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Magistrate-level probe into West Bengal firing

Posted on Nov 16, 06:54PM | IBNS

West Bengal home secretary Basudeb Banerjee on Friday said the state government has ordered a magistrate-level probe into the police firing that killed one in West Bengal's Nadia district on Nov 14.

"We have ordered a magistrate-level enquiry into the police firing. All possible aspects of the incident would also be looked into during
the inquiry," Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat Writers' Buildings here.

He said the office-in-charge of Tehatta, the ground zero where the firing took place following a scuffle between the police and irate
villagers, has been removed.

"The state government has also announced a monetary compensation of Rs. 2 lakh to the victim's family," he said.

Dubbing the region 'communally sensitive', Banerjee said the magistrate-level enquiry would also try to find out if there was any conspiracy behind the incident.

"We appeal to the people to maintain peace and normalcy in the locality. The area is highly sensitive as there are some past instances of communal violence during the 90s," the home secretary said.

One person was killed in a police firing in Nadia's Tehatta locality on Wednesday.

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 was being organised for past 15 years.