PILs in HC for judicial probe into Sitalkuchi firing

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KOLKATA: Two public interest litigations were filed in the Calcutta high court on Monday seeking a judicial inquiry into the

CISF

firing incident in

Sitalkuchi

,

Cooch Behar

, during the fourth phase of elections on Saturday. Four people were killed in the CISF firing.
One of the petitions sought that the CISF unit involved in the firing be removed from the election process and not deployed for the remaining four phases. The writs also called for providing adequate compensation to the families of the deceased.
Seeking the formation of an independent committee headed by a retired HC judge, the

petitioners

— an advocate at Calcutta high court and a school teacher — stressed the need to unravel the truth and identify the offenders.
While

Trinamool Congress

has said that the firing was unprovoked, unnecessary and indiscriminate,

BJP

has claimed that the forces were attacked and that the shooting was in self-defence.
The petitioners argued that while central and state forces are deployed for the smooth conduct of elections and to ensure safety and peace, the opposite seemed to have occurred at Sitalkuchi, and that the forces had not followed rules regarding the use of firearms.

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