In the case of violence in Birbhum district of West Bengal, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday filed a chargesheet in the Rampurhat court of Birbhum district. In this, the CBI alleged that the former president of Trinamool Congress’s (TMC) Rampurhat Community Block-1 unit, Anarul Hussain, had ordered the killings. After this, 10 people were brutally murdered in Bogatui village on 21 March 2022 and the police were also kept away from it.
According to a report in Hindustan Times, the CBI has mentioned this in the 1192-page chargesheet. The charge sheet has been prepared on the basis of eyewitnesses, CCTV footage and statements of two women who died in the Rampurhat Medical College and Hospital burns.
In this case, Anarul Hussain was arrested on 24 March 2022, who is currently in judicial custody. He was charged with murder, arson, rioting with deadly weapons and criminal conspiracy before the CBI took him into custody.
How did Birbhum massacre happen?
On March 21, 2022 at 8:20 am, there was a bombing at Bogtui crossroads on NH-114A, in which Bhadu Shaikh, the deputy head of the TMC-backed Barshal gram panchayat, was killed. According to the chargesheet, Anarul Hussain ordered the attack to take revenge. The CBI has framed charges in two separate offences, but the investigating agency also underlined that the two incidents are linked. Four people are accused in the Bhadu Sheikh murder case, while 18 others including Anarul Hussain are accused in the violence that broke out after Sheikh’s murder.
It is noteworthy that in the violence that took place on the orders of the TMC leader, 10 people died, while a dozen houses were burnt to ashes. The attackers had locked people in their homes, so that they could not save their lives. Taking cognizance of the incident, on 25 March 2022, the Calcutta High Court ordered the CBI to investigate Bhadu Sheikh and the Birbhum violence.
In the chargesheet, the CBI has claimed that a fight broke out between Shaikh and his associates over dubious land deals, fraudulent companies and part of the extortion money, in which he was killed. The chargesheet claimed that Hussain had asked the mob to attack the houses of Sona Shaikh and Fatik Shaikh.
Following his orders, the houses of Sona Shaikh and Fatik Shaikh, residents of Bogatui village, just 150 meters from Rampurhat town, were attacked. There, fuel was transported in an e-rickshaw from a nearby store, the driver of which was detained by the CBI. Families living in at least eight other houses were attacked during this period. But they managed to get out. The 10 victims are members of the families of the three brothers Mihilal, Shekhlal and Banirul Shaikh as well as Sona and Fatik Shaikh.
role of anarul hussain
Anarul Hussain is the person who instructed the attackers to attack in Bogtui village. The CBI has claimed in the chargesheet that Hussain had assured the attackers that the police would not come to the spot for an hour. Whereas, Bogatui village is located less than a kilometer away from the police station. Several witnesses informed the CBI that when they called Hussain for assistance, they told him that he would have to face the consequences of the attack on a TMC leader. According to the chargesheet, Hussain deleted the call logs from his phone to destroy the evidence.
Who is Anarul Hussain
Anarul Hussain is TMC President from Rampurhat Block No. According to India Today, Hussain was associated with the Congress party before joining the TMC. According to a report in TV9 Bangla, Hussain joined the Trinamool Congress in 1998 and served as the party’s block president for over a decade. Known as a ‘skillful organiser’ within the party ranks, he controls the municipal corporation and sand mining business in the Rampurhat area.
According to ABP Anand, Hussain grew up in poverty and worked as a mason. He lived in a kutcha house with his family. His ‘destiny’ changed after 2011. Today he lives in a bungalow in Sandhipur village in Hooghly district. He is also the owner of several houses and cars.