Calcutta High Court Takes Suo-Motu Cognizance Of Birbhum Killings

Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court has registered a Sou Motu case in the violence of Rampurhat, in West Bengal’s Birbhum district which led to the death of eight people. According to News Agency ANI’s report, a bench headed by the Chief Justice will be hearing the matter today at 2 pm.

The matter will be heard by a bench comprising Chief Justice Prakash Shrivastava and Justice Rajarshi Bharadwaj.

On Tuesday a PIL petition was filed demanding an investigation of the incident either by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The PIL was filed by Advocate Anindya Kumar Das, asserting ‘serious law and order problem’ at Rampurhat.

At least eight people were burnt to death after their homes were set on fire by a violent mob. On Monday night a mob attacked in Birbhum of West Bengal, following the murder of a Trinamool Congress leader over a feud. The death toll may rise.

This incident has put the TMC government in a tight spot, unfolded at Boktui village in Rampurhat after a gang of four goons, travelling on two motorcycles with their faces covered, attacked on upa pradhan (deputy chief) Bhadu Sheikh of Boroshal gram panchayat, at a tea stall on Monday evening.

He was taken to Rampurhat Hospital. He was declared brought dead by the doctors.

State DGP Manoj Malviya said that there is no political angle here, and gave ‘personal enmity’ as a reason for murder.

Sheikh’s family has accused his party colleagues of his murder. They said that over an internal feud, he was killed, after the murder of his brother Babar last year.

Within an hour of Sheikh’s murder, his followers reciprocated by setting at least seven-eight houses on fire after locking the residents from outside. Azizul Haque, an official of the Rampurhat fire station, told the media that three charred bodies were recovered on Monday night while seven more were found at a house early Tuesday. The list of victims which include many women and children is yet to be identified due to severe burns.

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