and damage to forest bungalows and properties.


First Published: Wednesday, February 09, 2011, 22:31

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