Birbhum killings: CBI makes first arrests in case, nabs four suspects from Mumbai

Bappa SK, Sabu SK, Taj Mohammad and Serajul SK who had escaped to Mumbai from Bogtui after the violence were sheltered by people close to them, the agency said

Press Trust of India April 07, 2022 23:43:22 IST
Birbhum killings: CBI makes first arrests in case, nabs four suspects from Mumbai

File image showing the burnt houses in Bogtui village in Birbhum, West Bengal. PTI

Rampurhat, West Bengal: CBI sleuths on Thursday nabbed four persons hailing from West Bengal from Mumbai for their alleged involvement in the Birbhum killings, an officer of the agency said.

These are the first arrests made by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) since it took over the probe into the 21 March killings in Bogtui village following the Calcutta High Court's order.

Bappa SK alias Sal Mohamad, Sabu SK alias Sadril SK, Taj Mohammad alias Chand and Serajul SK alias Poltu who had escaped to Mumbai from Bogtui after the violence were sheltered by people close to them, the agency said.

The CBI traced their hideout in Mumbai using technical and human intelligence following which the information was passed on to its Mumbai unit which apprehended them this morning, it said.

"Of the four arrested accused, two persons -- identified as Bappa and Shabu Sheikh -- were named in the FIR lodged in connection with the killings. We will produce them before a court in Mumbai and plea for a transit remand to West Bengal," he said.

Eight people were burnt alive and one succumbed to injuries later, after assailants firebombed several houses in the village hours after the murder of local TMC leader Bhadu Sheikh.

A special investigation team constituted by the state government was earlier probing the case.

"The arrested accused were produced today before the jurisdictional court and were granted transit remand till 10 April, 2022," CBI spokesperson RC Joshi said here.

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