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
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.
The Supreme Court also stayed the direction of the single-judge bench of the high court summoning Principal Secretary, School Education Department, Manish Jain before it on Friday in relation to the filing of the fresh application by the West Bengal Central SSC
The plea alleged that the presence of media and the public in places of recovery amounts to interference with evidence
Those named in the charge sheet include two arrested businessmen, the head of a news channel, a Hyderabad-based liquor businessman, a Delhi-based liquor distributor and two officials of the excise department