Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is on a foreign tour now, has claimed that goons hired by the RSS-BJP fired bullets during the police-student clash at Islampur on 20 September, killing two college students.
The pinpointed claim came on a day the BJP called for a 12-hour Bengal bandh on 26 September (Wednesday) against the police brutality at Islampur and elsewhere in the state. The Chief Minister is scheduled to return to Kolkata on 27 September.
Apart from the ruling party Trinamool, opposition Left Front has also opposed the bandh calling it “politically motivated.” LF has stated in a Press release that it wants a high-level judicial probe into the incident and adequate compensation for the families of the two deceased students.
Speaking to a group of journalists, who are accompanying her in the foreign tour, the Chief Minister said that the RSS-BJP combine was behind the killing of the students and that police are trying to specifically identify those who opened fire at the students during the clash at Islampur’s Darvit High School.
“The violence at Darvit School was premeditated: their plan was to trigger a riot on the day of Muharram (which was the next day). Police have furnished a preliminary report after the post-mortem of the two students. The bullets (found in the two students’ dead body) are not police bullets,” she said in Milan in Italy today.
“RSS-BJP has killed the two students and they shall have to answer for this. They were instigating the students not to allow the Urdu teacher to join the school, while raising no objection the Sanskrit teacher! Else, how come the students know which teacher is joining? This does not fall under the purview of the students,” the Chief Minister added.
Claiming that RSS leaders from outside Bengal are sitting in different parts of the state and trying to foment trouble, she thundered that there will be no bandh on 26 September. “I have asked the administration to deal with this firmly but peacefully.”
The Chief Minister’s claim that the students only objected to the joining of the newly recruited Urdu teacher, has, however, been contested by the residents and students of Darvit.
They have produced a letter signed by the school’s management committee, which reflects that the students were objecting to both the Urdu and Sanskrit teachers. Instead, they were demanding teachers for other subjects like Bengali, history, political science, etc.
Reacting to the Chief Minister’s allegation, Bengal RSS leaders have said that the state government shall have to prove this or else tender an unconditional apology within 24-hours. It has also demanded a CBI probe into the Islampur incident.
State BJP president Dilip Ghosh, who announced the 26 September bandh from Buniadpur in South Dinajpur, said that the state government shall have to pay Rs 20-30-lakh as compensation to the families of the two deceased students.
BJP leader Mukul Roy said in Kolkata that Mamata Banerjee is behaving like Hitler.
“This is because she has the police, DG, CP with her. She wants to dictate the course of politics in Bengal. Mamata is playing with fire: she has forgotten the political history of 34 years that preceded her rule. Let her recall that Trinamool had even called a 36-hour bandh when in the opposition,” Roy said.
Tomorrow, a five-member BJP delegation led by Rajya Sabha MP, Roopa Ganguly, is scheduled to visit Islampur to meet the bereaved families of the two students.