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Birbhum Violence Updates: Calcutta HC Reserves Verdict; 31 CCTVs Installed, Witness Protection Extended, Bengal Govt Informs Court

Birbhum Violence Updates: The MHA has sought a detailed report on the incident from the West Bengal government

News18.com | March 24, 2022, 22:25 IST
Rampurhat, Birbhum, West Bengal

Birbhum Violence Updates: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee reached Bogtui village in Rampurhat on Thursday, three days after the killing of TMC Panchayat leader sparked off arson, burning at least ten people alive, including two children, whose charred bodies were recovered by the police at the scene of the crime. . Read More

Mar 24, 2022 21:03 IST

Birbhum Killings: SDPO Suspended After CM Rebukes Him for Not Taking Precautionary Measure

The Birbhum Police today suspended Rampurhat sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Shayan Ahmed in connection with the Bogtui village arson that claimed eight lives, and put on him on ‘compulsory waiting’, a senior officer said. The suspension came hours after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lambasted a few police officers in Rampurhat, stating that “duty negligence” probably led to the incident. Eight people, including two children, were burnt alive in Bogtui village earlier this week in a suspected fallout of a TMC panchatyat official’s murder. “The SDPO has been sent on compulsory waiting with immediate effect,” the senior police officer said.

Mar 24, 2022 19:22 IST

Bengal Govt Suspends SDPO Rampurhat

In connection with recent incidence at Rampurhat area in West Bengal, the West Bengal government has suspended SDPO Rampurhat Sayan Ahmad.

Mar 24, 2022 17:55 IST

Birbhum Violence Case: BJP Demands Impartial Probe by CBI, NIA

“Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wants to buy dead bodies by providing money and job to families of deceased. There will be many such incidents if government won’t look into root causes. She can’t control the law and order situation. We want an impartial probe by CBI and NIA,” news agency ANI quoted West Bengal BJP chief Sukanta Majumdar as saying.

Mar 24, 2022 17:43 IST

BJP MLAs Stage Walkout in Bengal Assembly as Speaker Refuses Discussion on Birbhum Killings

Opposition BJP MLAs staged a walkout in the Assembly on Thursday after the speaker refused to grant time for a discussion on the recent Birbhum killings. As soon as the members assembled, Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari, along with other saffron party MLAs, rushed to the well of the House, demanding a discussion on the violence in Birbhum that claimed eight left eight dead, including two children. The saffron party legislators held placards that had ‘Manush mara sarkar, aar nei dorkar’ (we do not want this government which kills people) written on them. As speaker Biman Banerjee turned down the demand, the BJP MLAs staged a walkout.

Mar 24, 2022 17:15 IST

Birbhum Violence Case: Calcutta HC Reserves Order

The Calcutta High Court today reserved its verdict in a case pertaining to the Birbhum violence in West Bengal. Meanwhile, the state government informed the bench that 31 CCTV cameras have been installed and witness protection has also been extended as per prior directions of the court.

Mar 24, 2022 16:51 IST

Bengal Govt Failed to Control Violence in State, Says Asaduddin Owaisi

“Whatever happened in Birbhum shows that government is using Muslims as their foot soldiers. Two groups of same political party creating violence where several are killed including children is condemnable, state government has failed to control violence in Bengal,” news agency ANI quoted AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi as saying.

Mar 24, 2022 16:39 IST

Birbhum Violence: IC at Rampurhar PS Suspended for 'Gross Misconduct'

Tridip Pramanik, Inspector of Police, presently posted as Inspector in Charge, Rampurhar PS, Birbhum district has been suspended with immediate effect for his gross misconduct and dereliction of duty unbecoming of a member of a disciplined Police force, said Additional DGP Law and Order, West Bengal.

Mar 24, 2022 16:25 IST

TMC Delegation Seeks Bengal Governor's Ouster; BJP, Cong Attack State Govt

A Trinamool Congress delegation met Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday and sought the ouster of West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar as a political fight over the horrifying killing of eight persons in the state’s Birbhum district continued to echo inside and outside Parliament. Read More

Mar 24, 2022 16:23 IST

Ground Report: How A Rivalry of Two Sheikhs Stirred Up Fiery Carnage in Bengal's Bogtui Village

A tussle over sand mining or local area control? No one seems sure yet but what appears clear is that the violence this week in West Bengal’s Rampurhat had nothing to do with the broader political conflict between the Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party. In fact, sources say, it is likely a case of a feud between two people affiliated with the same party that escalated with disastrous consequences. Read More

Mar 24, 2022 16:21 IST

Birbhum Violence: TMC Block President Anarul Hussain Arrested

Anarul Hussain, the TMC block president of Rampurhat, has been arrested by the West Bengal Police hours after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee issued orders to arrest him in connection with Rampurhat carnage.

Mar 24, 2022 15:38 IST

Mins Before Cops Reached Anarul's House, News18 Spoke to TMC Block Prez. Here's What He Said

If one talks to local villagers promising them anonymity, the name which comes up is of Anarul Hussain, the TMC block president of Rampurhat. The local residents claim he was close to Bhadu Sheikh, and was the factor behind Bhadu’s growing wealth. It was Anarul who saved him from everything, they said. Read More

Mar 24, 2022 15:35 IST

Birbhum Violence Case: NHRC Team to Carry Out Probe

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairperson Justice Arun Mishra India has taken suo motu cognizance of the killings in the Birbhum district of West Bengal. Investigations would be carried out by NHRC team there, said NHRC officials.

Mar 24, 2022 15:25 IST

Birbhum Violence: TMC Delegation Meets Amit Shah

A 13-member TMC delegation led by Derek O’ Brien and Sudip Bandyopadhyay met with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in view of the Birbhum violence in West Bengal.

