- Bengal police arrest local TMC boss after Mamata orders to hunt down all suspects
- Local TMC boss Anarul Hossain was arrested near a hotel in the pilgrimage town of Tarapith
- She visited the home of TMC chief Bhadu Sheikh, whose murder is believed to have sparked carnage
Hours after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took a tough stance and ordered a hunt for all Birbhum carnage suspects, including her party colleagues, police on Thursday arrested a local Congress boss of Trinamool, Anarul Hossain, near a hotel in the pilgrimage town of Tarapith. .
Earlier in the day, while visiting the village of Bogtui, the scene of Tuesday’s firebombing and the burning of eight people, Banerjee spoke with family members of the victims and offered them permanent government jobs and funds as compensation.
She also visited the home of TMC chief Bhadu Sheikh, whose murder is believed to have sparked the carnage, and made the same offers to his relatives.
“The police will ensure that the harshest sentence is meted out to the culprits responsible for the carnage in Rampurhat. The case filed in court must be watertight,” the chief minister said.
Banerjee said there could be a “bigger conspiracy” behind the carnage which has drawn widespread condemnation.
She also announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of the victims, and Rs 2 lakh each for reconstruction of damaged houses. The injured will receive Rs 50,000 each.
The CM ordered the police to arrest the head of the TMC and the president of the Rampurhat-1 community block unit, Anarul Hossain, saying that he had not paid due attention to the apprehension of the locals about a possible disturbance in the area, leading to carnage.
Searches were carried out in various parts of the district, including Hossain’s residence, after which he was arrested in Tarapith. He was arrested near a hotel after police tracked down the location of his mobile phone, a police officer said.
Describing the burning of eight people alive as a “heinous crime”, Banerjee criticized the role of Rampurhat SDPO Shayan Ahmed and other police officers and said it could have been avoided if the police had been proactive.
These officers should be punished for “negligence in duty”, the CM said. The SDPO was subsequently suspended by the district police authorities.
“I cannot imagine such an incident. Law and order is disrupted in Birbhum by a few people. The police will look at all possible angles.
They will also see if local people or foreigners are involved. I believe there’s a larger conspiracy in there,” she said.
Police have been ordered to cast a net to dig up illegal bombs and firearms across the state, Banerjee said, adding that a large group of police should be deployed to the area to control any possible attack. against the villagers by outsiders.
“I condemn both the killings (of Bhadu Sheikh and the other eight). I speak not as a CM but as a human being. You have lost your loved ones, my heart is broken. It is our responsibility to look after the well-being of family members,” she said.
On offering employment to family members of murder victims, Banerjee said that they will be given D-group jobs with a salary of Rs 10,000 for the first year after which their jobs would become permanent, she said.
Later, Banerjee also visited the five injured who are being treated at a hospital in the nearby town of Rampurhat.
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