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Center Requests Report, BJP Sends Team to Bengal After 8 Dead: 10 Facts


The charred bodies of seven people were found from a house in Bengal this morning.

New Delhi:
The center has asked for reports on allegations of political violence in Birbhum Bengal in which eight people died. The BJP also sent a fact -finding team to investigate the biggest example of violence since Mamata Banerjee’s landslide victory last year.

Here are the top 10 points in this big story:

  1. A group of rioters allegedly threw bombs in the village of Bogtui on the outskirts of Rampurhat just before dawn Tuesday, where 10 houses caught fire. It is suspected in retaliation for the murder of a Trinamool Congress panchayat leader, Bhadu Sheikh, whose body was found on Monday.

  2. The charred bodies of seven people, two of them children, were found from a house this morning. An eighth person died on the way to the hospital. Eleven people have been arrested for the violence, state police said.

  3. A Special Investigation Team has been formed to investigate the matter. Bengal’s top police officer Manoj Malaviya said, “We are investigating how the houses caught fire and whether the incident was related to the death of the deputy head of the panchayat of the neighboring village of Barshal”.

  4. A two -member Trinamool Congress delegation led by state minister Firhad Hakim was on its way to Rampurhat to look into the issue. Two local police officers – a Petty Police Officer and a Rampurhat Circle Inspector – have been removed.

  5. The BJP team from Bengal met Union Home Minister Amit Shah today to ask for his intervention. State party chief Sukanta Majumdar, who led the delegation, will be part of a fact -finding team formed by BJP chief JP Nadda. The team includes four former police officers.

  6. The Trinamool Congress has denied any involvement in the violence. Party spokesman Kunal Ghosh said, “We condemn the deaths which appear to have occurred as a result of unintentional fire. Our party leader who was killed last night”.

  7. Chief Minister and Governor Jagdeep Dhankar, who have been at loggerheads for years, have been at loggerheads over the issue. Mr Dhankhar has described the incident as “horrific violence and a horrific arson party” and “demonstrates a violation of law and order in the state”.

  8. Ms. Banerjee replied with a letter. “It is highly inappropriate to make a comprehensive and inappropriate statement instead of paving the way for a fair investigation,” he wrote and asked the Governor to refrain from making “inappropriate statements”.

  9. The matter caused a ripple in the state assembly, where BJP leaders demanded a statement from the Chief Minister in the hall. Twenty-two BJP lawmakers launched an exit movement and party leader Suvendu Adhikari, in a series of tweets, urged the Center to intervene.

  10. Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raised the issue in the House, saying “horrific incidents burning the lives of women and children” were taking place in West Bengal.

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