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West Bengal orders CID probe into Sipchu firing

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KOLKATA: The West Bengal Government has instructed the State Criminal Investigation Department to probe the police firing at Sipchu in the Dooars region of North Bengal on February 8 in which three supporters of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) were killed.

In its reaction to the move, the GJM leadership that has been seeking an investigation by the Criminal Bureau of Investigation into the firing said that what it sought is “justice”.

“We should get justice,” GJM general secretary Roshan Giri told The Hindu over telephone from Darjeeling on Monday.

According to the local authorities, the police had to resort to firing on being attacked by GJM supporters who had assembled at Sipchu with the intent of marching into the Dooars region in Jalpaiguri district violating prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC which were in force in some areas there.

The firing had led to GJM supporters going on the rampage, attacking State-run forest bungalows and State vehicles in the Darjeeling hills the following day. The GJM had also called for an indefinite bandh which was withdrawn later that month.

Earlier this month a delegation of GJM leaders led by its president Bimal Gurung had met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and reiterated its demand for a CBI probe into the firing which it described as unprovoked.

“We have been demanding a CBI investigation into the incident but the Chief Minister had told us to have faith in the CID,” Mr Giri recalled.

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