Mamata Banerjee on Thursday visited the village in Bengal’s Birbhum where eight people were burnt alive by a mob this week.
The victims were all women and children. The West Bengal CM assured of justice and said that the suspects would be hunted down if they did not surrender.
The savage killings have already caused a big backlash nationwide. The Opposition is also accusing Mamata Banerjee of resorting to political violence.
The National Human Rights Commission India (NHRC India) has also taken suo moto cognizance of the incident.
Alleging a bigger conspiracy, Mamata called for “stringent action” and ordered the police to investigate the killings “from all angles”.
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“Police will ensure strictest punishment is handed out to culprits responsible for the Rampurhat carnage. The case filed before the court should be watertight,” Ms Banerjee said.
Bengal CM Banerjee also promised permanent jobs to the affected families and distributed cheques among them.
The Chief Minister also ordered the police to arrest Anarul Shiekh, Trinamool leader in connection with the killings.
Six women and two children were burnt alive by a mob after being locked in their homes on Tuesday at Bogtui village near Rampurhat town.
This comes after a local Trinamool Congress leader, Bhadu Sheikh, was killed in a bomb attack.
There were two FIRs filed – one over the Trinamool leader’s murder, and the other for the killing of villagers.
Just a day ago, the Calcutta High Court said that not enough was being done to catch those responsible for this attack.
The court has ordered the state government to protect witnesses and set up CCTV cameras at the site. It also asked the state government to file a report.
Moreover, Bhadu Sheikh’s sons are among the suspects picked up by the police. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also described the killings as “heinous” and said that those responsible should not be forgiven.
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