CBI questions 5 Bengal cops in Congress councillor’s murder case | Latest News India

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday questioned 5 police personnel at Jhalda in Bengal’s Purulia district in the course of the probe into the March 13 murder of native Congress councillor Tapan Kandu, officers of the probe company mentioned.

The 5 district police personnel – a lady sub-inspector, two constables and two house guards – have been confined to their barracks on March 20 following prices of dereliction of responsibility in the course of the murder on a highway. CBI officers took them to the scene of the crime on Friday.

Kandu was shot from shut vary in entrance of his associates and several other eyewitnesses. His spouse, Purnima Kandu, who filed the petition earlier than the Calcutta excessive court docket single decide bench of Justice Rajasekhar Mantha searching for a CBI probe, alleged that the police personnel, who have been manning a safety test level on the highway in the course of the murder, didn’t reply to the household’s request to hurry to the crime scene which was inside strolling distance.

Justice Mantha ordered the CBI probe on April 4 and made sturdy observations in opposition to the Purulia police which claimed on April 3 {that a} sum of 7 lakh was given to the killers by the sufferer’s brother Naren Kandu, who was arrested the identical day. Purulia district superintendent of police S (*5*) claimed that the murder was the fallout of an outdated household dispute and had nothing to do with politics.

The CBI additionally initiated the method of taking into its custody the 4 suspects arrested thus far by the police. They embrace Naren Kandu, his son Dipak, businessman Asif Khan, and an alleged legal, Kalebar Singh, who was arrested from Bokaro in Jharkhand. Dipak, who contested the civic polls on a TMC ticket in opposition to his uncle and lost, was the primary particular person to be arrested on March 15.

A CBI workforce led by deputy inspector common of police Akhilesh Singh spoke to Purnima Kandu, who can also be a Congress councillor at Jhalda municipality, the sufferer’s nephew Mithun Kandu and three eyewitnesses to the murder.

Purnima Kandu had alleged that the inspector-in-charge of Jhalda police station, Sanjib Ghosh, had been placing stress on her husband to affix the TMC because the verdict to the civic polls had led to a hung board at Jhalda municipality.

On April 3, (*5*) mentioned, “No involvement of the IC of Jhalda was found during investigation.” He additionally claimed that an audio clip, purportedly containing a telephonic dialog between Sanjib Ghosh and a Mithun Kandu, can be examined later.

The clip was submitted earlier than the court docket as proof. Justice Mantha mentioned on April 4 that each cell telephones ought to have been seized and examined. He additionally noticed that the murder was linked to politics and raised questions on why the allegations in opposition to Sanjib Ghosh weren’t probed.

CBI officers mentioned Ghosh could also be summoned quickly for questioning.

Niranjan Baishnab, a pal of Tapan Kandu who witnessed the murder, died by suicide in his residence on Wednesday. His household filed a grievance in opposition to the police on Thursday. A hand-written word discovered in Baishnab’s room mentioned he couldn’t take the stress of being repeatedly summoned and questioned by the Jhalda police.

Purnima Kandu, who alleged that Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders and the police have been concerned in the murder, mentioned on Friday that she was glad to speak to CBI officers.

“They asked me to describe everything in detail. I am hopeful that the CBI will arrest the culprits,” she mentioned.

The Bengal authorities on Thursday challenged the only decide bench order for a CBI probe and moved the division bench of Chief Justice Prakash Shrivastava and Justice Rajarshi Bharadwaj searching for an early and expeditious listening to. The chief justice requested the counsel for the state to submit a plea for the court docket’s consideration.

In the Jhalda municipality elections that came about on February 27, the Congress and TMC gained 5 seats every, whereas two seats have been wrested by Independent candidates. One unbiased candidate later joined the TMC. The TMC fashioned the board on April 5 amid protests by Congress employees.

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