The Calcutta High Court has told the West Bengal government to explain why it thinks the CBI should not be asked to probe the killing of seven persons in Lalgarh’s Netai village on January 7.
The court said it would hear the case on Friday, within which time the state government should file an affidavit providing its explanation.
A bench of chief justice JN Patel and justice AK Roy also wanted to know why the joint security forces should not be directed to dismantle all armed camps allegedly set up by the CPI-M in Lalgarh.
The bench further asked why the state should not pay compensation to victims of the Netai firing in which the seven persons were killed and 20 were seriously injured.
State advocate general Balai Roy submitted a police report, which revealed that for the past 25 days CPI-M cadres and armed miscreants had been camping in a house in Lalgarh from where they had opened fire on villagers on January 7.
The Calcutta HC demanded the state provide its explanations after a public interest litigation was moved for direction to the CBI or central forces to dismantle armed camps allegedly set up by the CPI-M in Lalgarh in West Midnapore district.
Moving the petition, advocate and Trinamool Congress MP Kalyan Banerjee said that even after the killing of seven villagers in Lalgarh on January 7, several armed camps set up by CPI-M cadres continued to exist.