CBI arrests 6 people in connection with Netai massacre in West Bengal

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested six people from different areas of Lalgarh in connection with the January 7 Netai massacre in West Bengal, police said today.

The accused will be produced before the Jhargram sub-divisional court later in the day.

The CBI also revealed that more details had emerged during the interrogation of those arrested. The sources said that their grilling had shown that, like the Netai and Birkaner armed camps, there was another such camp at Sijua in Lalgarh and the inmates of the camps were provided a weekly payment of Rs 300.

The six arrested yesterday will undergo a Test Identification Parade in front of Netai villagers today, Superintendent of Police M K Verma said.

On January 7, nine villagers were gunned down allegedly by armed miscreants in the Netai village near Lalgarh in the West Midnapore district.

The Calcutta High Court in February had ordered a CBI probe into the massacre after expressing "utter dissatisfaction" over the progress of the CID investigation.

Meanwhile, four of the accused, who were arrested on March 13 in this connection, were produced before the Jhargram court yesterday and remanded in five-day jail custody yesterday.

With yesterday's arrest, the total number of those arrested in the Netai carnage has gone up to ten.


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