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SDPO to be shifted, probe into firing

Calcutta, Nov. 29: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee today ordered a judicial inquiry into the Tehatta incident in which a subdivisional police officer fired at a mob leading to the death of one person.

Mamata also described as “wrong” the police action in Birbhum’s Loba, where a team had gone to recover an earth-mover kept “hostage” by villagers. She said the additional director-general, law and order, was probing the matter.

Mamata said the inquiries into the firing in Tehatta, Nadia, which followed a row over permission for Jagaddhatri puja at a site, and the clash in Loba, under Dubrajpur police station, would not be influenced.

“As we don’t want to allow anybody to influence the inquiries, the police superintendent of Birbhum has been sent on leave and the officer in charge of Dubrajpur has been transferredů. We will also remove the SDO, SDPO and the officer in charge of Tehatta,” the chief minister said.

Mamata, speaking to reporters outside Writers’ Buildings, also announced compensation for the victim’s family in Tehatta as well as for those injured in Dubrajpur. She said she would visit both the places to send a message that the “state government is with the common people”.

“The family of the victim in Tehatta will be given Rs 2 lakh — which has already been sanctioned — and a job. I will go to Tehatta to meet the family and hand over the compensationů. I will also visit Loba soon. We will give Rs 25,000 each to the five villagers who were injured,” Mamata said.