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West Bengal CID arrests 5 accused in Netai massacre

West Bengal CID arrests 5 accused in Netai massacre
The accused were produced in a West Midnapore district court on Tuesday. The five accused, including the one from whose house bullets were allegedly fired, were given transit remand for a day by the West Midnapore CJM’s court and would be produced before the Jhargram ACJM’s court where the case is committed.

A CID team, headed by its special superintendent Bharati Ghosh, arrested Dalim Pandey, Rathin Dandapat from whose house the firing allegedly took place. Joydeb Giri, Tapan De and Md Khaliluddin were also picked up from a hideout in Hyderabad. All the five will be handed over to the CBI, which is investigating the case, after production before the ACJM’s court, it was known.

‘They admitted that they were hiding in Nellore earlier before taking refuge in the Andhra Pradesh capital,’ Ghosh said. She also said that the CBI, which is investigating the case, had sought the state police’s assistance on some occasions in connection with the case.

Ghosh was recently removed as SP of West Midnapore district on direction from Election Commission and was posted as special superintendent of CID. Of the 20 accused in the case, 17 have so far been arrested while three are still absconding.

In an incident that shocked the nation, nine villagers were killed in indiscriminate firing allegedly from a house owned by local CPI(M) leader Dandapat at Netai village in West Midnapore district on 7 January, 2011.

The Calcutta High Court had ordered a CBI inquiry into the massacre in February, 2011 expressing dissatisfaction with a CID probe then. The then Left Front government’s appeal against the order was turned down by the Supreme Court.

Ex Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, during whose reign the firing took place, held a rally in Midnapore town on February 4, said, ‘Incidents like Netai are wrong. Our boys had done wrong at Netai’.
Nandini Guha

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