Union minister of state for Urban development Deepa Das Munshi has demanded human rights intervention in Loba, Dubrajpur, in Birbhum, where on Tuesday police allegedly opened fire on innocent villagers.
The MoS was in Loba on Monday morning, along with other senior Congress district and state leaders. She interacted with leaders of the Krishi Jomi Raksha Committee (KRC) before addressing a gathering. Later, she visited the village and met the families of those injured in the incident.
“Earlier, we demanded a CBI probe to investigate the truth. We stick to our stand, now we also want human rights intervention in Loba, since human rights were violated here,” she said, asserting that police firing on a peaceful democratic movement was, in fact, an utter violation of human rights.
In her speech the MoS criticised chief minister Mamata Banerjee for writing the Loba incident off as a concocted event. “Ghotona sajano noi (It is not a concocted incident),” she said, adding, “The chief minister’s version is a concocted one.”
Accusing the state government of being ‘aimless’. “They don’t have any policy, whether it be land or industry related. The Loba incident is a result of this lack of policies,” she said.
Bringing up her pet peeve, she added, “I am suffering with the same problem in Raigunj. The people are ready to give land for AIMS, but due to this government, the project has not taken shape as yet.”
Das Munshi said, “It surprises me that police force was needed at all. I have learnt that cadres of the ruling party were also involved.” Declaring that the incident was reminiscent of Nanadigram, Deepa said, “We don’t want another Singur or Nandigram,” she added.
Deepa told her supporters that the Congress would not allow any party to bag political mileage from the Loba movement. She also assured villagers that her party would provide adequate modern treatment to those injured.
Meanwhile, in Kolkata, a team of Left Front MLAs, led by the leader of Opposition Suryakanta Mishra, met governor MK Narayan to submit a memorandum on the Loba firing. Mishra slammed the state government for trying to underplay the issue.