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State govt. looking into Purulia firing: HM
Correspondent/Staff Reporter KOHIMA/DIMAPUR, OCT 2 (NPN):
Published on 3 Oct. 2010 12:31 AM IST
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Following Thursday’s Purulia incident where Nagaland IRB personnel while conducting mobile vehicular check point (MVCP), allegedly gunned down one person identified as Bikas Mishra, Nagaland home minister Imkong L. Imchen described the incident as “unfortunate”. He also assured that state government was seriously looking into the matter.
“We are sorry for the unfortunate incident and this was never intentional,” Imchen told Nagaland Post. He also assured that the state government was looking into the incident and that it “would do whatever possible within the permissible limit.”
The minister said as per information received, Naga IRB personnel had fired after they (victims) who were traveling in a vehicle, refused to stop even after they were asked to stop while conducting MVCP.
He pointed out that the location where the Naga IRB personnel were deployed was in a “warlike situation”, Imchen said this could have prompted the IRB jawans to react the way they did.
The incident took place near the Naga IRB headquarters which is located right in the middle of a busy market.
Police sources said that, information was passed on to the Naga IRB personnel to halt any MVCP in the area till further orders.
Since it is a Maoist infested area, jawans are told to keep strict vigil on any suspicious activity or movements. Jawans are also restricted to move about in towns due to security reasons, police sources said.
According to media reports, one person was killed and another injured in a firing by Naga IRB personnel in West Bengal’s Purulia district early Friday, triggering public protests and a 12-hour shutdown in the area.
One Bikas Mishra was killed while Ganesh Kar Gupta was injured when a security picket of the Naga IRB jawans opened fire after the duo refused to stop their vehicle at a checkpost in Chawkbazar area in West Bengal.
“Troopers of the Nagaland Indian Reserve Battalion (NIRB) were patrolling around 1.30 a.m. and when the vehicle flouted orders, the security personnel opened fire. One person died and one was injured,” Purulia Superintendent of Police Rajesh Yadav Saturday said.
Presently, two companies of Naga IRB troopers have been deployed in and around Ayodhya Hills of Purulia district to flush out Maoists from the area which has been identified as Maoist-hit.
West Bengal government on Friday had ordered an enquiry into the incident.

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