Bengal Guv sends strong note to CM, opposition leaders visit Bogtui

Kolkata, Mar 23 : Senior leaders from West Bengal’s opposition BJP, Congress and CPI(M) led Left Front on Wednesday separately set out for Bogtui village in Birbhum district where mob violence has left eight people dead, as State Governor Jagdeep Dhankar sent a strong note to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asking her to act fast to restore democratic and human rights values. The Governor’s missive followed Banerjee’s accusation that he was making “unwarranted statements” with “political overtones” on Tuesday’s arson in Bogtui village under Rampurhat block, around 200 kms from Kolkata. The Governor in a three-page letter told the CM that “as usual you have taken accusatory stance ( in your March 22 comm cation) at my restrained just reaction to grisly carnage, worst in recent memory at Rampurhat, where reportedly entire family of Sanju Sheikh – six women and two children – were burnt alive in Bogtui village”. “Casualty figure is stated to be higher as reported. This shocking carnage is being justifiably compared to many of the incidents in the state few years ago, while you were in the opposition”. “Adopting diversionary tactics you have labelled my reaction as “sweeping and uncalled for the statement”, In the face of such enormity I cannot “fiddle” in Raj Bhavan and be a mute spectator. That would be unpardonable abdication of my constitutional duty,” said the Governor. On Tuesday, Dhankhar had described the incident as horrifying and said Bengal was “in the grip of violence culture and lawlessness”, prompting the rejoinder from the Chief Minister. Meanwhile, various opposition parties either visited the site or were on their way from Kolkata to make the spot study of the carnage. Leader of the Opposition Suvendu Adhikari is leading a big BJP delegation. CPI(M) State Secretary Mohammed Salim reached the village and spoke to locals. He demanded exemplary p shment to the culprits while calling the incident ” nothing but a genocide”. State Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury is also expected to reach Bogtui in the afternoon and talk to the villagers. Adhikari and Chowdhury on Tuesday demanded imposition of president’s rule to restore peace in the state. The on Home Ministry on Tuesday sought a report from the state government within 72 hours on the deaths of women and children. The state government has set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under ADG Gyanwant Singh to probe the murders. Dhankar, however, said in his letter to the CM that “there can just be no credibility for SIT headed by Gyanwant Singh, suffering judicial taint and condemnation?” “SIT is being taken as “cover-up operation” to provide an escape route to rogue elements.” He said “Men Friday” in probes are cut out for “hatchet work” and not fair independent investigation”. PC SSP RN

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