- West Bengal Governor slammed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in a 3-page letter.
- A bench headed by the Chief Justice will hear the matter today at 2 pm.
- 22 people have been arrested so far in connection with the violence.
Kolkata: On Wednesday, the Calcutta High Court registered a suo motu case in the incident of violence at Rampurhat in West Bengal’s Birbhum district in which 8 people died. A bench headed by the Chief Justice will hear the matter today at 2 pm. Earlier; West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar deplored Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in a 3-page letter which suggested that there was a political conspiracy behind the violence. “This is a ruse to shield the guilty of the ghastly crime. Already enough is in circulation about perpetrators of this savagery.
At least 23 persons have been held in connection with the violence in West Bengal’s Birbhum district since Monday night that left 9 people dead, including a panchayat leader of the ruling Trinamool Congress. While one was held in connection with the bomb attack that killed Bhadu Sheikh, the deputy chief of the Barshal gram panchayat, at least 22 persons were nabbed in connection with the death of 8 persons in the same village after their houses were set on fire following Sheikh’s murder.
Police lodged 2 separate cases for the deaths, while the state government formed a special investigation team (SIT) and removed two local police officers from duty on Tuesday. “It was personal enmity between two groups that might have led to the murder of Bhadu Sheikh. No political rivalry was involved in this,” Director General of West Bengal police Manoj Malviya said on Tuesday. The move came after a nine-member delegation of BJP MPs from West Bengal met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and sought his intervention and action against the perpetrators of the crime.