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Wife cries foul

Calcutta, June 26: The wife of a CPM leader arrested in connection with the murder of four Trinamul Congress workers in South 24-Parganas today moved Calcutta High Court demanding a CBI probe.

Jamuna Bhandari, the wife of CPM zonal committee member Bimal Bhandari, alleged that her husband and the other arrested CPM leaders had been framed.

According to Jamuna’s petition, the murders in Raidighi on June 14 was the fallout of Trinamul infighting.

“A false FIR was lodged, accusing my husband and others…. I have no faith in the state police. The court should hand over the investigation to the CBI,” the petition said.

The four Trinamul workers were dragged out of autorickshaws on a dark stretch during a power cut and hacked to death. Although Trinamul has accused the CPM, relatives of the slain workers had spoken of factional rivalry.

Jamuna alleged that the police came to her house yesterday and “forced me to sign on a blank sheet of paper”.

Trinamul secretary-general Partha Chatterjee refused comment. “I am not aware of the details,” he said.