New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday visited Bogtui village in Rampurhat, where eight people were burnt alive on March 21 and met the family members of the deceased. The Chief Minister assured the families of justice, and strictest action against the culprits. “You have lost a family member, but I am heart-broken,” she said.
Eight people, including two children, were charred to death as nearly a dozen huts were set ablaze in Birbhum district early Tuesday in a suspected fallout of the murder of a ruling TMC panchayat official.
Banerjee promised jobs to the 10 families affected by the violence, and compensation to rebuild burnt houses.
“Police will ensure strictest punishment is handed out to culprits responsible for Rampurhat carnage. The case filed before court should be water-tight,” Banerjee said.
She further informed that the police has been instructed to throw dragnet to unearth secret caches of illicit arms, bombs across West Bengal.
Mamata Banerjee took a helicopter from Dumurjola Stadium in Howrah and landed on a helipad near the village amid tight security.
The chief minister also separately spoke with the family members of slain local TMC leader Bhadu Sheikh. One of his family members fell ill while describing their ordeal to Banerjee.
Meanwhile, a Trinamool Congress delegation met Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday and sought the ouster of West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar as a political fight over the horrifying killing of eight persons in the state’s Birbhum district continued to echo inside and outside Parliament.