- PM Modi expresses concern over Birbhum incident
- West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asserted that strict action would be taken
- A BJP delegation led by Suvendu Adhikari was stopped from visiting the spot
Expressing his condolences over the violent incident in Birbhum district in West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoped that the Mamata Banerjee-led state government would try and bring the perpetrators of the henious crime to books. Eight people were charred to death in Birbhum village on Tuesday morning. The houses were allegedly set on fire shortly after a village panchayat deputy chief was murdered, to take stock of the situation.
"I express my condolences on the violent incident in Birbhum, West Bengal. I hope that the state government will definitely get those who committed such a heinous sin on the great land of Bengal punished," PM said.
Also, PM who participated in the inauguration of 'Biplobi Bharat Gallery as a fitting tribute to the greats of the Indian freedom movement,' added, "I would also urge the people of Bengal to never forgive the perpetrators of such incidents, those who encourage such criminals."
He also assured all possible help from the Centre, "On behalf of the central government, I assure the state that whatever help it wants will be provided to the criminals in getting them punished at the earliest."
TMC leader and senior Bengal Minister Partha Chatterjee reacting to the Prime Minister’s offer of help in ensuring justice for the victims of the Birbhum killings said, “The state government is duty-bound to ensure that the rule of law should take its course. The culprits will be hunted down and punished.”
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday asserted that strict action would be taken against the perpetrators of violence in Birbhum district would on Thursday visit Bogtui village.
Describing the incident as "unfortunate", she said, "It was an attempt by the BJP, Left and the Congress to malign our government… Strict action will be taken against all those responsible for the Birbhum incident, irrespective of their (political) colour. We have already removed the (police) Officer-in-Charge, the SDPO and other senior officers. The DGP is in the district since yesterday," she underlined.