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Chidambaram briefs Prime Minister on Forbesganj killings

By Md. Ali, TwoCircles.net,

New Delhi: The PM in waiting, Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Forbesganj worked after all. In an important development today, the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said that he had briefed PM Manmohan Singh about the investigations going on in the Forbesganj killing. Rahul had visited Forbesganj on July 1 where he met victims of the police firing and assured them of justice.

This is probably first time ever after more than a month that the Home Minister spoke on the issue showing the keenness with which the central government was keeping a close watch over the ongoing investigation in the killing.

P Chidambaram

Chidambaram however didn’t disclose the details of his briefing. According to reports this was not a formal briefing but Chidambaram chose to orally brief the PM about the “Forbesganj killing.”

Talking about the ongoing judicial enquiry by the state government into the killings, the Home Minister chose to remain mum when asked whether the central government was satisfied with the enquiry. He also mentioned the demands for CBI enquiry in the incident made by several quarters.

It’s not only the Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) but several other political parties which have shown their dissatisfaction with the ongoing judicial enquiry ordered by the state government into the killings. Thus they have demanded for CBI enquiry.

Several political representatives including Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) Supremo Ram Vilas Paswan have met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking for a CBI enquiry into the Forbesganj police firing.

On June 3, villagers of Rampur and Bhajanpur under Forbesganj block in Araria district came out, after Friday Prayer and protested against blockade of the connecting road between the two villages for a factory. The police not only opened fire at them but chased them to their homes and killed four people including a pregnant woman and a seven-month-old infant.