Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Friday
directed the West Bengal government to submit its views by
July 29 on a petition seeking raising of compensation amount
for the victims of the January 7 Netai firing.
The Bar Association of the high court in a petition
said that the compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the relatives of
the dead and Rs one lakh to the seriously injured was meagre
and so it should be raised to Rs 25 lakh and Rs 10 lakh
Advocate General Anindya Mitra submitted that the
Cabinet would have to deliberate on the issue as it was a
The division bench comprising Chief Justice J N Patel
and Justice AK Roy then directed Mitra to submit before it
the Cabinet`s views by July 29, when the matter would be taken
up for hearing again.
Nine persons were killed and several others injured in
firing from a two-storey house belonging to CPI-M leader
Rathin Dandapat at Netai village in West Midnapore district
when the villagers were protesting against being forced to
work for them.