CPI-M on Tuesday demanded CBI and judicial probes into the Bijanbari bridge collapse that claimed 34 lives and left over 100 injured on Saturday.
Former state minister and CPI-M state committee member Asok Bhattacharya said here the administration had not made it clear if Gorkha Janamukti Morcha had taken formal permission for holding two different programmes at the same place.
"If no permission had been taken, it was an irresponsible and illegal act on the part of the GJM. And if the permission had been accorded, it was an equally irresponsible decision by the district administration," he alleged.
Bhattacharjee said policemen were not deployed in the area even though it was known to everybody that there would be a huge crowd, specially when there was a cultural programme involving popular singers.
He alleged that GLP (Gorkhaland personnel) were in charge of law and order there instead of the state police.
He also said the temporary electric connection had electrified the river water after the bridge crumbled in crowd pressure, multiplying the death toll.
The former minister, who is scheduled to meet Governor M K Narayanan today and demand the twin probes, said the state government, instead of finding out the reason for the mishap, was engaged in shielding the GJM and the district administration.