Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court while adjudicating upon the suo moto petition related to the the incident of Rampurhat violence in Birbhum on Wednesday directed the West Bengal government to immediately install CCTV cameras with adequate storage facilities covering all angles of the scene of the arson in the presence of the District Judge.
The Court further directed the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) to visit the the scene of the crime and collect necessary evidence for forensic examination without any delay, reports Live Law.
“We at the first instance give an opportunity to the State to produce the case diary/ report about the investigation by tomorrow 2 pm. Report relating to investigation done until now to be produced by 2 pm on 24 March,” the Court directed as quoted by LiveLaw.
The court also directed authorities to ensure police protection for the vulnerable witnesses.
Facing massive criticism over the arson that killed 10 people in ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC)’s stronghold Birbhum, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said she will visit Rampurhat’s Bogtui village, where the incident occurred, on Thursday.
“I will visit the spot tomorrow. I would have gone today only but came to know that some leaders are visiting the place. So I didn’t go today to avoid any confrontation with them,” Banerjee said on Wednesday.
Though Banerjee’s trusted lieutenant and TMC’s Birbhum district president Anubrata Mondal blamed “short circuit” for the arson, Banerjee said investigations will be conducted to punish the culprits.
Crying foul at the same time, she said, “Why shall we indulge in violence while we are running the government? These incidents are done by people who are not in government.”
“We have taken steps. We will investigate the matter and punish the culprits. We strongly condemn the incident,” the TMC supremo said and added, “Action will be taken without seeing any colour. The only colour is humanity.”
What’s the incident?
Deputy chief of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC)-ruled Barshal village panchayat, Bhadu Sheikh, was killed after five unidentified miscreants had hurled crude bombs at him at Bogtui village in Birbhum’s Rampurhat on Monday night.
After the TMC leader’s death was confirmed by a local hospital, tension erupted at Bogtui village and multiple houses in the area were allegedly ransacked and set on fire.
A state fire and emergency services official said three charred bodies had been recovered on Monday late night from a house.
Later on Tuesday morning, after dousing the blaze, firemen recovered seven more charred bodies from a burnt house.
Sources in the local hospital said there were several children and women among the victims.
A senior official of West Bengal police force said the state’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) will investigate the matter while a three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by ADG CID Gyanwant Singh has already been formed.
After visiting the scene, Birbhum SP Nagendranath Tripathi said a forensic team will investigate the cause behind the house fire, while 20 people have been arrested so far.
A senior state police official said the Officer-in-Charge (OC) of the local police station and local SDPO have been ‘closed’ from duties.
India Blooms News Service