Hired persons from outside behind Raiganj ruckus: ADG
Kolkata: Stating that there are constant efforts to bring in people from neighbouring states to create trouble ahead and during the Panchayat polls, the preliminary investigation in connection with the Raiganj incident revealed that "hired persons from outside" were behind the entire ruckus.
Bullets were fired in the air, bombs hurled and many shops were ransacked in Raiganj when the "outsiders" instigated and actively took part to turn the situation worse as candidates of a few political parties headed to file their nominations for the Panchayat polls.
Anuj Sharma, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), said: "Preliminary report in connection with the Raiganj incident has been acquired and it states that some "hired persons from outside" created the trouble. In regard to this, we will take legal action against them."
He further said that a specific case has also been lodged in connection with the incident and law will take its own course. A further probe in this connection is going on.
The cops have also taken all the necessary steps to bring the situation under control. A large contingent of police and RAF were deployed and the mob was dispersed. It is learnt that the police are trying to identify the "outsiders" who were behind the entire episode.
When asked about the attempts of bringing in people from outside to create trouble ahead of the Panchayat polls, the ADG (Law and Order) maintained: "Superintendents of Police of all districts and Commissioners of all the Commissionerates have been asked to conduct raids and to maintain a strict vigil to foil the attempts to bring in people from the neighbouring states."
It is learnt that police pickets have also been set up at the entry and exit points with the neighbouring states including Assam, Odisha, Bihar and Jharkhand. The vehicles entering and leaving the states are being checked thoroughly at these points. The police top brass in every district has also been directed to take immediate action and make arrests if they find anyone involved in any such acts.
The Panchayat polls were announced on March 31 and the police have increased its vigilance to avoid any untoward incident mainly till the election is over. The cops have so far executed 1,041 warrants, arrested 818 people in connection with specific cases, 20 arms, 23 ammunition, 42 bombs and 8,300 litres of illicit liquor have been seized.See P3