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Poll murder probe advice

Damayanti Sen

Calcutta, Feb. 10: Calcutta High Court today recommended the formation of a special investigating team under Damayanti Sen to probe the murder of a Trinamul rebel’s father, saying the CID was “not in a position” to carry out an impartial investigation.

“I think that the present investigating officer should be removed immediately and a special investigating team should be set up. If possible, DIG CID (operations) Damayanti Sen should be made the chief of the SIT,” Justice Dipankar Dutta said.

Those named in the FIR in the murder of Sagar Ghosh, the father of Trinamul rebel Hriday Ghosh who unsuccessfully contested the rural polls in Birbhum last year as an Independent, include district Trinamul chief Anubrata Mondal.

Sagar was shot dead a few days after Mondal told Trinamul workers to “burn down” houses of Independents and “hurl bombs” at policemen if they came to the rescue.

Justice Dutta today directed government pleader Ashok Banerjee to contact Sen within two days and ask her if she was ready to take charge of the case.

“I am giving two more days to the present investigating officer. If he fails to perform his duty by February 12, I will hand over the investigation to the SIT,” the judge said.

On February 3, the high court had admonished the CID for failing to conduct a “proper probe” into the murder of Sagar Ghosh and had said it would transfer the case to a “higher agency” if the CID’s report in a week was not satisfactory.

Today, the government pleader placed a report before the court saying five FIR-named persons had been arrested in the last two days. “The CID will arrest all the accused. Please give some more time. The CID is trying its best,” government pleader Banerjee said.

Justice Dutta then said, “In my last order, I had asked the CID to find out why two different dates were mentioned in the FIR, on which the police had been conducting the probe. Ask the CID whether it has found it out yet,” the judge asked the government pleader.

After talking to the officer, the government pleader replied: “It will be found out soon.”

The reply did not satisfy the judge.