West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday visited the family of Ashok Sen, who was killed in a police firing in November. Mamata handed over a cheque of Rs 2 lakh to Ashok’s wife and offered his elder son a government job.
The TMC chief, during the visit to Tehatta in Nadia district, also promised Rs 25,000 compensation and government jobs to the injured.
“We have started an investigation into the incident and the probe will prove who is the culprit. Such an incident should never happen again,” said Mamata.
The State Government has ordered a judicial probe into the firing, while the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought a report from the state administration.
Opposition parties criticised Mamata for announcing government initiatives at a TMC programme. “Some villagers had been allegedly demanding permission to organise puja at a particular venue and put up a blockade.
Finding it difficult to remove the blockade, the sub-divisional police officer of Tehatta, Sailesh Shah, along with some police personnel, opened fire at them resulting in the death of one person,” the NHRC had said in a statement.
In a similar incident, the police had opened fire in Loba village in Birbhum district. Mamata received a lukewarm response from the villagers during her earlier visit in the month.