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Mamata orders Sainbari probe

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday ordered a judicial inquiry into the Sainbari case, in which four Congress loyalists were killed 41 years ago, allegedly by Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) backed assailants.

kolkata Updated: Jun 15, 2011 07:28 IST

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday ordered a judicial inquiry into the Sainbari case, in which four Congress loyalists were killed 41 years ago, allegedly by Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) backed assailants.

She also ordered a judicial probe into the unnatural death of a government official, who hauled up Communist leaders allegedly for withholding wages of government schemes.

"The government has decided to initiate a judicial inquiry into the Sainbari killing case. As we have promised the common people that we would conduct a through probe into the case, a judicial commission has been formed to inquire into it," said Banerjee at the state secretariat i.e. Writers' Buildings.

On March 17, 1970, some criminals associated with the CPI-M allegedly raided the house of the Congress loyalist in Burdwan district and slaughtered four members of the family in broad daylight. "Some may have forgotten the Sainbari episode, but we have not forgotten the red terror and want a through probe into it," said Banerjee.

"We have also ordered a judicial probe into Block Development Officer (BDO) Kallol Sur's unnatural death in West Midnapore district. The BDO was reported to have committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling. But his parents and others suspect foul play behind Sur's death."

"Sur's old father and mother met me demanding justice for their son's death and we have kept our promise by initiating judicial inquiry into it," she said.

The BDO was found hanging in his quarter April 8, 2008, few days after he was said to have brought some CPI-M rural body members under the scanner for alleged corruption in a slew of government schemes like the rural employment guarantee scheme, flood relief, etc.