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July 21 probe panel report a damp squib

After spending three years and lakhs of rupees from the public exchequer, the muchhyped commission of inquiry set up to probe the police firing on Youth Congress supporters on July 21, 1993, has recommended the setting up of another committee or commission to find out the various police documents on the firing that are missing.

kolkata Updated: Dec 30, 2014 15:00 IST
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After spending three years and lakhs of rupees from the public exchequer, the muchhyped commission of inquiry set up to probe the police firing on Youth Congress supporters on July 21, 1993, has recommended the setting up of another committee or commission to find out the various police documents on the firing that are missing. The commission, chaired by retired Justice Sushanta Chatterjee, tabled its report before the state government on Monday.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/12/file_photograph.jpg

Chief minister Mamata Bannerjee had set up the commission to enquire into the incident soon after she became chief minister in 2011. She had promised to set up such a panel in her election manifesto.

The report of the commission turned out to be a damp squib to all those awaiting a conclusive report. The commission admitted that it had failed to answer the all-important question: who gave the order to open fire? But, it said the firing was “more brutal than the incident at Jallianwalabagh”.

“The firing was illegal, irregular, unjustified, without provocation and unconstitutional,” the report said. The commission failed to identify the person or persons responsible for the firing. “It was the collective responsibility of the home department and the police.” The commission held the former Left Front government responsible for the firing. The report has recommended 25 lakh to the families of each of the dead and 5 lakh to those who were injured. The commission observed that lathi-charge and firing of tear gas shells could have been enough to disperse the agitating Youth Congress supporters.

“Politicians of every party who appeared before the commission termed the incident unfortunate and condemnable. But the police and the bureaucrats traded blame on the responsibility of the firing,” the report said.

The commission failed to identify the person or persons responsible for the firing. “It was the collective responsibility of the home department and the police.” The commission held the former Left Front government responsible for the firing. The report has recommended 25 lakh to the families of each of the dead and 5 lakh to those who were injured. The commission observed that lathi-charge and firing of tear gas shells could have been enough to disperse the agitating Youth Congress supporters.

“Politicians of every party who appeared before the commission termed the incident unfortunate and condemnable. But the police and the bureaucrats traded blame on the responsibility of the firing,” the report said.

The commission failed to identify the person or persons responsible for the firing. "It was the collective responsibility of the home department and the police." The commission held the former Left Front government responsible for the firing. The report has recommended 25 lakh to the families of each of the dead and 5 lakh to those who were injured. The commission observed that lathi-charge and firing of tear gas shells could have been enough to disperse the agitating Youth Congress supporters.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/12/sushanta_chatterjee.jpg

“Politicians of every party who appeared before the commission termed the incident unfortunate and condemnable. But the police and the bureaucrats traded blame on the responsibility of the firing,” the report said.