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Calcutta HC orders CBI probe into Birbhum killings

The Calcutta High Court has ordered a CBI probe into the Birbhum violence, in which eight people lost their lives earlier this week.

The court directed the SIT set up by the West Bengal government to hand over the papers of the case and the accused arrested by it to the central probe agency. A division bench of Chief Justice Prakash Srivastava and Justice R Bhardwaj directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file a progress report by April 7, the next date of hearing in the case.

The bench said that CBI inquiry is being ordered in the interest of justice. Eight people, including two children, were burnt to death in a suspicious result of the murder of a TMC panchayat official in Bogtui village of Bengal’s Birbhum district. The bench had taken suo motu cognizance of this gruesome incident. Public interest litigations seeking a CBI or NIA probe into the incident were also heard along with the suo motu cognizance.

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