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Deepa Dasmunsi denied entry in WB trouble zone

Posted on Nov 16, 05:06PM | IBNS

Union Minister of State for Urban Development Deepa Dasmunsi's convoy was stopped on Friday from entering Tehatta in Nadia district of West Bengal where one person was killed in police firing during a protest on Nov 14.

Dasmunsi's convoy was stopped near Bhandarkhali, about 10-km from Tehatta, as the police reportedly told her they would not be able to allow the convoy enter Tehatta following a prohibitory order section 144 Cr.PC.

The leaders were on the way to the violence-hit region, acting upon an order by the All India Congress Committee (AICC). The sleuths who stopped the convoy midway also handed over a copy of the order to the Union minister and others senior West Bengal Congress leaders like Shankar Singh, Nirbed Roy and Abhijit Mukherjee.

"We have seen the entire incident on television. First of all, we think that peace has to be restored in the region. The administration is giving a different version saying they had to open fire in self-defence where as the villagers are feeling not safe. People of Tehatta have lost faith in the police administration," Dasmunsi told reporters.

She said that agitation can take place anywhere but that does not necessarily mean police would open fire to quell the gathering.

"It was an apolitical demonstration. Our concern is why did the police open fire at innocent villagers? The person, Ashoke Sen, who was killed in police firing hailed from a very poor family," the minister said.

Blaming the state government, Dasmunsi said that they were also getting reports of police excesses on villagers at Tehatta in the name of search operation.

Protesting the police firing, state Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) observed a 'Black Day' on Friday while the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) had called a dawn-to-dusk strike at Tehatta.

Barely eight days after Dubrajpur incident, police opened fire on an irate mob killing one person and injuring at least three in Nadia's Tehatta locality.

The incident took place at Houlia crossing as the villagers reportedly blocked roads after they were denied permission to organise a community Jagadhatri puja at a particular place.

The villagers were demanding government permission to conduct the religious occasion as, according to the villagers, the festival is being organised for last 15 years.