Days after the main accused in a case of violence in West Bengal’s Birbhum committed suicide in CBI custody, the state police has registered a murder case against officials of the Central Investigation Agency.
Lalon Sheikh, one of the main accused in the violence that took place in Bagtui village in Bengal’s Birbhum district earlier this year, allegedly committed suicide in CBI custody on Monday.
A First Information Report or FIR registered by the police against senior CBI officials for “murdering” the accused. According to sources, the organization will challenge the FIR in Calcutta High Court.
The FIR was registered based on a complaint filed by Lalon’s family alleging custodial torture.
Lalon Sheikh was arrested from Jharkhand on December 4 – eight months after the massacre in which 10 people, including women and children, were burnt alive.
He was kept in a makeshift camp set up by the CBI in the district.
Lalon Sheikh’s wife alleged that CBI officials threatened to kill her husband and demanded Rs 50 lakh to clear his name in the case.
The Central Bureau of Investigation dismissed the allegations as “baseless” and launched an inquiry into Sheikh’s death.
The CBI is investigating the case on the orders of the Calcutta High Court. The Sheikh is believed to have led a mob that set fire to houses in Bogtui, killing 10 people, mostly women and children. 10 were severely beaten before the murders, their autopsies or forensic examinations revealed.
The violence occurred in the village after local Trinamool leader Bhadu Sheikh was killed. The CBI chargesheet stated that Bhadu Sheikh’s murder was a result of enmity between him and his accomplices over questionable land deals, illegal business and sharing of extortion money.