Birbhum violence LIVE updates: Calcutta HC orders Bengal police to hand over case to CBI – India Today

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Eight people in Bengal’s Birbhum were killed after their houses were set on fire on March 22. The incident occurred after a TMC leader was killed a day ago. The deceased included three women and two children. Among the deceased were a newly-wed couple, Lily Khatoon and Qazi Sajidur. The autopsy report reportedly stated that the victims had been thrashed before being burnt alive.

The incident prompted locals to flee the Bogtui village in Rampurhat where the violence occurred. The Bengal government has formed an SIT and at least 20 people have been arrested so far. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for the families of the victims.

The Calcutta High Court has asked Bengal to submit the status report on the Rampurhat violence by 2 pm today. The court has directed the state to install CCTV cameras in the presence of the district judge and round-the-clock CCTV surveillance of the scene of the occurrence. It also has directed a forensic team from Delhi to collect evidence immediately from the spot for examination and told the state to ensure eyewitnesses are protected.

The Bharatiya Janata Party approached the Calcutta High Court. The Calcutta High Court will decide if the case will be passed on to the CBI for investigation.