High Court seeks report on Birbhum violence

Kolkata, The case of violence in Birbhum district of West Bengal is gaining momentum. Showing a strict stand in this matter, the High Court has sought a report from the state government. The High Court has asked for installation of CCTV cameras in the area and ensure security of witnesses. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed concern over the incident and said that the central government is ready to provide all help to the state to nab the perpetrators of this heinous crime.

Significantly, 10 people, including two children, have died in the violence that broke out in the state after the murder of ruling Trinamool Congress leader Bhadu Sheikh. It is being told that people were locked in their houses and set on fire, due to which all the people got burnt to death. In Birbhum’s Bagtui village where the arson took place, people are leaving the village in panic. So far 20 people have been arrested in this connection.

Meanwhile, the Kolkata High Court itself intervened by taking cognizance of the matter. A division bench of the Chief Justice has sought a report from the state government by 2 pm on Thursday. Also, the High Court has directed the installation of CCTV cameras in the presence of the District Judge and 24-hour surveillance of the spot. The court also ordered that the forensic team of Delhi should immediately visit the spot and collect evidence for investigation. The court has also directed to provide security to the witnesses of the violence.

Meanwhile, a war of words has started between the BJP and the Trinamool Congress in the Birbhum violence case. Targeting the BJP, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said – the government is ours, we are concerned about our people. We never want anyone to be hurt. He said- The incident of Birbhum, Rampurhat is unfortunate. I have dismissed the OC, SDPO immediately. I will go to Rampurhat tomorrow.

Mamta Banerjee further said- I am not justifying the Rampurhat incident but similar incidents have happened in Gujarat and Rajasthan also. We will take fair action. This is Bengal, not Uttar Pradesh. I had sent a delegation of Trinamool Congress to Hathras but we were not allowed to go. But we are not stopping anyone from coming here. On the other hand, the BJP has criticized Mamta by calling it a massacre. Meanwhile, Mamta Banerjee has constituted an SIT under the chairmanship of Additional Director of CID Gyanwant Singh to investigate the matter, which has reached Rampurhat in Birbhum to investigate the matter.

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