Birbhum Violence Update: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee arrived at Bagatui village in Rampurhat on Thursday, three days after the killing of a TMC panchayat leader. At the scene of the crime.
Meanwhile, an autopsy revealed that eight people, including three women and two children, were burnt alive in Bagatui village in Birbhum district of West Bengal before the murder. According to a preliminary investigation by forensic experts who examined the burnt bodies found inside the houses set on fire by unidentified persons on Tuesday morning, the victims were first badly beaten and then burned alive, an official told PTI.
The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Wednesday considered the incident of ‘brutal violence’ in Birbhum, West Bengal, where 10 people, including a woman, were burnt to death after a deputy panchayat chief was killed.
In a letter to West Bengal DGP Manoj, NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma said, “This is a matter of grave concern and the Commission has taken serious note of the failure of the authorities to provide adequate security to women in the region.” Malbia.
At least 22 people have so far been arrested in connection with the violence in West Bengal’s Birbhum district, which has left eight dead, a senior police official said on Wednesday. Family members of Vadu Sheikh, a TMC panchayat leader whose murder on Monday is suspected to have started a petrol bomb attack on about 10 houses in Bagtui village on the outskirts of Rampurhat town, have claimed that Sheikh’s sons were among those arrested. However, police have not yet released the names of the arrested suspects.
At least eight people, including two children, were burnt to death when a petrol bomb exploded in Bagatui village on Tuesday morning.
Eleven people were arrested on the same day for their alleged involvement in the incident. “We are questioning them (the detainees) if anyone else is involved in the incident. Some of the accused seem to have fled the village. We are trying to find them, “said the official.
He added that forensic experts were examining the wrecked houses to get an idea of the “nature of the accident”. The West Bengal government has formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Additional Director General (CID) Gyanwant Singh to probe the incident.
The Union Home Ministry has asked the state government for a detailed report on the incident. Meanwhile, the Left Front (LF) held a rally in the town of Rampurhat in West Bengal’s Birbhum district on Wednesday, 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 Mohammad Selim, said any attempt to stop the “genocide” would be thwarted.
Bose denounced the police for “doing nothing” to rescue the villagers. Speaking to reporters after inspecting the site, Selim alleged that the illegal sand mining mafia was behind the attack.
He demanded severe punishment for the culprits. “We want the harshest punishment for those involved in the barbaric attacks,” he said.
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