Bengal govt asked to submit affidavit on Lalgarh firing



Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday directed the West Bengal government to explain its position on the Lalgarh firing of January 7 while hearing a PIL seeking a CBI probe into the incident that claimed seven lives.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice J N Patel and Justice A K Roy directed the West Bengal Principal Secretary (Home) to file the affidavit by January 13.

The bench directed the state government to explain its position on the prayers for a CBI probe on the existence of armed camps and the plea for interim compensation to the kin of the dead and injured on the PIL by the Bar Association of the high court.

The state produced the case diary in the matter which was registered at Lalgarh police station, but it did not contain the seizure list.

Noting that police reached several hours late and an FIR was lodged about 11 hours after the firing at Netai village, the division bench had yesterday directed the state to submit the case diary in the court.

In a separate PIL, which was heard together, counsel Kalyan Banerjee prayed for a direction for dismantling of armed camps allegedly run by CPI-M armed cadre.

The bench directed Banerjee to produce a list of the camps existing in Lalgarh and adjoining areas in West Midnapore district, which was till recently dominated by Maoists, but has largely been reclaimed by CPI-M.

The court adjourned the matter till January 14, when it would be taken up for hearing again.

PTI