Mamata to set up panel to probe political murder cases during Left rule

first_imgThe Trinamool Congress has kept another of its pre-poll pledges. The party-led government in West Bengal had promised to reopen several cases of political murder that took place during the 34-year rule of the Left Front.Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said her government would form a judicial commission to probe the 1970 Sainbari massacre in Burdwan. Four members of a family were allegedly killed by CPM activists in the incident.CPM politburo member and former state industry minister Nirupam Sen and Benoy Konar, leader of the Krishak Sabha – the party’s farmers’ wing – were the key accused in the Sain family murder.The March 1970 incident is considered as one of the most gruesome instances of CPM atrocities on Congress supporters in the past four decades. The family members were killed because they refused to change their political affiliation from the Congress to the CPM. One of them, a youth, was murdered in front of his mother. Mamata said the state government had earlier formed an inquiry commission to probe the case.”The erstwhile Left Front government never implemented any of the recommendations made by the judicial panel. The earlier government did not act against those whom the commission had recommended for penal action,” she said, adding that some members of the Sain family are still alive to give evidence in the case.The decision to reopen the case was taken in the first cabinet meeting on May 20 of the government.The CM said the state government was also reviewing the Baranagar-Cossipore mass killing of the early Seventies where several Naxalite youth were killed, allegedly by the police and Congress activists.advertisementReferring to the death of a young block development officer Kallol Sur in West Midnapore in 2008, Mamata said there would be a fresh probe into it.Sur, 30, posted in Daspur, had been vocal about corruption by the CPM-controlled panchayat in the NREGA programme. One day, his body was found hanging from the ceiling of his residence. Sur’s parents had suspected foul play.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img

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