West Bengal CM Mamata to visits Birbhum massacre site
In the Bogtui village of Birbhum district eight people, including two children and three women, were burnt alive by a violent mob after locking them inside their homes.
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will visit Bogtui village in Birbhum district, where eight people were burnt alive by a mob.
In Bogtui village, eight people, including two children and three women, were killed by a violent mob after locking them inside their homes. The miscreants set fire to their houses on Tuesday, and it is said that all those who died belonged to the same family.
Sources said that the attack was in retaliation after a local Trinamool Congress leader was killed in a crude bomb attack.
The BJP is accusing Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee’s government of being responsible for the killings. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi reacted to the incident and said that the killing was "heinous" and urged the state government not to spare the accused responsible for these killings.
Modi said his administration is willing to help the state in any way to bring the accused to justice. "I would also urge Bengalis to never forgive the perpetrators of such acts, as well as those who encourage such criminals. The central government would provide all possible assistance to the state administration in order to ensure that the perpetrators are apprehended, "he stated.
The Chief Minister has said that strict action would be taken against those responsible for the killings and announced that she would be visiting the village on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the Calcutta High Court stepped into the matter and expressed dissatisfaction over the incident; it said that not enough effort was being made to nab those responsible for the attack. The court has strictly asked the state government to file a report on this incident by 2 pm on Thursday. And they asked the government to give protection to the witnesses and set up CCTV cameras at the site.
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, who has a bitter relationship with Chief Minister Banerjee, shot a letter to her and said that the incident had put both democracy and humanity to shame.
He said the state government's actions had "political overtones" and were an attempt to conceal the guilty. "I cannot sit in Raj Bhavan and be a mute witness in the face of such horror."
Replying to his letter, the Chief Minister termed Dhankhar "Lat Saheb" ( lordly person) who is sitting and painting Bengal as the worst state and hurling abuses at the state government.
Mamata Banerjee, who has come under criticism from the BJP, has accused the BJP of plotting to malign her government.
"It was an attempt by the BJP, the Left, and the Congress to place blame on our government. Strict punishment will be meted out to all individuals culpable for the Birbhum event, regardless of their (political) hue, "she stated.
Banerjee stated, without naming anyone, that the incident was staged because "they failed to incite a riot."
The Bengal government has formed a special investigation team (SIT) to look into the incident, and around 20 people have been arrested so far. The BJP has demanded an investigation by central agencies and urged that CM Banerjee should be sacked and President’s rule should be imposed on the state, vowing to the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.
Several policemen have arrived in the village on the outskirts of Rampurhat town, where many locals have left for fear of retaliation or detention. The ten residences that were set on fire have been abandoned.
Following the assassination of Trinamool Panchayat deputy chief Bhadu Sheikh, the violence escalated. According to the sources, his sons are among the suspects apprehended by authorities.
Several political heavyweights, primarily from the BJP, have visited the area with a television team since Tuesday.