Friday, November 16, 2007

Calcutta HC asks CBI to continue probe, announces compensation

Kolkata (PTI): The Calcutta High Court on Friday directed the CBI to continue the inquiry into March 14 Nandigram police firing and violence and submit a report within a month.

A division bench comprising Chief Justic S S Nijjar and Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh, while delivering the order, said the police action on the day was not justifiable before the court.

The court also said the state government should give compensation package to those killed, injured, raped and molested at Nandigram on March 14.

It said that a compensation of no less than Rs 10 lakhs be given to the next of kin of those killed, not less than Rs 5 lakhs for those injured, not less than Rs 8 lakhs for those raped and not less than Rs 2 lakhs for those molested.

After the March 14 incident, the chief justice had suo moto initiated a case and asked the CBI to probe the police firing and violence and submit a report within a week.

Since then 10 more PILs were filed and the hearing on them completed in July.

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