Friday, February 18, 2011

Lalgarh massacre: HC hands over case to CBI


New Delhi: Calcutta High Court on Friday instructed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to submit the investigation report in the Lalgarh's Netai village massacre case within fifteen days.
The Netai village massacre which took place on January 7, 2011 had claimed at least nine lives and had left many others injured. The massacre was allegedly carried out by CPI(M) cadres in Lalgarh. Crime Investigation Department (CID) was investigating the case and had announced rewards on the six accused who have been absconding in the case.
The Calcutta High Court also pulled up Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's government for insufficient progress in the Netai killing probe.The Court expressed disappointment that despite sufficient evidence, the CID failed to identify the Lalgarh CPI(M) local committee members, who were responsible for the carnage and that CPI(M) cadres were running two camps in Netai and Bikrar in Lalgarh.
Two suspects, Abani Singh and Ashwani Chalak, have been arrested in the case. The Calcutta High Court had pointed out that CID has failed to gather information about the other suspects in this case despite arrests and confession of Singh and Chalak. The court also told CID that the camps were being run by party orders and the department had failed to gather information on the source of arms, ammunitions and funds of the camp.
Earlier, the state government had submitted a report before the High Court stating that that out of the six accused in the case, five may have fled the state.


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