CBI releases sketches of four linked to Tapasi killing


Kolkata : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Wednesday released sketches of four people allegedly involved in the killing of Singur girl Tapasi Malik whose charred body was found on Dec 18 inside the Tata Motors small car project area.

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The sketches were made on the basis of interrogation of Debu Malik, a Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) worker who was arrested in June for his alleged role in the murder of the 18-year-old who was in the forefront of the anti-land acquisition movement.

Malik was in charge of the night guards of the project in Singur, about 40 km from here in Hooghly district.

CBI officials said anyone providing information on the four would be rewarded with Rs.100,000.

Officials said the sketches would be distributed across the Indian police stations.

Of the four people, two were non-Bengalis, CBI sources said.

A West Bengal court Saturday had remanded Malik, the prime accused in Tapasi Malik's rape and murder case, in judicial custody for a fortnight.

The CBI also arrested CPI-M Singur zonal committee secretary Suhrid Dutta in connection with the case. His arrest triggered angry reactions from the CPI-M with even communist patriarch Jyoti Basu commenting that the CBI was traditionally against the leftists.

Dutta is now in jail custody and would be produced again in the court Thursday.

Tapasi Malik was an active member of the movement protesting land acquisition for Tata Motor's small car factory.

She was allegedly raped and murdered. Her charred body was found inside the fenced-off area of the project site on Dec 18 last year.

Around 997 acres in Singur have been chosen by Tata Motors for its small car project. The issue has triggered a violent face-off between the government and farmers led by civil society groups and parties like the Trinamool Congress.