Judicial custody for the accused arrested by CBI from Chapra on post-poll violence issue

Judicial custody for the accused arrested by CBI from Chapra on post-poll violence issue

Biswabrata Goswami

KRISHNAGAR, 29 AUGUST: Two persons, who were arrested by the CBI yesterday in connection with the murder of BJP worker Dharma Mandal at Hridaypur in Chapra on 14 May, have been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.

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The CBI officials today produced the accused before the chief judicial magistrate-in-charge of Krishnagar district judges’ court, Ms Poonam Singh where the magistrate on hearing pleas remanded them in judicial custody. The duo will again be produced before the court on 10 September, said Sumit Bit, additional public prosecutor.

A team of CBI officials who is camping in Nadia for the past three days had gone to Hridaypur to conduct a probe into the murder of BJP worker. But, the team faced a stiff resistance from the villagers as they were carrying out searches at various locations. The angered villagers had thrown mud before the officials and ransacked one of their vehicles. They also punctured the tyres of the vehicle. Later, Chapra police and CRPF jawans on hearing the incident reached the site and rescued the CBI officials.

According to sources, the situation turned so serious that the CBI officials contacted BSF officials at Simanagar and asked them to be prepared. Later, the CBI officials arrested Bijay Ghosh and Ashima Ghosh, both are TMC panchayat members of Hridaypur gram panchayat in connection with the murder of Dharma Mandal.

Earlier, the Chapra police arrested eight persons in connection with the case, but the CBI arrested the duo based on the investigation whose names were not in the FIR list, sources said.

Mandal was brutally attacked by a group of local residents on 14 May and he succumbed to his injuries on 16 May in a Kolkata hospital.

These were the first arrest by the CBI since the Kolkata High Court asked it to probe cases of post-poll violence in West Bengal.  

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