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West Bengal: 8 charred bodies recovered from burnt houses in Birbhum village; Governor says, 'arson orgy'

The incident took place within an hour after the alleged murder of a Trinamool Congress panchayat leader on Monday, DGP Manoj Malaviya told reporters in Kolkata.

India TV News Desk Edited by: India TV News Desk Kolkata Updated on: March 22, 2022 16:36 IST
West Bengal: 8 charred bodies recovered from burnt houses
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West Bengal: 8 charred bodies recovered from burnt houses in Birbhum village

Highlights

  • West Bengal: 8 charred bodies recovered from burnt houses in Birbhum village
  • Governor raises concern, calls incident, 'arson orgy'
  • West Bengal BJP delegation also write a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah

West Bengal Fire: Eight persons died in the early hours of Tuesday after their houses caught fire at Rampurhat in Birbhum district, police said.

The incident took place within an hour after the alleged murder of a Trinamool Congress panchayat leader on Monday, DGP Manoj Malaviya told reporters in Kolkata. Malaviya said seven charred bodies were recovered from one of the burnt houses, while one injured person died in hospital.

“The situation is now under control and a police picket has been established in the village since last night. We are investigating how the houses caught fire and whether the incident is related to the death of the panchayat deputy chief of Barshal village,” he said.

Asked about claims by some fire brigade officials that 10 bodies were found, the top police officer clarified while seven of them were recovered after the blaze was brought under control, three injured persons were rescued of whom one died in a hospital.

The SDPO and in-charge of Rampurhat police station have been removed from active policing duty, the DGP said. The state government has set up a special investigation team headed by ADG (CID) Gyanwant Singh, Malaviya said.

The ruling TMC has also sent a three-member MLA team led by minister Firhad Hakim to the spot to take stock of the situation. The body of Bhadu Sheikh, the TMC panchayat deputy chief of Barshal village, was found in the area on Monday, police had said. 

Meanwhile, calling the incident arson orgy, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar tweeted, "Horrifying violence and arson orgy Rampurhat Birbhum indicates state is in grip of violence culture and lawlessness. Already eight lives lost. Have sought urgent update on the incident from Chief Secretary. My thoughts are with the families of the bereaved."

West Bengal BJP delegation has also writen a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, urging his intervention & action on the "unabated post-poll violence & deteriorating law & order situation in state."

 

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