Trinamool Congress seeks campaign ban on Dilip Ghosh for his comment on Sitalkuchi killings

Bengal's ruling party moves EC with demand.

The Trinamool Congress has moved the Election Commission seeking campaign ban on West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Dilip Ghosh over his remarks on the killing of four people in Cooch Behar’s Sitalkuchi.

The Trinamool, in its letter to the EC has said that Ghosh “justified such murder and threatened Bengal and its people of more such murders in the following words: ‘ar jodi barabari kore Sitalkuchi dekheche ki hoche, jaegae jaegae Sitalkuchi hobe’ (people have seen what happened at Sitalkuchi, if anyone steps its boundary, the incident of Sitalkuchi will be repeated again and again)”. The letter said that “Instead of condemning the acts of violence of CRPF in the brutal cold-blooded killing of the four innocent people, Dilip Ghosh was… in fact encouraging similar spell of violence in the ongoing elections in West Bengal.”

Bengal’s ruling party also sought legal action against Ghosh for his controversial comments. “In the circumstances, we call upon you, to forthwith: First, initiate appropriate strict legal action, including criminal proceedings, against Dilip Ghosh for his inflammatory and inciting statement and openly threatening the electorate. Secondly, restrain Dilip Ghosh for campaigning for remaining phases,” the letter said.

Ghosh on Sunday, said at a public rally in support of BJP candidate Parno Mitra, that “this is just the start”. “Beware! Don’t cross the line. Some dushtu chhele (naughty boys) were shot at in Sitalkuchi. These naughty boys won’t stay in Bengal anymore. On April 17 (the next phase of election), the Central forces will continue to be on duty. If anyone crosses the line, then there will be a repeat of Sitalkuchi,” Ghosh said.

The BJP’s Bengal chief added that the “Central forces have not come to Bengal to casually visit the state with their firearms. They are actually using these. And those who have doubted it have felt the heat of these firearms. If anyone crosses the line, it will be repeated.”

During the fourth phase of polling in the state on Saturday, four persons died as CISF personnel opened fire following an alleged clash as voting was under way in the Sitalkuchi assembly constituency. Trinamool Congress chief and Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has termed the killings as “genocide”.