West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met the families of the victims of the Birbhum violence on Thursday, 24 March. She has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for rebuilding the houses burnt in the violence. Apart from this, she has announced Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of the victims and Rs 50,000 each to the injured. Apart from this, promising jobs to the ten families affected by the violence, Banerjee said that she will try to get justice in this case soon.
There has been great negligence on the part of the administration. The police should have been alert after the murder of the TMC leader but it did not happen. Whoever is behind this will get strict punishment. 5 lakh to the family of the deceased, whose houses are burnt, one lakh rupees will be given to them and 10 people will be given jobs to run the house.
Eight charred bodies were recovered from houses in Birbhum’s Bugtoi village on Tuesday, March 22. The violence was triggered by the murder of Bhadu Sheikh, a sub-village headman allegedly associated with the TMC. Hours after the murder, a group of houses, including those accused of Bhadu’s murder, were allegedly attacked and set ablaze.
Security was beefed up ahead of the CM’s visit in the violence-hit district, where a total of eight people, including women and children, died on Tuesday.
Describing this incident as unfortunate, Mamata Banerjee said, it is an attempt of BJP, Left parties and Congress to defame our government. Strict action will be taken against all those responsible for Birbhum incident, irrespective of the political party they belong to. The Chief Minister said, we have removed the station in-charge, sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) and other senior officers. The Director General of Police is in the district since yesterday. The Chief Minister also said during a program here that she had to postpone her tour of the district for a day as she did not want to get involved with other political parties already present there.
Taking a jibe at the BJP, she said party leaders stopped to taste ‘langcha’ (sweets made in Shaktigarh area of neighboring Burdwan district) on their way to the spot. The Chief Minister said, I will go to (Bogatui village) tomorrow. I would have gone there today, but people from some political parties are going there. By the time he returned, I would have been late. When they (opposition leaders) were there, I don’t want to go there. I don’t want any quarrel. Tauntingly, she said, let them taste the langcha and then go to Rampurhat.