CM Mamata orders judicial probe into Basirhat clashes
The West Bengal Government has ordered a judicial inquiry into the violence that took place at Basirhat and its adjoining areas of North 24 Parganas a few days ago, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced at a Press conference at Nabanna on Saturday afternoon. The commission will be chaired by retired Justice Soumitra Pal of Calcutta High Court.
"We always want the inquiry to be conducted by a sitting High Court judge but because of the work load in the court, we have to take retired judges. Let's see what happens," the Chief Minister maintained.
Meanwhile, North 24 Parganas Superintendent of Police Bhaskar Mukherjee has been transferred. He is being replaced by C Sudhakar. On Friday, the Inspector of Baduria police station too had been transferred.
The Chief Minister said that the judicial inquiry has been ordered as the state government wants to identity the people behind the trouble at Basirhat. "The rumour had been spread in a calculated manner. There were some media particularly some national media that had spread false, fabricated and distorted stories," she observed adding: "A local problem has been highlighted in a manner by a section of media as if a major incident has taken place."
Two video footages; one, of an incident that took place in Kumillah in Bangladesh and the other one from a Bhojpuri film have been shown as if they had taken place in Bengal. Rumours have been circulated through Facebook which she termed as "Fakebook."
"I respect Facebook but what is being done by a section of people in social media should be condemned."
Banerjee said that there would be a probe into the killing of a person in Sonada too. "They had attacked the police and we have ordered an inquiry," she said adding: "The incident could have been avoided had the Centre sent adequate companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). The CRPF personnel are always kept as reserve and should be deployed during emergency situations in the states. But despite the tension, why had they not been deployed in adequate numbers," she wondered.
She had talked to Union Home minister Rajnath Singh six times and all the reports had been sent. "The Centre had sent seven companies of CRPF jawans of which three companies comprised women personnel and the remaining three had SSB officials who carry only lathis. We are thankful to Calcutta High Court as even on Friday, it had observed why the Centre had not sent forces immediately. Till date we haven't got Central forces in good numbers."