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Bengal to file CID report on Sitalkuchi before HC soon

On April 10 this year, when polling for the Assembly elections was on in Cooch Behar district, violence had allegedly sparked in a booth under the Assembly seat

Our Correspondent Jalpaiguri Published 21.12.21, 01:50 AM
CISF personnel on duty at the booth had fired in the open, leading to four deaths.

CISF personnel on duty at the booth had fired in the open, leading to four deaths. File photo

The Bengal government will file the investigation report of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which is probing the Sitalkuchi firing case at the Jalpaiguri circuit bench of Calcutta High Court in the next two to three weeks, lawyers representing the state said here on Monday.

On April 10 this year, when polling for the Assembly elections was on in Cooch Behar district, violence had allegedly sparked in a booth under Sitalkuchi Assembly seat. The CISF personnel on duty at the booth had fired in the open, leading to four deaths.

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Later, the CISF filed a case in the incident. Families of the deceased youths had filed another case, alleging murder and seeking compensation.

On Monday, a division bench of Justice Soumen Sen and Justice Biswajit Basu heard a petition for anticipatory bail filed by six CISF jawans who are accused of firing. The bench rejected the bail petition and ordered the next hearing of the case would be held on January 11 next year.

While the hearing was on, Y. Dastoor, the additional solicitor-general, appealed for the submission of the incident’s comprehensive report.

Public prosecutor Saswata Gopal Mukherjee, said the state had assigned the CID to probe the case. “We also said the report will be submitted with evidence and other documents within the next two to three weeks,” said Mukherjee after the hearing.

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