What Autopsy report reveals about the Birbhum killings?
According to the PTI, the autopsy reports of the Birbhum victims are out and they revealed that the victims were badly beaten up before being set on fire.
West Bengal reported the horrendous incident where 12 houses were set on fire in which 10 people including women and children were charred to death.
The forensic experts in their preliminary investigation found that the victims were first badly beaten up and then burnt alive, an official from Rampurhat hospital said.
The incident took place after the killing of a local TMC leader Bhadu Sheikh, a panchayat leader.
The CPI(M) alleged the victim’s houses were set ablaze to avenge the killing on Monday. Sheikh was killed after crude bombs were hurled at him in Rampurhat.
CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty had alleged the violence was a result of internal rivalries in the TMC.
The opposition parties including the CPI(M) have called it retaliatory political killings while the state government has denied this and has set up an SIT to probe the carnage.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah‘s intervention and action have been sought by the BJP against the perpetrators of the crime. Union Home Ministry sought a report from the West Bengal government after eight people were found burnt to death in the Birbhum district.
So far, at least 20 people have been arrested and several police personnel and civic volunteers have been removed on grounds of negligence.
The West Bengal government has set up a three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by ADG (CID) Gyanwant Singh to probe the Birbhum violence.
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