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Birbhum killings: HC orders CBI probe in TMC leader’s murder

The Calcutta High Court on Friday ordered a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the murder of Trinamool Congress leader Bhadu Sheikh, which apparently led to the grievous violence in Bibhum district during which nine people were burnt alive in the Bogtui village.

The High Court had earlier also ordered a CBI investigation into the killings. Prayers were made before a division bench presided by Chief Justice Prakash Shrivastava for ordering a CBI probe into the murder of Bhadu Sheikh as well, claiming that the two incidents were interlinked.

The bench, also comprising Justice R Bharadwaj, ordered the transfer of the murder case of Sheikh from the state police to the CBI for the purpose of a complete investigation.

It was argued that the two incidents – the killing of Bhadu Sheikh and the torching of houses in Bogtui village, in which nine died – were interlinked.

The Bengal DGP has said the Bogtui violence took place within an hour of the murder of Sheikh, who was the deputy chief of the local panchayat.

On March 25, four days after violence erupted, the same bench ordered that inquiries into the death of nine people be handed over from a Bengal government-appointed team to the CBI.

On Thursday the CBI team investigating the Bogtui killings arrested four people from Mumbai. Those were the first arrests made in this case. All four hail from Bengal and were tracked with information passed on to the CBI’s Mumbai unit which apprehended them, an agency officer in Kolkata said.

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(With inputs from agencies)

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