The Birbhum burnt deaths are the result of a spat between the BJP and the TMC leaders. Mudslinging has been going on since the insurgence of the incident. The Birbhum violence has now reached the state assembly. The argument and manhandling took place inside the assembly, where MLAs from both factions were seen pushing each other.
Amid a hustling situation, some unusual incidents occurred. In the end, West Bengal Assembly Speaker Biman Bandyopadhyay on Monday suspended five BJP MLAs, including leader of the opposition Suvendu Adhikari, for their alleged rowdy behaviour in the House.
Speaker suspends five BJP members
Adhikari, along with BJP legislators Dipak Burman, Shankar Ghosh, Manoj Tigga, and Narahari Mahato, was suspended by the Speaker for future sessions this year after a disturbance took place inside the House over the Birbhum violence.
Earlier in the day, some unruly scenes erupted as ruling TMC and BJP MLAs exchanged blows, when the BJP legislators demanded a statement from chief minister Mamata Banerjee over the “worsening” law and order situation in the state, especially in Birbhum district.
25 BJP MLAs walked out
As per the report, around 25 BJP MLAs, led by Adhikari, then walked out of the assembly, claiming that several party legislators were roughed up by TMC MLAs inside the house.
“MLAs are not safe, even inside the assembly. At least eight to ten of our legislators were beaten up by some TMC MLAs, as we demanded that the CM make a statement in the House on the law and order issue, “Adhikari said.
TMC leader and state minister Firhad Hakim, however, told reporters that the BJP is staging a drama to create chaos in the assembly. A few of our MLAs were injured inside the house. We condemn the conduct of the BJP, “he said.
Birbhum burnt case claimed eight lives
The Birbhum burnt case claimed eight lives at Bogtui village in Birbhum district on March 21. It was a conspiracy to dash Bengal’s biggest coal mine project in the district’s Deocha-Pachami region, chief minister Mamata Banerjee alleged on Sunday on her arrival in north Bengal during a four-day tour.
Addressing people at a government programme in Siliguri, Banerjee said, “This was a conspiracy to scuttle the Deocha Pachami project, which will provide employment to 0.1 million people. Some people don’t want that to happen.
The state has started the process of acquiring more than 10,000 acres of land for the mining project in the western part of Birbhum.
Mamata raises questions over CBI
Mamata Banerjee raised questions about the ability of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which was asked by the Calcutta high court to probe the carnage. Banerjee had formed a three-member special investigation team (SIT) which was taken off the case by the court.
Referring to a number of cases-such as the theft of Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel Prize medallion from the museum at Visva Bharati in Birbhum-in which the CBI failed to make any breakthrough, Banerjee targeted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Was justice served in the Uttar Pradesh murders of Hathras, Unnao, and Lakhimpur Kheri?” she inquired.
The officer-in-charge of the Rampurhat police station and the sub-divisional police officer have been removed from duty for failing to catch the culprits. The entire state police force cannot be held guilty for the mistakes of two officers. “
Our SIT was doing a great job. It arrested 22 suspects, including TMC leader Anarul Hossain. We will cooperate with the CBI, but if it fails to unravel the truth and gets engaged in pleasing some people, we will hit the streets, “she said.
Banerjee targets media.
The chief minister also accused the media of targeting her party. Some news channels are being paid to target us while the fact remains that those who died and those who are accused were all TMC workers and supporters. I have information that 100 journalists from national media outlets have been hired because it has been proved that only Mamata can fight the BJP, “she said.
Asking the masses to be vigilant in view of the massacre, Banerjee said: “Keep your ears and eyes open.” Inform the local police station if you come to hear of any conspiracy to commit murders or create disturbances. Inform us if the police do not take any action. We will punish those officers. “
Launch of the helpline: Mamata
“We will soon launch a helpline that will connect you directly to the government. Those who have my number can contact me directly. No leader of our party should be involved in any corruption and conspiracy. I am giving them two months. We will take steps against those who face murder charges, “Banerjee said, warning the TMC’s rank and file.
Anarul Hossain, the TMC’s Rampurhat-1 community block unit president, has been accused as the main conspirator of the massacre by the SIT. He was interrogated for more than five hours by the CBI team on Sunday.
“I am being framed by people in Delhi,” Hossain told reporters as he was led from the police station to the government guest house where the CBI has established a field office in Rampurhat.
CBI officers talk to doctors
The CBI officers also talked to doctors at Rampurhat hospital who treated the injured villagers and recorded the statements of those arrested so far.
Dismissing Banerjee’s allegation of conspiracy, BJP state president Sukanta Majumdar said, “Banerjee should stop blaming the opposition parties because those who carried out the massacre and the victims all belong to the TMC.”
Hossain has been charged with murder, arson, rioting with deadly weapons and criminal conspiracy. He was arrested by the Rampurhat police hours after the order came from Banerjee during her visit to Bogtui village on Thursday.
Congress demands imposition of Article 355
Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Sunday demanded the imposition of Article 355 in the state, alleging the collapse of law and order. Leading a procession from Howrah district to the Esplanade in Kolkata, Chowdhury demanded an impartial investigation into the mysterious death of student leader Anis Khan in February.
“Bengal is witnessing one murder after another. Khan was thrown out of his home in Howrah, and a state-managed probe is shielding the conspirators. The barbaric incident in Birbhum has raised serious questions about law and order. “Our councillor Tapan Kandu was killed at point-blank range in Purulia but there has been no proper investigation,” said the Lok Sabha.
The Birbhum deaths are a political game and nothing else. Both the BJP and TMC are playing politics on the corpses of eight burnt-dead.