Suspects of Rampurhat killings will have to be hunted out: Mamata Banerjee at Birbhum violence site


Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday visited Rampurhat area in Birbhum district of the state where eight people were charred to death on Tuesday after a mob allegedly set houses on fire following the killing of TMC leader Bhadu Shaikh.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee handed over a cheque of Rs 5 lakhs to the kin of those killed in the Birbhum violence. West Bengal government has also announced financial aid of Rs 2 lakhs for reconstructing affected houses. 

“Families of the 10 people who died in fire will be given a job and Rs 5 lakhs,” the Chief Minister added.

Talking to people, Banerjee said, “Suspects of Rampurhat killings will have to be hunted out, arrested unless they surrender. Police will ensure strictest punishment is handed out to culprits responsible for Rampurhat carnage; case filed before court should be water-tight,” the West Bengal Chief Minister said. 

Banerjee said, “You have lost a family member, but I am heart-broken.”

On Wednesday, Banerjee termed the Birbhum incident “unfortunate” said her government will take action in a ‘fair’ manner. “The Birbhum, Rampurhat incident is unfortunate. I have immediately dismissed the OC, SDPO,” she added. 

The Calcutta High Court, on Wednesday, took suo motu cognizance of the violence. The division bench of Chief Justice Prakash Shrivastava and Justice Rajashri Bharadwaj directed the special investigation team (SIT) to produce the case diary and other relevant documents before 2 pm on Thursday. 

The court has, however, declined a CBI probe into the violence. Also, the West Bengal government has been ordered by the High Court to immediately install CCTV cameras in the are under the supervision of the Purba Burdwan district judge. the police personnel.

(Inputs from agencies)

first published:March 24, 2022, 2:07 p.m.

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