Mamata Banerjee visits families of those killed in Rampurhat violence, promises exemplary punishment for those responsible

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Three days after the Rampurhat violence in which six women and two children were burned alive, Mamata Banerjee visited the homes of the families of the victims in the village of Bogtui and assured residents of exemplary punishment for those responsible. of the slaughter. “The punishment must be exemplary so that no one dares to commit such a crime again,” Mamata said. She also ordered police to begin collecting firearms and illegal weapons statewide. On March 21, eight residents of the village of Bogtui, all women and children, were burned to death following the murder of Bhadu Sheikh, a Trinamool gram panchayat leader.

After inspecting the burnt houses and speaking to bereaved family members, Mamata said, “It is such a painful and shocking incident that when I heard about it, I immediately sent Bobby (Minister and Mayor of Kolkata Firhad Hakim ) here. I never thought such a heinous crime could be committed. There is a war raging across the world and here there is a fire burning because of a few people… After Bhadu’s death, 10 houses were burnt down and eight people lost their lives. lives… I condemn both the murder and the act of burning people to death.” The Chief Minister announced compensation of Rs.5 lakh per affected family and R.2 lakh to each family for the reconstruction of their homes that were burnt down, and promised jobs to one member of each affected family.

Chief Minister orders arrest of Trinamool bloc chairman

Mamata also ordered the arrest of Trinamool bloc chairman Anarul Hossein for failing to respond to villagers’ appeal to send police for their protection on the night of March 21. “Anarul must be stopped. When the public wanted him to call the police He didn’t. All of this could have been avoided if the police had picketed in time,” Mamata said. She also attacked the local police forcefully, in particular the SDPO (subdivisional police officer) and the IC (chief inspector). “They saw that a murder had taken place and they could have taken the necessary precautions, but they did not. If they had done their job correctly, this would not have happened. Those who did not assumed their responsibilities, I want them to be punished. The case must be created in such a way that there is no possibility of redress,” she said.

Anarul, however, had previously denied any involvement in the matter. “I had gone to the hospital when I heard about the incident, and called on people to keep the peace. Those who killed Bhadu Sheikh also set fire to the houses, to tarnish the image of Trinamool and slander me,” Anarul said. Shortly after the chief minister ordered Anarul’s arrest, district police surrounded his lavish residence to apprehend him, but the local Trinamool chief could not be found. His supporters, however, were already protesting outside his home against his impending arrest. “We will block the roads if they try to arrest Anarul. He has been framed,” they said.

Mamata, who on March 23 alleged that all the violence in Rampurhat was part of a “bigger conspiracy to slander the state government and tarnish the image of Bengal”, once again alluded to this possibility by speaking to the families of the victims. “There is a very big conspiracy at work. Foreigners may come and attack again. The police must provide protection for the villagers here,” she said. After the March 21 violence, Bogtui looked deserted as families had fled to other places. Mamata ordered the police to bring them back and provide them with the necessary protection. Initially, some of those who had fled refused to return to meet the Chief Minister. They told the administrative representatives who had come to persuade them to return that they feared for their safety. They later agreed to return to witness the Chief Minister’s visit on the promise that they would be protected and later escorted back to Batashpur near Sainthia, where they had settled. After meeting Mamata, they agreed to return to their own village.

Mamata also went to Rampurhat Hospital to check on the five people who were admitted there with burns. Mamata announced compensation of Rs 50,000 for those with relatively minor injuries and Rs 1 lakh for the woman who suffered 60% burns.

Three days after the Rampurhat violence in which six women and two children were burned alive, Mamata Banerjee visited the homes of the families of the victims in the village of Bogtui and assured residents of exemplary punishment for those responsible. of the slaughter. “The punishment must be exemplary so that no one dares to commit such a crime again,” Mamata said. She also ordered police to begin collecting firearms and illegal weapons statewide. On March 21, eight residents of the village of Bogtui, all women and children, were burned to death following the murder of Bhadu Sheikh, a Trinamool gram panchayat leader.

After inspecting the burnt houses and speaking to bereaved family members, Mamata said, “It is such a painful and shocking incident that when I heard about it, I immediately sent Bobby (Minister and Mayor of Kolkata Firhad Hakim ) here. I never thought such a heinous crime could be committed. There is a war raging across the world and here there is a fire burning because of a few people… After Bhadu’s death, 10 houses were burnt down and eight people lost their lives. lives… I condemn both the killing and the act of burning people to death.” The Chief Minister announced compensation of Rs.5 lakh per affected family and Rs.2 lakh to each family for the reconstruction of their homes that were burnt down, and promised jobs to one member of each affected family.

CM orders arrest of Trinamool bloc president

Mamata also ordered the arrest of Trinamool bloc chairman Anarul Hossein for failing to respond to villagers’ appeal to send police for their protection on the night of March 21. “Anarul must be stopped. When the public wanted him to call the police He didn’t. All of this could have been avoided if the police had set up pickets in time,” Banerjee said. She also attacked the local police forcefully, in particular the SDPO (subdivisional police officer) and the IC (chief inspector). “They knew what was going on. If they had done their job properly, this would not have happened. Those who did not take responsibility, I want them to be punished. The case must be created in such a way there is no wiggle room,” she said.

Anarul, however, had previously denied any involvement in the matter. “I had gone to the hospital when I heard about the incident, and called on people to keep the peace. Those who killed Bhadu Sheikh also set fire to the houses, to tarnish the image of Trinamool and slander me,” Anarul said. Shortly after the chief minister ordered Anarul’s arrest, district police surrounded his lavish residence to apprehend him, but the local Trinamool chief could not be found. His supporters, however, were already protesting outside his home against his impending arrest. “We will block the roads if they try to arrest Anarul. He has been framed,” they said.

Mamata, who on March 23 alleged that all the violence in Rampurhat was part of a “bigger conspiracy to slander the state government and tarnish the image of Bengal”, once again alluded to this possibility by speaking to the families of the victims. “There is a very big conspiracy at work. Foreigners may come and attack again. The police must provide protection for the villagers here,” she said.

After the March 21 violence, Bogtui looked deserted as families had fled to other places. Mamata ordered the police to bring them back and provide them with the necessary protection. Initially, some of those who had fled refused to return to meet the Chief Minister. They told the administrative representatives who had come to persuade them to return that they feared for their safety. They later agreed to return to witness the Chief Minister’s visit on the promise that they would be protected and later escorted back to Batashpur near Sainthia, where they had settled. After meeting Mamata, they agreed to return to their own village.

Mamata also went to Rampurhat Hospital to check on the five people who were admitted there with burns. She announced compensation of Rs 50,000 for those with relatively minor injuries and Rs 1 lakh for the woman who suffered 60% burns.

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