Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officers probing the January 7 Netai carnage case has sought permission to arrest and interrogate the inspector-in-charge of Lalgarh police station Ashoke Basu.
CBI officers are also waiting for permission to interrogate two former superintendents of police in West Midnapore district in connection with the Gyaneswari Express sabotage case that killed 148 passengers on May 28, 2010.
While the request for arresting Basu went in June, those for interrogating the two superintendents was made in May. CBI sleuths are still waiting for the nod from New Delhi.
“I would not like to disclose any information regarding investigation of these two cases to you,” was CBI joint director Keshav Kumar’s reply when HT contacted him on Saturday.
Manoj Verma was the superintendent of police of West Midnapre district and Praveen Tripathy was the superintendent of Jhargram police district that was carved out of West Midnapore.
On January 7, in Netai village about 3.5 km from Lalgarh, the Maoist hotspot in West Bengal, CPI(M) armed cadres – popularly known as harmads – opened fire on villagers killing nine including four housewives. The team of security forces lead by Basu took more than six hours to cover the 3.5 km to reach the village.
CBI had taken charge of Gyaneswari case in June 2010 and Netai case in January 2011, however the application for permission for the interrogation of these three cops was made in May.
CBI officers in Kolkata have sent the request for arrest of Basu through DIG (CBI) Arun Bothra, and Joint Director (CBI) Keshav Kumar to the Director, CBI (Prosecution) and Director (CBI).
Investigation into the Gyaneswari Express sabotage is almost in a limbo, the situation turning volatile with allegations of involvement of many senior district level police officers and CPI(M) leaders into the worst train sabotage in the country.