HC directs WB govt to file status report on 49 Jhargram cases
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Last Updated: Friday, February 18, 2011, 22:28
Kolkata: Calcutta High Court Friday directed the West Bengal government to file a status report on 49 cases that were filed in Jhargram police district in West Midnapore in which 500 killings, gangrapes and disappearences were reported but no action had been taken, as claimed by a PIL.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice J N Patel and Justice Asim Kumar Roy directed the state government to file the report by March 24 on the PIL that was filed by renowned author and social activist Mahasweta Devi and others.

The petitioners' counsels Kashikanta Moitra and Sardar Amjad Ali submitted before the court that Jhargram police district had been carved out of Midnapore district considering the serious law and order situation in Jhargram.

They stated that the social activists, taking information from records, found that 49 FIRs involving over 500 murders, 59 persons missing and several cases of gangrapes had been lodged since September 2010.

The petitioners claimed that despite astonishing numbers involved, there have been no investigation into the cases.

It was claimed that most of these incidents occurred during operations carried out by the local police with joint forces and cadres of a particular political party.

The petitioners prayed for a CBI probe claiming that with the alleged involvement of state forces, it was not possible to get an independent investigation by state agencies.

Advocate General Balai Roy submitted that the number of alleged cases was high and sought three months to submit the report.

But the bench declined to give so much time and directed the state to furnish the status of each case that has been filed, as alleged in the PIL, by March 24.


First Published: Friday, February 18, 2011, 22:28

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