PM Modi urges the ECI to take strict action against accused in Cooch Behar killings

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday condoled the deaths in Cooch Behar and urged the Election Commission to take strict action against the accused of the incidents, in which five people including a first time voter were killed.

Addressing a BJP rally in north Bengal, PM Modi said, ” What happened in Cooch Behar is very saddening. My sympathies are with the families of those who died, I condole their demise.”

Four people were killed in firing at Mathabhanga, hours after a first-time voter was shot dead at Sitalkuchi in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district.

The security forces resorted to firing in defence in which Hamidul Haque, Haminul Haque, Manirul Haque and Nur Alam were hit by the bullets at Jorepatki under Mathabhanga assembly constituency in Cooch Behar where the 4th phase of the West Bengal assembly polls was underway.

Earlier in the day, a new voter identified as Ananda Burman was shot dead by some miscreants at Paglapir polling booth in Sitalkunchi while standing in a queue to cast his vote.

The Election Commission of India sought a detailed report of the violence and firing incident.

Slamming the chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee for allegedly provoking her supporters against the central forces, Modi said ” Didi and her goons are perturbed, seeing the people’s support for BJP. She has stooped to this level as she can see her chair slipping away,” said the prime minister.

He said the defeat of the TMC government was imminent and a double engine government of the BJP to be installed after May 2.