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State distributes job offers to families of victims

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had promised to provide jobs for family members of the victims, who perished in the Bagtui fire. As per its promise, the state government today handed over employment letters to 10 people. Bidhan Roy, the Birbhum District Magistrate handed over the work letters to the next of kin of the deceased.

The CM promised to provide jobs from its chief minister’s quota to Bagtui village during his visit last month. All will become permanent after a year, government sources said.

Meanwhile, the CBI today collected forensic evidence like handlebar fingerprints from abandoned totos belonging to fugitive defendant Rana Sheikh for concrete clues. The totos were used to transport vegetables, fruits and fish to the village. But on the night of March 19, they were allegedly used to bring explosives to the village of Bagtui. These DNA samples have already been sent to New Delhi for forensic testing, sources said.

CBI officers again traveled to Rampurhat to get clues and dispel doubts. They met the villagers and asked questions. At the CBI camp office today, Rampurhat’s current SDPO, Dhiman Mitra, was grilled. He was asked about the progress of the investigations into the Bhadu Sheikh murder case and the evidence collected.

He was also asked for a list of CCTV recordings, sources said. Four other eyewitnesses to the March 19 Bagtui arson were also summoned to the camp office to record their confessions, under Article 161 of the CRPC. The widow of slain deputy head of the gram panchayat Bhadu Sheikh is against a CBI investigation into the incident and said she was satisfied with the police investigation so far.