West Bengal: In its first post-poll violence arrests, CBI nets 2 in Nadia | Kolkata News

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KOLKATA/NADIA: The CBI on Saturday arrested two persons in connection with the alleged murder of BJP worker Dharma Mandal in Nadia’s Chapra. These are the first arrests made by the central agency since Calcutta High Court asked it to probe cases of post-poll violence in Bengal. The CBI has also initiated 10 more FIRs, raising the total number of cases to 21.
CBI sources said accused Bijoy Ghosh and Asima Ghosh, both members of Hridaypur gram panchayat, were present in the village on May 14, the day Mandal died. They will be presented before a special CBI court on Sunday.
In his complaint, the victim’s brother Ayan claimed that some people were beating up a relative when Mandal intervened. He was attacked with a sharp weapon by one Ujjal Ghosh and he suffered fatal injuries. Ayan alleged that their family were being targeted since the poll results were declared on May 2 because of their association with BJP.
Chapra MLA Rukbanur Rahman said the name of Bijoy and Asima did not figure in the FIR. “Those originally named have all been arrested. Later, the CBI included more names. We want the accused to be arrested, but people will not allow harassment,” Rahman added.
On Saturday, the CBI team faced resistance from local residents when they reached Chapra. The team was carrying out searches at 15 locations in connection with the Mandal case. It is alleged that the tyres of the CBI car were punctured.
“One of the CBI officers criticised the Duare Sarkar scheme and people reacted,” the local MLA said. However, BJP’s Nadia north convener Arjun Biswas said the team was attacked when it tried to make arrests.

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