CBI Files Chargesheet Against 16 Accused In Birbhum Violence

Birbhum Violence

CBI had registered a case earlier in  March against 22 accused and others in compliance with the orders of the High Court, Calcutta.

Kolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a charge sheet against 16 accused before the Competent Court and also submitted a report against two Children in Conflict with Law (CCL) in the Court of Principal Magistrate, Juvenile Justice Board, Suri, Birbhum in an on-going investigation of a case related to the death of 10 persons while their houses were set on fire at Village-Bogtui, District Birbhum (West Bengal) on Monday.

CBI had registered a case earlier in  March against 22 accused and others in compliance with the orders of the High Court, Calcutta in connection with WPA 130, 124,125,126, 129, and 133 of 2022 and taken over the investigation of FIR No 169/2022 on March 22, earlier registered at Police Station Rampurhat, District Birbhum (West Bengal) on a complaint against 22 accused and others.

It was alleged that Bhadu Shekh of village-Bogtui, who was the Deputy Pradhan of Barshal GP was murdered by inflicting bomb blast injuries, at Bogtui More on NH-60.

After the mishap, serious tension cropped up at Bogtui More on NH-60 and its vicinity over the issue of said murder. It was further alleged that the followers and associates of killed Bhadu Shekh, ransacked the houses of rival groups in  Bogtui village and set them ablaze to kill the persons inside and their kin.

The consequence to which was, that seven persons were burnt to death and four other persons also sustained severe burn injuries. Identities of the deceased persons could not be established. Later on, out of four injured victims; one Lady succumbed to her injuries at Rampurhat Medical College and Hospital. The State Police arrested 21 suspected persons.

After taking over the investigation as per the Orders of the Calcutta High Court, a large team of the Central Bureau Of Investigation including experts from CFSL immediately reached Rampurhat.

Vital physical and biological evidence was corroborated by the CFSL team. The Dead bodies recovered were completely charred and beyond recognition. The biological samples of these victims as preserved during autopsy examination along with the blood samples of the probable direct relatives of the victims were sent for DNA profiling.

With the help of DNA profiling, the identity of all the seven victims was established. Later, two more victims succumbed to their burn injuries taking the death toll to ten.

During the probe, CBI collected substantial evidence with the help of scientific methods.

Initially, the village was almost deserted and no witnesses were forthcoming due to fear. Many witnesses had taken shelter in other villages.

After sustained efforts, several witnesses came forward and the statement was recorded. It was found that there was a long-standing rivalry in the village between two groups. One group was led by the late Bhadu SK, while the other group was led by a member of one of the victims’ families and others.

Later, CBI arrested  06 accused during the investigation. Four of them were arrested in Mumbai.

Further investigation is continuing regarding the involvement of other accused and to unearth the larger conspiracy involved.

A charge sheet has been filed in the case related to the death of 10 persons at Bogtui Village, Bhirbhum District West Bengal Under Section 120-B r/w 147, 148, 149, 302, 307, 435, 436, 460, 201, and 109 of IPC.



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