Mamata calls Cooch Behar killings ‘genocide’, Shah warns her against ‘appeasement politics’ over bodies



Kolkata/Siliguri: The killing of four persons in CISF firing at Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar district has triggered a political storm in West Bengal, with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Sunday calling it a “genocide” while Union Home Minister Amit Shah warning her against doing “appeasement politics” over bodies.
The TMC chief said the Election Commission’s decision to bar the entry of politicians in Cooch Behar district for 72 hours was aimed at “suppressing facts” and asserted she will visit the area by April 14.
“There was genocide at Sitalkuchi. I would like to visit the area by April 14. The EC is trying to suppress facts by restricting entry in Cooch Behar. We have an incompetent home minister and an incompetent central government,” Banerjee said launching no-holds barred attack on the BJP-led government at the centre.
The feisty TMC chief also spoke to the brother of one of the deceased over a video call, who was heard saying that the jawans had opened fire on the voters standing in a queue.
Four persons died as CISF personnel opened fire allegedly after coming under attack from locals, who “attempted to snatch their rifles” while voting was underway in Sitalkuchi on Saturday.
Wreaths were laid on the bodies, draped in TMC flags, at the spot where the incident took place, following which they were buried.
Shah, on the other hand, alleged that Banerjee’s advice to gheraeo central forces had instigated people to attack the CISF personnel, which led to the killings.
“Mamata had advised people to gheraeo central forces.