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Bogtui massacre: CBI arrests another absconding accused in Birbhum arson case

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said on Thursday it had arrested another suspect in hiding in March this year in the massacre in Bogtui village in Birbhum district of West Bengal.

Rajesh Saha

Kolkata,UPDATED: 19 Oct 2022 23:29 IST


The arrested suspect was remanded in custody for six days. (Representative photo)

By Rajesh Saha: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested another person on Wednesday accused of throwing a bomb at Shri Bhadu Sk, whose murder led to massacre in Bogtui village in Birbhum district of West Bengal, killing in March this year 10 people were killed. Several victims were reportedly burned alive during the violence.

The suspect was arrested in Toloya village, Mallarpur Police Station in Birbhum district. It is alleged that the arrested suspect was seen and identified while throwing a bomb at Shri Bhadu Sk in the CCTV footage. He had evaded arrest and had gone into hiding after the violence had occurred.

The arrested suspect was brought before the court of Ld. ACJM, Rampurhat and remanded in custody for six days.

The development comes days after the investigative agency arrested another suspect in hiding in the Bogtui village massacre. The arrested person was identified as Bulu Sheikh alias Dollar Sheikh and the CBI had said he had been in hiding since the investigation began.

Bulu, along with other suspects, is said to have bought gasoline on March 21, which was used for smoking houses in Bogtui.

On March 21, the local strongman of the Trinamool Congress, Vadu Sheikh, was murdered in broad daylight. In the aftermath of his death, violence broke out in the village, with several houses being set on fire, leading to deaths.

CBI had stated in its complaint filed in June that despite SOS calls from the villagers, no one from the local police station arrived for help.

In its 1,193 page indictment, the CBI said local police ignored desperate calls from the villagers while Bogtui was on fire. The indictment also noted that the rioters first closed the main exits before setting the houses on fire to make sure no one could escape.

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