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Violence in Bengal is back, 8 charred to death in Birbhum


Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be visiting Birbhum today. Accusing her, the LoP Suvendu Adhikari said she is visiting the site to destroy the evidence.

In a gruesome incident, 8 people (5 women and 3 children) were charred to death in Bugtoi village of Birbhum district of West Bengal. The violence allegedly was a result of the aftermath of a murder of a deputy gram pradhan, Bhadu Sheikh, who was associated with the ruling All India Trinamool Congress (AITC). A few hours after the murder of the leader, several houses in the village, including those accused of Bhadu’s murder, were alleged set ablaze.

The incident has sparked a major controversy and once again the BJP and TMC are seen in a confrontation, accusing each other of the violence. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is all set to visit the violence-prone area. Accusing her of this, the Leader of Opposition in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly, Suvendu Adhikari stated that Banerjee is visiting the site to destroy the evidence. Adhikari also led a delegation of about 55 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs to the village and inspected the area. He also held talks with the victims and demanded a probe by NIA (National Investigation Agency) or the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation).

Terming the incident ‘unfortunate’, Mamata Banerjee said, “It was an attempt by the BJP, Left and the Congress to malign our government… Strict action will be taken against all those responsible for the Birbhum incident, irrespective of their (political) colour.” The Chief Minister added that the officer-in-charge, the SDPO and other senior officers have already been “removed”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday, also condemned the incident and stated that the culprits must be identified and the Central government will do everything possible to help the state government in doing so. He also urged the people of Bengal not to forget and forgive the people who unleashed the violence. West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, commenting on the violnce said that this incident had put democracy and humanity to shame. Dhankhar, in a letter to Banerjee, said the state government’s actions smacked of “political overtones” and an attempt to shield the guilty.

As of now, the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by Additional Director General (CID) Gyanwant Singh, to probe the incident. So far, 22 people have been arrested in connection with the case.

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