Birbhum massacre: CBI forensic team collects samples at Bagtui village

The CBI team will also interview villagers about the violence. A CBI officer told a news agency that they would interview a woman and three others who were hurt in the assault and are now being treated in a hospital to hear their side of the storey.

Birbhum massacre: CBI forensic team collects samples at Bagtui village
CBI's forensic team inspects the epicentre of arson and violence in Bagtui village in Rampurhat, Birbhum district . Courtesy: ANI

Kolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team, which initiated an investigation into the killings of eight people in Bagtui village in West Bengal's Birbhum district on Saturday, continued their search on Sunday. A forensic team from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory joined the CBI team on Sunday.

On Sunday, the CBI team conducted the investigation, together with the forensic science team, investigated the scene of arson and violence in the village. According to sources, investigators collected charred debris samples from the area for future study. The CBI officers are scheduled to visit a hospital today to speak with the victims of the incident.

According to reports, the CBI team will also interview villagers about the violence. A CBI officer told a news agency that they would interview a woman and three others who were hurt in the assault and are now being treated in a hospital to hear their side of the storey.

He also stated that they would interact with locals in Bogtui village and that the Central Forensic Science Laboratory personnel would continue their investigations.

On March 21, unidentified miscreants set fire to ten houses in Bogtui village. Eight people were killed in the attack, including three women and two children. The CBI has created a list of villagers with whom it will interact, and it has urged local authorities to locate individuals who fled the area, afraid for their lives.

Sources said that the attack was in retaliation after a local Trinamool Congress leader was killed in a crude bomb attack.

The central agency's sleuths will also work with fire department authorities to figure out what happened that terrible night, said officials.

Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee, West Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Choudhary and a team from the BJP visited the village and interacted with the injured. During her visit, Mamta announced compensation and jobs for the immediate kin of the victims.

Despite Mamta’s request that the case not be handed over to the CBI, the Calcutta High Court directed the CBI to initiate a probe.

A post-mortem report revealed that the victims were beaten black and blue before they were burnt alive.