Mar 24, 2022 15:04 IST

Congress leader Adhir Chowdhury reaching Bogtui Village

Mar 24, 2022 14:59 IST

Suspects of Rampurhat Killings to Be Hunted Down, Handed Strictest Punishment: Mamata

Taking a tough stance, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said suspects of the Rampurhat killings will have to be hunted down and arrested unless they surrender, and asserted that police would ensure the strictest punishment for the culprits. Banerjee, who landed at a helipad near Bogtui village where 8 people were burnt alive early on Tuesday, also promised permanent government jobs to members of the 10 affected families.

“Police will ensure strictest punishment is handed out to culprits responsible for the Rampurhat carnage. The case filed before the court should be water-tight,” she said. The chief minister announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of the kin of the victims, and Rs 2 lakh each for rebuilding the damaged houses.

Mar 24, 2022 14:44 IST

Birbhum Violence: Youth Will Leave, 'Bhadralok' Will Disappear as West Bengal Witnesses a Bloody Decline

Though Bengal has not till date produced any “Dabang” politicians of national fame, political violence is not alien to the state. Among many stereotypes of Bengalis, one is of being peace-loving. The other being Bengalis are an intellectual race. Literacy should not be confused with education. In any case, another communist-ruled state of India down South has proven that academic qualification is no guarantee for eschewing savage political culture. Thus, the political history of Bengal is not strewn with roses. Read the full story here.

Mar 24, 2022 13:25 IST

Mamata Reaches Bogtui Village

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee reached Bogtui village in Rampurhat on Thursday, three days after the killing of TMC Panchayat leader sparked off arson, burning at least ten people alive, including two children, whose charred bodies were recovered by the police at the scene of the crime.

Mar 24, 2022 12:54 IST

Birbhum Victims Badly Beaten Up Before Being Burnt Alive: Autopsy Report

The eight people, including three women and two children, who were burnt alive in Bogtui village in West Bengal’s Birbhum district were badly beaten up before the carnage, their postmortem examination has revealed. As per preliminary findings of the forensic experts, who conducted the tests on the charred bodies found inside the houses that were allegedly set on fire by unidentified people early on Tuesday, the victims were first badly beaten up and then burnt alive, an official told .

Mar 24, 2022 12:34 IST

Adhir Chowdhury stages sit-in after he was stopped on road on his way to Rampurhat

Mar 24, 2022 11:26 IST

Number of Those Arrested for Birbhum Killings Rises to 22, Left Hold Rally Near at Rampurhat

At least 22 people have been arrested so far in connection with violence in West Bengal’s Birbhum district that claimed eight lives, a senior police officer said on Wednesday. Family members of Bhadu Sheikh, the TMC Panchayat leader whose killing on Monday is suspected to have sparked off the attack with petrol bombs on some 10 houses in Bogtui village on the outskirts of Rampurhat town, claimed that Sheikh’s sons were among those arrested. However the police as yet have not released any names of suspects who have been arrested. All eight of them, including two children, were charred to death as nearly a dozen houses were set ablaze with petrol bombs in Bogtui village in the early hours of Tuesday.

Birbhum Violence Updates: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee reached Bogtui village in Rampurhat on Thursday, three days after the killing of TMC Panchayat leader sparked off arson, burning at least ten people alive, including two children, whose charred bodies were recovered by the police at the scene of the crime.

Meanwhile, the post-mortem examination has revealed that the eight people, including three women and two children, who were burnt alive in Bogtui village in West Bengal’s Birbhum district were badly beaten up before the carnage. As per preliminary findings of the forensic experts, who conducted the tests on the charred bodies found inside the houses that were allegedly set on fire by unidentified people early on Tuesday, the victims were first badly beaten up and then burnt alive, an official told PTI.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Wednesday took cognizance of the incident of ‘brutal violence’ in West Bengal’s Birbhum where 10 people, including women, were burnt to death after the murder of a deputy Panchayat Pradhan.

“It is a matter of grave concern and the commission has taken serious note of the lapse on the part of the authorities to take adequate safety measures of the women in those areas,” NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma said in a letter to West Bengal DGP Manoj Malaviya.

At least 22 people have been arrested so far in connection with violence in West Bengal’s Birbhum district that claimed eight lives, a senior police officer said on Wednesday. Family members of Bhadu Sheikh, the TMC Panchayat leader whose killing on Monday is suspected to have sparked off the attack with petrol bombs on some 10 houses in Bogtui village on the outskirts of Rampurhat town, claimed that Sheikh’s sons were among those arrested. However, the police as yet have not released any names of suspects who have been arrested.

All eight of them, including two children, were charred to death as nearly a dozen houses were set ablaze with petrol bombs in Bogtui village in the early hours of Tuesday.

Eleven people were arrested the same day for their involvement in the incident. “We are grilling them (those arrested) to find out if there were more people involved in the incident. Some accused seem to have fled the village. We are trying to trace them,” the officer said.

He added that forensic experts were examining the ravaged houses to get an idea about the “nature of the mishap”. The West Bengal government has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by Additional Director General (CID) Gyanwant Singh, to probe the incident.

The Union home ministry has sought a detailed report on the incident from the state government. Meanwhile, the Left Front (LF) on Wednesday took out a rally in Rampurhat town of West Bengal’s Birbhum district, demanding justice for those killed in violence in the area the day before. LF chairman Biman Bose, who led the rally along with CPI(M) state secretary Mohd Salim, said any attempt to hush up the “mass murder” would be resisted.

Bose slammed the police for “not doing anything” to rescue the villagers. Speaking to reporters after visiting the site of the incident, Salim alleged that illegal sand mining mafia played a role in the attacks.

He demanded stern punishment for the perpetrators. “We want strictest punishment for those involved in the barbaric attack,” he said.

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