However, sources in the police said that Tehatta SDPO Dr Sailesh, who ordered the firing, has told his seniors that he was made hostage in a building where the agitators were trying to forcibly enter “firearms and bombs”. He has also said that he was left alone with two of his guards in the building as reinforcement reached an hour and half late.
It is learnt that police had fired three rounds to stop the violent mob from entering the premises that houses SDPO’s office as well as residence.
Mukul Roy visits Nadia, skips Tehatta
Following the death of the 35-year-old villager in the firing, Trinamool Congress general secretary Mukul Roy rushed to the district head quarter Krishnagar. It is learnt that Roy held meeting with senior police and administration officials in the area. Roy also talked to family members of the victims and the leaders of the communities in the area over phone.
Trinamool district president Nanda Saha said senior party leaders are not in a position to visit the area as the people are still angry. “We will visit the area after a couple of days as the situation settles down there. However, our local leaders who are working the area. Mukul Roy today visited our district headquarter in Krishnanagar and spoke to the victim families over phone. Things are under control now,” said Saha. He alleged that the entire incident was a conspiracy to malign the government’s image before the panchayat election and the area is dominated by CPM with CPM-ruled panchayat there.
CPM calls bandh
Meanwhile, the CPM called a 24-hour bandh in Tehatta on Friday. Referring to the video footage of the violence aired by local television channels, Left Front Chairman Biman Bose said no evidence has been found about the police being attacked by the villagers. “I am 100 per cent sure that had the video footage not been aired, the police firing would have been denied. All in the state government, including the Chief Minister, would have asserted that there has been no firing,” said Bose.
Deepa too will visit
A delegation of Congress leaders visited Haulia village on Thursday. Union Minister of State for Urban Development Deepa Dasmunsi will visit on Friday.
15 months, 5 incidents of police firing, 5 dead, 10 hurt
According to the government records, five people were killed and at least 10 sustained bullet injuries during five incidents of police firings in the last 15 months — since Mamata Banerjee became the chief minister of the state.
July, 2011: Police opened fire injuring two persons protesting against alleged eviction of land patta holders and fish pond owners in Haroa, North 24-Parganas. The police fired when an angry mob, allegedly back by a group of CPM workers, attacked the police.
September, 2011: In Asansol in Burdwan district, a 22-year-old boy was killed after an armed group clashed with the police while the group was taking out an idol immersion procession. Police had asked the group to divert the route of the procession.
September, 2011: A 28-year- old Congress woman worker was shot dead when police and the villagers clashed at Bogula village in Nadia during the immersion of idols.
December, 2011: Two villagers were killed in police firing at Magrahat in South 24-Parganas. A woman and a 12-year-old child were killed and 40 others injured in a mob violence and police firing in Nainan village in Magrahat after the villagers clashed with power department staff who had gone there in connection with the incidents of power theft. Immediately after the incident, the officer in-charge of the Magrahat police station and three constables were removed from the police station.
November 2012: The latest being the firing at Tehatta in Nadia after police clashed with the villagers in the area over granting permission to hold Jagadhatri puja. A person has been killed and two suffered bullet injuries. The condition of one is said to be critical.
The sixth, if we believe Loba villagers
If last week’s incidence of violence at Loba village in Dubrajpur area of Birbhum is considered where villagers have alleged that police had fired upon them, then the number of police firing case would be six. Here, six villagers and 25 police personnel were injured in the clash over land acquisition issue. However, the government has been completely denied that police fired upon the villagers.