West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has claimed that the people who died in Cooch Behar on Saturday morning during firing by the Central Industrial Security Forces, were “shot in the chest”.
Calling it “genocide”, she said the CISF was only qualified to deal with industrial matters and is not experienced in crowd control.
“All the outsiders — they fired. There are rules — first lathi (batons), then tear gas, water cannon… There are rules. I don’t want to do politics with this. I have been saying from the start. They are gheraoing men and not allowing them to vote. People must be allowed to vote. The vote is befitting reply,” the Chief Minister said today at a press conference.
Ms Banerjee — who could not visit the spot by the Election Commission order barring political leaders from the area — also did a video call with some of the bereaved families.