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War between Centre & Bengal intensifies, CBI files chargesheet in Post Poll Violence

Post Poll Violence

The Central Bureau of Investigation is on fast track probing the Post Poll Violence in the state of West Bengal. So far, the central agency has filed 34 FIRs in connection with various murders in the state. Meanwhile, the West Bengal government has approached the apex court against the Calcutta High Court’s order directing the CBI to investigate the Post Poll Violence in the state.

The state government on Wednesday approached the Supreme Court and requested for an urgent hearing of an original suit. Expressing a lack of confidence in the central agency, the Trinamool government accused the agency of working on the behest of the Central government and targeting its leaders in the state. The Mamata Banerjee led government also accused the probe agency of violating the federal structure by continuing to register cases in Bengal despite the state’s withdrawal of the general consent given to the CBI.

CBI is on fast track probing the matter. The agency has submitted a chargesheet in the Nalhati murder case. Earlier they had arrested four accused in post poll violence in Krishnanagar’s Nadia. The CBI, on Thursday filed a FIR in the Rampurhat district court against the person accused in the murder of a BJP activist Manoj Jaiswal.  A resident of Nalhati, Jaiswal was murdered by unknown miscreants on May 14 after the results of recently concluded state elections were announced. A FIR was lodged against five people accused in the murder. The five main accused Mainuddin Sheikh, Azimuddin Sheikh, Imran Sheikh, Farooq Ali and Jahedi Hussain were named in the FIR.

The CBI’s Special Investigation Team also visited Nalhati in the Birbhum district and had a conversation with the family of the deceased. As per the sources, the officials took all the necessary details related to the matter from the investigating officer of the Nalhati police station. 

The decision to approach the apex court challenging the high court’s order comes at a time when CBI is going all out to probe the post poll violence in the state. Incidentally, the ED (Enforcement Directorate) had asked Abhishek Banerjee, nephew of Mamata Banerjee, to appear in front of the agency on September 6th in a money laundering case linked to an alleged coal scam. The central agency had also asked Abhishek Banerjee’s wife, Rujira Banerjee, to appear in front of the agency in the same matter on Sept 1st which she skipped citing her young children and requested to be questioned in Kolkata.

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