CBI chargesheets 5 in West Bengal councilor murder case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a chargesheet against five accused in connection with the alleged murder of Bengal’s Jhalda Municipality councillor Tapan Kandu.

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a chargesheet against five people in the killing of Tapan Kandu, a Congress councillor from the Jhalda Municipality in West Bengal.

In its chargesheet filed before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Purulia, the Central Bureau of Investigation has named Dipak Kandu, Kalebar Singh, Naren Kandu, Md Asik, and Satyaban Pramanik as accused.

The CBI took over the investigation of the case from the West Bengal Police on April 6, 2022, on the orders of the Calcutta High Court.

It was alleged that Tapan Kandu was shot dead by three motorcycle-borne people near his residence in Jhalda at around 5.15 pm on March 13 this year while returning with friends from an evening walk through Bagmundi Road, CBI Spokesperson RC Joshi said.

Kandu had collapsed and was rushed to Jhalda Hospital before being transferred to Ranchi Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

On April 4, Justice Rajasekhar Mantha directed the central agency to submit a report on its investigation into the case within 45 days.

The high court had ordered the probe by the central agency on the petition of the councillor’s widow, Purnima Kandu, who had moved it seeking a CBI investigation into the murder of her husband, alleging the complicity of local police in the case.

Her counsel had submitted before the court that the superintendent of police of Purulia district in a press conference had given a clean chit to the inspector in-charge of Jhalda police station even before the probe by the state police was completed.

(With agency input)

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