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Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court has ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the murder of the Trinamool leader, in which eight people were allegedly burnt alive in Bengal’s Birbhum. A court on Thursday sent four persons arrested from Mumbai in connection with the March 21 massacre at Bogtui village in West Bengal’s Birbhum district to CBI custody till April 10. , The accused have been identified as Bappa SK alias Sal Mohammed, Sabu SK alias Sadril, Taj Mohammed alias Chand and Serajul SK alias Poltu. On Thursday, the four accused were produced in the court. After hearing the arguments of the prosecution, the court sent everyone to CBI custody till April 10.

Earlier, the CBI had prepared a list of 21 accused, one of whom is Trinamool Congress’s block president Anarul Hussain. The Federal Investigation Agency had set up a makeshift camp at a government guest house in West Bengal’s Rampurhat. Earlier, the list of accused was also prepared by the local police and the list of CBI is almost the same. The CBI had questioned Hussain. His statement was recorded and he was called to the camp to join the investigation. Following the order of the Calcutta High Court, a team of forensic experts led by CBI officers went to Rampurhat on March 25 to collect the samples. Before the court order, the local police had registered a case and claimed to have arrested 10 people.

The BJP and others had accused the Trinamool Congress of sheltering the accused. The BJP had accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of trying to hide the incident. The Trinamool had denied all the allegations. Following the Calcutta High Court’s order handing over the probe to the CBI, the West Bengal government said it would support the agency in conducting a fair investigation. Trinamool Congress leader and Rampurhat village vice-president Bhadu Sheikh was killed by bike-borne assailants on March 21, following which several houses were allegedly torched by the mob. The next day, police recovered the charred bodies of at least eight people, including children and women, from a charred house.

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