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West Bengal Post-Poll Violence: CBI Interrogates CM Mamata Banerjee’s Election Agency SK Sufian

The Calcutta High Court, after taking cognisance of an NHRC report on post-poll violence, has handed over probe into “heinous” cases of rape and murder to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress candidate from Bhabanipur constituency, Mamata Banerjee gestures towards supporters as she attends the party workers' meeting ahead of Assembly By-elections, in Kolkata, Thursday, Sept 16, 2021. (PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra)

Kolkata: The CBI on Thursday interrogated TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee’s election agent in Nandigram, SK Sufian, as part of its probe into cases of violence in the aftermath of March-April assembly polls, agency sources said. Sufian was interrogated for over four hours at the port town of Haldia in Purba Midnapore, the sources said.

The Calcutta High Court, after taking cognisance of an NHRC report on post-poll violence, has handed over probe into “heinous” cases of rape and murder to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

The agency has filed 35 FIRs so far, based on complaints received from various quarters. Sufiyan later claimed that it was a “conspiracy” on the part of BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari that led to his interrogation.

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He stated that he wasn’t involved in any criminal activity. Adhikari and Banerjee had crossed swords in Nandigram in Purba Midnapore during the elections, with the BJP leader emerging victorious from the seat.

The CBI has summoned Sufian on Thursday in connection with a murder case allegedly related to post poll violence in Nandigram from where the TMC supremo had unsuccessfully contested, officials said.

Nandigram had seen a high-pitched electoral battle between Banerjee and her confidante turned-rival Shuvendu Adhikari which was narrowly clinched by the latter. 

Sufian, a TMC leader, was also a complainant in connection with alleged attack on Banerjee during poll campaign.

The probe agency, meanwhile, has taken over one more case of murder related to alleged post-poll violence in West Bengal, taking the tally of such cases registered by the agency so far to 35, officials said on Wednesday.

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The case was filed by one Gobindo Burman against 12 accused people who allegedly hurled bombs and fired at a voting booth in Cooch Behar where Burman and his family members had gone to cast their votes on April 10, the FIR alleged. =

Burman alleged that one of the accused fired targeting his brother who fell on the ground and later succumbed to injuries while being taken to the hospital, they said.

“One of the 12 miscreants allegedly opened fire targeting the complainant’s brother… The victim was taken to Sitalkuchi hospital where he was declared dead. The FIR was registered against 12 accused.

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