KOLKATA: A 30 member team of CBI officials led by DIG CBI Akhilesh Singh reached the mass killing site at Bogtui village in Birbhum’s Rampurhat on Saturday.
The team from Kolkata had reached Rampurhat on Friday night itself shortly after the Calcutta high court instructed the central agency to take over the investigation from the Bengal SIT.
On Saturday, a team of CBI went to Rampurhat police station and collected the case diary and other documents, collected evidences and records of statements from witnesses and victims.
Another team, along with central forensic sciences officials — who had visited the site on Friday as well — reached the Bogtui carnage site and began inspection of the place before the arrival of core investigation officials led by Singh.
The team has been inspecting each of the houses that were set on fire — starting with the house of Mihilal Sheikh where seven completely charred dead bodies were found last Tuesday.
The CBI officials are also likely to meet families of the victims who have moved to different parts of Birbhum leaving the village since the incident.
A team is likely to reach Gopaljal village around 27 kms away and meet Mihilal Sheikh whose wife, mother and 10-year-old daughter was killed in the incident.
The decision to hand over the case to CBI came three days after the state government appointed Special Investigation Team started its probe into the deaths on March 22.
The court asked the SIT to stop its investigation and hand over all case documents and the arrested persons to the central investigating agency forthwith, adding that “full cooperation” must be extended to the CBI.
The court also directed the CBI to file a primary investigation report during the next hearing on April 7.
Watch CBI takes over Birbhum killings probe from Bengal SIT, team visits Bogtui village