Left Front chairperson Biman Bose deposed here on Wednesday before the Commission set up by the Trinamool Congress government to probe the police firing on Youth Congress supporters on July 21, 1993.
Thirteen persons had died in the firing on Youth Congress supporters who were going in a procession to Writers’ Building, the State Secretariat.
Though Mr. Bose maintained that he was not in the city when the incident occurred, he urged the inquiry commission to come up with the facts — whether it was violence by those protesting that triggered the firing or that the police had fired on its own on the protesters.
“I was not a part of the State government… nor one of Writers’ Building. Journalists are aware how many times [read seldom] I had visited the State Secretariat in 34 years of Left Front rule… I was not even in the city but read about the incident in newspapers,” Mr. Bose, who is also a member of the Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the party’s State Secretary told journalists.
Asked by Justice Sushanta Chatterjee, chairperson of the Commission whether he was aware of any incident where so many people have been killed in police firing, the CPI(M) leader said that on August 31, 1959 about 80 people demanding food supplies were killed in police baton-charge. He described the police atrocities in what is commonly referred to as the “Food Movement” as condemnable and despicable.
Asked how he viewed the firing on July 21, 1993 Mr. Bose told the Commission that while the people who had died in 1959 were not armed he had read in newspapers that those who participated in the Youth Congress rally carried choppers and bombs and also threw stones at the police..