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Mamata’s leg injury ‘accidental’, not due to attack, special observers tell EC

Preliminary police findings submitted to EC last week also said the Nandigram incident that left CM Mamata Banerjee injured was an accident, and not an attack. EC to decide today.

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New Delhi: Days after the Trinamool Congress alleged that the Nandigram incident in which Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was injured was a “planned attack”, a team of special observers has told the Election Commission of India (ECI) that the injury she sustained during campaigning was “accidental”.

Sources in the ECI said special observers Ajay Nayak and Vivek Dubey have ruled out the possibility that the injury in her leg was due to an attack. Moreover, their report said, the CM had heavy police cover at the time of the injury, according to the sources.

The three election commissioners are expected to meet Sunday and take a decision on the incident, the sources said.

The ECI had earlier sought a report on the incident from West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapon Bandopadhyay. His report said Banerjee sustained the injury as a result of her car door slamming. However, the sources said, the report was “vague” and did not describe how the car door got slammed on her leg.

The preliminary police findings submitted to the ECI last week also said the incident in Nandigram was an accident, and not an attack.

Banerjee had alleged Wednesday evening that she was “attacked” by four-five men who pushed her, and banged the door of her car, causing injuries to her. The BJP had dismissed the episode as “drama”.

The Nandigram incident came hours after the state’s director general of police (DGP) was moved out on the orders of the EC, and a successor sent in.

The Trinamool Congress has described the series of events — from the DGP’s removal to the Nandigram episode — part of a “well-thought-out plan”.

A Trinamool Congress delegation led by Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien filed a complaint with the EC, calling the incident a “deep-rooted conspiracy” to kill Banerjee. A team also met the EC Friday and demanded a high-level probe into the incident, claiming that it was not an “unfortunate incident”, but a conspiracy.

However, the ECI had hit back at the party for alleging that it had removed the DGP as part of a plan.

West Bengal is going to elections in eight phases starting 27 March. Mamata is contesting from Nandigram where BJP has put up former Trinamool minister Suvendu Adhikari.


Also read: In West Bengal, an injured Mamata Banerjee is more lethal for BJP. Over to Modi


 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Public does not need special observer’s report to learn that it was an accident, capitalised by Mumtaz Bano as an attack. She has a proclivity for cheap theatrics. I am sure she has gained a couple of thousand or couple of lakhs of sympathy votes, for having been seen on the hospital bed with heavy plaster and emerging from the hospital in a wheel chair.

    Even the stupid Indian voters cannot be fooled all the time.

  2. Is riding on the footboard with the door open a violation of any law? Be it during the election or otherwise?
    If the answer is YES Didi should be booked.
    Otherwise allow everyone to do it.

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