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Daribhit families, Two from South Dinajpur get Modi’s invite

On 20 September last year, some Daribhit school students were protesting in the school against the appointment of teachers for inconsequential subjects, and demanding that teachers be sent for more important subjects, when police allegedly opened fire killing the two students.

Statesman News Service | Raiganj/Balurghat |

Parents of the two students killed in alleged police firing in the Daribhit High School in Islampur in North Dinajpur district, are all set to be part of the ceremony in Delhi on 30 May where Narendra Modi will be sworn in as the Prime Minister for the second term.

As the family members of both Rajesh Sarkar and Tapas Barman set out for Delhi today, it is also learnt that two families in South Dinajpur district, who lost their members in the last rural elections in the state, have also been invited to be part of the oathtaking ceremony.

Badal Barman and Manju Barman, the parents of the deceased Tapas Barman and Nilkamal Sarkar and Jharna Sarkar, the parents of Rajesh Sarkar reached Kolkata from Islampur on their way to Delhi On Wednesday morning.

“They then started for Delhi from the Howrah station with some state BJP members in the afternoon,” sources said. The locals of Daribhit village were happy as the families were invited to attend the oath-taking ceremony. They have also expressed hope that the BJP led central government will act to order CBI inquiry into the death of the students.

On 20 September last year, some Daribhit school students, along with their guardians, were protesting in the school against the appointment of teachers for inconsequential subjects, and demanding that teachers be sent for more important subjects, when police allegedly opened fire at the protesters, killing the two students.

During election campaign in Raiganj recently, BJP leader Amit Shah has assured action to have CBI investigations into the death.

“The families reached Kolkata this morning with some of our district BJP leaders. Then they started for Delhi with our state committee members. Our party is bearing all their expenses,” the President of the North Dinajpur BJP Committee, Nirmal Dam, said.

A resident of Daribhit village, Naren Sarkar, said that villagers were happy as Narendra Modi respected the families and invited them to be part of his oath-taking ceremony.

“We really hope that the central government will provide justice to the families of the students,” he said. In South Dinajpur, Uttam Barman, the BJP booth president of Azmatpur area under the Tapan block, was killed in the last rural body elections by unidentified persons.

Kalpana Barman, the widow of Uttam Barman, has started for Delhi to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Mr Modi. Also, Uttam Gune, an active BJP worker from the Patiram Bahicha area, was killed just after the rural body elections. However, Tapati Gune, his widow could not go to Delhi owing to family problems, it is learnt.