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Jalpaiguri firing: BJP for CBI probe, terms WB govt `inhuman`

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 9, 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.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 22:31

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