Probe Agency Files Charge Sheet Against 16 Accused

Birbhum Violence: It was found that there was a long-standing rivalry in the village between two groups.

Kolkata:

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a charge sheet against 16 accused before the Competent Court and also submitted a report against two Children in Conflict with Law (CCL) in the Court of Principal Magistrate, Juvenile Justice Board, Suri, Birbhum in an on-going investigation of a case related to death of 10 persons while their houses were set on fire at Village-Bogtui, District Birbhum (West Bengal) on Monday.

CBI had registered a case on March 25 against 22 accused and others in compliance of the orders of the High Court, Calcutta in connection with WPA 130, 124,125,126, 129 and 133 of 2022 and taken over the investigation of FIR No 169/2022 on March 22, earlier registered at Police Station Rampurhat, District Birbhum (West Bengal) on a complaint against 22 accused and others.

It was alleged that Bhadu Shekh of village-Bogtui, Upa Pradhan(Dy.Pradhan) of Barshal GP was murdered by inflicting bomb blast injuries, at Bogtui Morh on NH-60. 

After the incident, serious tension cropped up at Bogtui Morh on NH-60 and surrounding areas over the issue of said murder. It was further alleged that the followers and associates of killed Bhadu Shekh, ransacked the houses of rival groups at village Bogtui and set them on fire with a view to kill the persons inside and their family inmates.

As a result of which, seven persons were charred to death and four other persons also sustained severe burn injuries. Identities of the deceased persons could not be established. Later on, out four injured victims; one Lady succumbed to her injuries at Rampurhat Medical College and Hospital. The State Police arrested 21 suspected persons.

After taking over the investigation as per the Orders of Calcutta High Court, a large team of CBI including experts from CFSL immediately reached Rampurhat. 

Vital physical and biological evidences were collected by the CFSL team. The Dead bodies recovered were completely charred and beyond recognition. The biological samples of these victims as preserved during post-mortem examination along with the blood samples of the probable direct relatives of the victims were sent for DNA profiling. With the help of DNA profiling, the identity of all the seven victims was established. Later, two more victims succumbed to their burn injuries taking the death toll to ten.

During the investigation, CBI collected sufficient evidence using scientific methods. In the initial stage of the investigation, village was almost deserted and no witnesses were forthcoming due to fear. Many witnesses had taken shelter in other villages. After sustained efforts, several witnesses came forward and the statement was recorded. It was found that there was a long-standing rivalry in the village between two groups. One group was led by late Bhadu SK, while other group was led by a member of one of the victims’ families and others.

Further, CBI has arrested 06 accused during the investigation. Four of them were arrested in Mumbai.

Further investigation is continuing regarding the involvement of other accused and to unearth the larger conspiracy involved.

Charge sheet has been filed in the case related to death of 10 persons at Bogtui Village, Bhirbhum District (West Bengal) Under Section 120-B r/w 147, 148, 149, 302, 307, 435, 436, 460, 201, and 109 of IPC.

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