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Birbhum violence: Calcutta HC orders CBI to take over investigation


Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Friday ordered the West Bengal police to hand over the probe into Birbhum violence to the CBI.

Eight persons, including women and children, were killed in Rampurghat in Birbhum district on Tuesday when a mob set their houses on fire. The incident was reportedly a fallout of the killing of TMC leader Bhadu Sheikh.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ordered investigation by the Special Investigation Team of state police.

The Calcutta HC had taken suo motu cognizance of the violence and heard the matter on Wednesday.

On Friday, a division bench of Chief Justice Prakash Shrivastava and Justice R Bharadwaj directed the CBI to take over the investigation and submit a progress report by April 7, when the next hearing in the case will be held.

“Having regard to the aforesaid we are of the opinion that facts and circumstances of the case demand that in the interest of justice and to instill confidence in the society and to have fair investigation to dig out the truth it is necessary to hand over investigation to the CBI. Accordingly, we direct the State Government to forthwith hand over the investigation of the case to CBI,” the bench said in its order.

It also directed the state authorities to extend full cooperation to CBI in carrying out further investigation.


BJP MP Roopa Ganguly breaks down in Rajya Sabha

Former actress and BJP MP Roopa Ganguly broke down in the Rajya Sabha on Friday over the Birbhum violence.

Urging for President’s Rule in the state, she claimed there were mass killings happening in the state and it was no more liveable.



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