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DGP to probe poll murder

Calcutta, Feb. 14: Calcutta High Court today set up a special investigating team (SIT) headed by Bengal police director-general G.M.P. Reddy to probe the murder of a Trinamul rebel’s father in Birbhum last year.

The court, which today removed the investigating officer, will monitor the probe. Sagar Ghosh, the father of Hriday who had unsuccessfully contested the panchayat polls last year as an Independent, was shot dead by suspected Trinamul activists days after a provocative speech by district party chief Anubrata Mondal.

Mondal is among the 41 accused in the case. The police have arrested five persons named in the FIR.

After being ordered by Justice Dipankar Dutta to take charge of the SIT, Reddy formed a team of ADG CID Ramphal Pawar, IG CID Niraj Kumar Singh, DSP CID Shankar Prasad Bhattacharya and CID inspector Tirthankar Sanyal. The judge accepted Reddy’s choice of officers.

“The DGP will have to place his first report before the court within two weeks,” Justice Dutta said.

The judge instructed CID inspector Biswajit Chatterjee to hand over all case-related documents to the SIT by tomorrow. Chatterjee had been probing the case.

“The team should only be answerable to the court and will not discuss anything about the probe with the government,” Justice Dutta said, adding that the SIT would have to take “proper steps against influential political personalities if they are accused in the case”.

Apart from Mondal, district zilla parishad sabhadhipati Bikash Roychowdhury is also among those named in the FIR.

“The SIT should act in a manner that general people regain faith in the police department,” Justice Dutta said.

The court also instructed Reddy to provide adequate protection to Sagar’s family.

The court had earlier recommended that DIG, CID (operations) Damayanti Sen take up the probe. But Sen had expressed her inability, citing prior commitments. Yesterday, Justice Dutta had met special commissioner of Calcutta police Soumen Mitra regarding the probe.

Soon after taking his seat today, Justice Dutta said the DGP would head the team and instructed the government pleader to tell Reddy to select his team members.

After Reddy arrived at the high court, the government pleader discussed the issue with him and at 4.35pm, he handed over to the judge a sealed envelope containing the names of the SIT members.

Justice Dutta expressed his satisfaction at the DGP’s recommendation.