The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Thursday submitted its chargesheet against 19 of the 22 persons named in the FIR on the double-murder case in Burdwan in which former MLA Pradip Tah and CPM district committee member Kamal Gayen were hacked to death in broad daylight on February 28. Significantly,the CID has discharged the husband and son of the daughter of former Congress MLA Kashinath Tah of Deoandighi-Mirzapur in Burdwan. Those named in the FIR,who have been discharged by the CID,include Tapas Tah,Saheb Tah and Taki Hajra.
Prabir Tah,brother of the deceased CPM leader Pradip Tah,filed an FIR against 22 persons who allegedly belonged to the ruling TMC.
However,in its chargesheet,CID officers have framed charges against 19 of the 22 and discharged the three mentioned before. Of the three discharged men,there were the husband and son of Kakali Tah,daughter of Kashinath Tah,former congress MLA of the area. Kakali Tah is said to have a close relation with the senior TMC leadership and her husband Tapas Gupta is a member of the TMC in the area.
Kakali Tah,however,said,I have repeatedly told the police that my husband and my son were not present at the spot. My husband started early for a medical camp and he was there with the BDO of the area,while my son left the place the day before as he works outside of Burdwan. The CID officers have investigated the case and they have collected all documents which proved that my husband and my son are innocent and they were framed in the case.
A senior CID official said,We have framed charges against 19 persons. We have investigated the case and concluded that Pradip Tah and Kamal Gayen were murdered. Even though it was not a pre-planned murder,the accused group murdered them due to sudden provocation. The accused persons had old grudge against them which resulted in the violent murder.
There was no clash. It was a single-sided attack. The rally of the CPM leaders was attacked by the an armed group who hacked them to death in broad day-light, added the official. Significantly,the chargesheet also mentioned these points. However,after the murder,the Trinamool leaders,including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Commerce and Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee,said the incident was an outcome of public outrage and internal squabbles of the CPM.
Tah and Gayen had taken out a rally in support of the nationwide strike called by several central trade unions on February 28. Around 10.30 am,a group of armed men – allegedly Trinamool workers and supporters – attacked and chased them. Tah fled to his house,and after sometime he reportedly came out of his house,when he was attacked with tangis (spears),rods and lathis. His face was smashed with boulders. The men then attacked Gayen,who tried to save Tah.
Of the 22 named in the FIR,11 accused persons are at present in the custody,while eight others are absconding.