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Second plea for CBI probe

Zarina Biwi and Manirul Islam

Calcutta, June 30: The family members of the three brothers who were hacked to death allegedly during a kangaroo court session in the Birbhum house of Manirul Islam in 2010 today approached Calcutta High Court demanding a CBI probe.

Zarina Biwi, the mother of the three, and Anarul Sheikh, their brother, today approached the court to file the case, which, sources said, was likely to be registered officially tomorrow.

“Zarina Biwi and Anarul approached the high court jointly. According to rules, any of the joint petitioners can affirm the petition. Today, Anarul affirmed the petition. The plea has been sent to the appropriate department for registering the case,” a source said.

The source added that if the case was registered officially tomorrow, it could come up for hearing in a couple of days.

To affirm his petition, a petitioner has to put his signature on the plea in the presence of an officer of the court.

Today’s petition demanding a CBI probe was the second such by the family of the three slain CPM supporters.

In April this year, Sanwar Sheikh, another son of Zarina, had moved the high court over police inaction and sought a CBI probe.

Justice Dipankar Dutta had then directed Birbhum police to file a progress report on its investigation into the case by early June.

When the case came up for hearing in the second week of June, advocate Subrata Mukhopadhyay, who represented Sanwar, wanted to file an additional affidavit as the name of Trinamul MLA Manirul was not mentioned in the chargesheet.

The court had allowed Mukhopadhyay to file the affidavit.

“I decided to file another case before the same court through the mother and another brother of the victims. Now I will pray before the court to hear both petitions simultaneously,” Mukhopadhyay said today.

The lawyer added: “The case changed its character after the investigators exempted Manirul from the murder charge. But there is video footage showing Manirul telling Trinamul supporters at a rally that he had killed all three brothers. Now we will ask the court how Manirul’s name was excluded.”

In the fresh petition filed today, Zarina and Anarul have said they “did not have faith in the police investigation” as Trinamul MLA Manirul was not included in the chargesheet. “For free and fare justice, the case should be handed over to the CBI,” the petition said.

Anarul today reached the court around 1.45pm. He met his lawyer Mukhopadhyay in his room on the second floor. The lawyer advised him to affirm his petition before an officer of the court.

After the affirmation, the petition was submitted for filing. But as the court hour had ended, the plea could not be filed today.