Addressing an election rally in West Bengal’s Siliguri on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the firing in Cooch Behar “saddening”. Four people were killed on Saturday after CISF personnel allegedly opened fire after coming under attack from locals, reported PTI. The incident happened in the Sitalkuchi area when voting in phase 4 of Assembly polls was underway.
“What happened in Cooch Behar is very saddening,” the PM said in Siliguri, adding that his sympathies were with the families of those who died, reported ANI.
Attacking West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the incident, Modi said, “Didi and her goons are perturbed, seeing the people’s support for BJP.”
“She has stooped to this level as she can see her chair slipping away,” the BJP leader said.
Hitting out further at the CM and her party, the PM said, “their ways will not be allowed to work in Bengal.” He urged the Election Commission to take strict action against the accused of the Cooch Behar incident.
“Didi, this violence, tactics of instigating people to attack the Security Forces, the tactics of obstructing the polling process will not protect you,” he said.
“This violence can’t protect you from the 10 years of your ill-governance,” the PM added.
In her reaction to the incident, the CM said that the central force weren’t her “enemy”, reported ANI. She claimed there was a conspiracy going around under the instruction of the Home Minister and “today’s incident is a proof.”
Adding further, she said that the security force isn’t her enemy, but a conspiracy going around under the instruction of Home Minister and today’s incident is a proof.”
The central forces killed voters standing in the queue, she alleged.
“Where do they get so much audacity?” she asked.
“BJP knows that they have lost so they are killing voters and workers,” she added.
A police officer told PTI that a scuffle took place in Cooch Behar after “locals gheraoed them and attempted to snatch” CISF personnel’s rifles.
Meanwhile, the EC had adjourned polling in polling station 126 of Sitalkurchi Assembly Constituency on the basis of an interim report by Special Observers. It has sought a detailed report from them and the Chief Electoral Officer by 5 pm on Saturday.