Calcutta High Court says no to CBI probe into Lalgarh massacre

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Kolkata, Jan 19 (PTI) The Calcutta High Court todayrefused to order a CBI probe into the Lalgarh killing caseand directed the state CID to continue to probe the matter.

In an interim order on a PIL seeking a CBI probe intothe January 7 incident that left nine dead, the court,however, said it would monitor the progress of theinvestigation by the CID.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice J N Pataland justice A K Roy also directed the West Bengal governmentto pay compensation to the kin of the dead and the injuredwithin seven days.

The court directed the Joint Forces to find out ifarmed camps existed in the Jangalmahal area and to destroythem if they are found. It also directed the Home Secretary ofthe state to file a report on compliance of its order andprogress of the CID investigation on February four when thematter will be taken up for hearing again.

The court directed that the kin of those, who died inthe firing at Netail village in Lalgarh area allegedly byarmed cadres of the CPI-M, be paid Rs two lakh each. The kinof the seriously injured would get Rs one lakh each and thoseof the injured Rs 50,000.

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