Bengal BJP president warns of more shootings like Sitalkuchi, draws condemnation

‘The kind of naughty boys who got shot in Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar, won’t remain in Bengal. This is just the beginning,’ says Dilip Ghosh

West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Dilip Ghosh on Sunday courted a controversy by issuing a warning that “there will be Sitalkuchi cases in various places” if anyone takes the law into their own hands.

“Where have so many naughty boys come from? The kind of naughty boys who got shot in Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar, won’t remain in Bengal. This is just the beginning. ….Those who take the law into their own hands will be dealt with in a befitting manner… If they want to fight, then they have seen what happened at Sitalkuchi. There will be Sitalkuchi cases in various places. So be careful,” State BJP president said, addressing a public meeting at Baranagar in North 24 Parganas.


Mr. Ghosh, who is no stranger to making outrageous comments said that those who thought that the guns carried by the central forces are just for show, are now realizing the strength of the guns.

Five persons were killed in two separate incidents of firing at Sitalkuchi at Cooch Behar during the fourth phase of polling on April 10. Four persons died when central forces opened fire at booth number 126 at Jor Patki village in Sitalkuchi Assembly segment.

While the administration and security forces said that the forces opened fire in self-defense when the mob tried to stanch weapons Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee blamed Union Home Minister for the violence and called the incident a “ genocide”.

The Bengal BJP president also accused Chief Minister of inciting violence and demanded that the Election Commission should prevent her from campaigning.

The remarks drew condemnation from different political parties including the Trinamool Congress and the Left parties.

“We have always said that the BJP is a fascist party, and Dilip Ghosh’s comment has proved the point….I have no words to condemn it.” TMC MP Saugata Roy said. Communist party of India ( Marxist) leader Sujan Chakraborty said that Mr. Ghosh does not understand the meaning of democracy, has no proper conception about human rights.

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