Probe into police firing from Mar 17,report within 6 months: CM

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Kolkata, Mar 13 (UNI) The inquiry commission formed to probe the Dinhata police firing would begin work from March 17 and submit its report within six months, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said today.

Giving a statement in the Assembly on the police firing at Dinhata In Coochbehar district on February 5 which claimed five Forward Bloc supporters, the Chief Minister said the CRPF did not open fire on the agitationists as was alleged by the party.

He said police first lathicharged the mob and then burst tear gas shells when a law violation programme organised by the All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) workers turned violent at Dinhata but failed to control the situation.

'' The police was compelled to open fire to save life and property as the agitationists set afire vehicles and resorted to vandalism and the situation went out of control,'' the Chief Minister observed.

He said one National Volunteer Force (NVF) personnel was also killed by the mob while 24 policemen sustained injuries.

'' The Commission will enquire into all aspects of the incident- the background, the justification of police firing and other related matters,'' Mr Bhattacharjee maintained.

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