Kolkata: Police have registered an FIR against the BJP and the decorating agency for causing injury by negligence in connection with the collapse of a tent at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally at Midnapore College Ground yesterday.
The incident had left 90 people injured; 76 of them are still under treatment at the Midnapore Medical College and Hospital for wounds and fractures. BJP was the organiser of the event and had outsourced the task of erecting tents and the dais to a private decorating agency.
After preliminary probe, West Midnapore district police today registered an FIR for culpable homicide not amounting to murder as they found that neither the BJP nor the agency had paid adequate attention to the safety and security of the audience while erecting the tents.
The section under which the FIR has been registered is nonbailable and on being proven guilty carries a maximum punishment of up to 10 years with or without a fine. Police, however, are yet to arrest anyone.
Soon after registering of the FIR, the CID took over the investigation. Senior CID officers visited the spot during the day today and so did a team from the State Forensic Science Laboratory in Kolkata.
The forensic experts, sources claimed, have found loopholes in the structure on which the tent was raised. They have found out that the iron poles were rusted and there was no mechanism to drain out the rain water accumulating on the roof.
Meanwhile, a three-member team of the Special Protection Group ~ which is responsible for the safety and security of the Prime Minister ~ arrived from Delhi today. Till late in the evening they were holding a meeting with the police and administrative officers at the Midnapore Circuit House so to fix responsibility for the mishap yesterday.