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Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Friday ordered a CBI investigation into the murder of Trinamool Congress leader Bhadu Sheikh, in apparent retaliation to which eight persons were burnt to death in West Bengal’s Birbhum district.

The high court had earlier ordered a CBI investigation into the killings of the eight people at Bogtui village in the district.

Birbhum fire
The house in Bogtui village in Birbhum district which was set on fire, killing eight people

Prayers were made before a division bench presided by Chief Justice for ordering a CBI probe into the murder of TMC leader Bhadu Sheikh as well, claiming that the two incidents were linked.

The bench, also comprising Justice R Bharadwaj, ordered the transfer of the murder case of Sheikh from the state police to the CBI for the purpose of a complete investigation.

The bench had on March 25 ordered that the probe into the March 21 violence at Bogtui be handed over to the CBI from the West Bengal government-appointed special investigation team.

The state DGP had on March 22 said that the violence at Bogtui took place within an hour of the murder of Sheikh, the deputy chief of the local panchayat.

The spot where Sheikh was murdered is about a kilometre away from Bogtui.

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