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44 convicted in Suchpur massacre case

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KOLKATA: A court in Suri in West Bengal's Birbhum district on Wednesday convicted 44 people in connection with the killing of 11 persons in a carnage at Suchpur village in the Nanur thana area in July 2000.

The murders had raised a political storm with the Trinamool Congress alleging that the victims were workers of the party and their assailants were activists of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

Sentencing today

The court will pronounce the sentence for those convicted on Thursday. Twenty-three persons among those charge-sheeted were acquitted.

A lesson to CPI(M), says Mamata

Hailing the court's ruling, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said in New Delhi that it would serve as a lesson to the CPI(M) to desist from political violence.

The CPI(M), she alleged, had tried to pass off the killings as a result of a land dispute and the victims as dacoits.

“I am grateful to the court that at long last the poor and minorities of Nanur have seen the first light of justice,” she said.

The verdict was also a part of the realisation of the dream of the people for change in the State, Ms. Banerjee said, even as she accused a section of the administration of being partial towards the ruling party.

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