Chief Minister orders judicial enquiry into Dinhata firing

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Kolkata, Feb 10 (UNI) West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today ordered a judicial enquiry into the police firing at Dinhata in Coochbehar district in which five Forward Bloc (FB) supporters were killed.

The Chief Minister said the members of the judicial committee and its terms and reference would be announced shortly, state Chief Secretary Amit Kiran Deb said here today.

Altogether six people, including a policeman, were killed when FB supporters clashed with lawkeepers during a law violation programme in front of the SDO office at Dinhata on February six.

Alleging that the police deliberately killed their supporters to suppress a democratic movemnet, the FB called a statewide bandh the next day in protest against the incident.

The party, which was facing a rift with the CPI(M) on various issues, held a meeting with two other Left Front constituents - the RSP and CPI - to condemn the incident as well as exert more pressure on the CPI(M).

The Chief Minister, who himself holds the Home portfolio, was in Delhi on the day of the Dinhata firing. However, the Home department transferred two police officers posted in the area and sought a detailed report of the incident from the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police.

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