Next date for cognition of charges and the trial of the accused in sensational skeleton recovery case at Benachapra in West Midnapore,where a former West Bengal minister is an accused,may begin on August 22.
After the cognition of charges the trial has been set on August 22 by a local court here following absence of one of the accused Kiriti Roy.
Roy,who has been suffering from cancer,has made a petition to the Calcutta High Court for anticipatory bail.
Former West Bengal minister Susanta Ghosh is an accused in the case in which skeletons were found near his ancestral house at Benachapra.
A total of 58 persons were made accused in the case,but 20 persons have so far been arrested. Property of the all absconding accused were seized.
All the accused were charged with abduction,murder,criminal intimidation,tampering of evidence and possession of illegal arms among others.
Five skeletons were dug up from a pit near Ghosh’s ancestral house at Benachapra village under Garbeta assembly constituency in West Midnapore district in June last. Ghosh was arrested by CID on August 11 and the chargesheet was filed
on September 23.
According to the charge sheet,five Trinamool Congress workers were killed by the accused on September 22,2002 at Piyasala village and buried at Benachapra.