West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that a report of a BJP fact-finding panel on the Birbhum killings, submitted to party president JP Nadda, would weaken the CBI’s investigation into the incident and intervene. Eight people were burnt alive after a group of assassins attacked a group of houses with petrol bombs in Bagatui village near Rampurhat on March 21, and another died a week later after being injured. The attack is being seen as revenge for the killing of local TMC leader Vadu Sheikh a few hours ago.
Attacking the Saffron Party, Banerjee said the report named TMC Birbhum district president Anubrat Mandal, which “clearly shows the BJP’s vindictive attitude.” I condemn this attitude of the saffron team, “Banerjee told reporters in the hill town.
He said no political party should interfere in the investigation. “No (political) party or party should interfere while the investigation is going on. The investigation must be free and fair. The Calcutta High Court has also warned of mass protests if the BJP tries to influence the central body’s investigation.
“They mentioned the name of my district president. It is a biased and vindictive attitude. How can they say his name without completing the investigation? This means they want to arrest him. It is personal revenge. They are conspiring, “he said. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is investigating the case as per the directions of the Calcutta High Court. An SIT formed by the West Bengal government was earlier investigating the case.
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