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Kolkata: Calcutta High Court today directed the police to hand over the dead bodies of a CPI-M worker and his wife to his son four days since the couple died.

CPI-M worker Debu Das and his wife Usha Das were charred to death in sleep at their residence at Namkhana in South 24-Parganas ahead of the Panchayat poll on 14 May. Their son Dipankar Das alleged that his parents were burned by Trinamool cadres because they refused to desert the CPI-M.

Ever since the death of the couple, police retrieved their dead bodies and sent for post-mortem to Kolkata on 14 May itself. Police allegedly held back the dead bodies as CPI-M was planning a protest rally with the corpses.

Police, meanwhile, secretly transferred the dead bodies from the morgue in Kolkata to the morgue attached to Diamond Harbour District Hospital but did not inform the bereaved family.

Failing to get the corpses of his parents for the last rites, Dipankar moved the Calcutta High Court yesterday. He also prayed for a CBI probe into their death.

Justice Topobrata Chakraborty of the High Court took up the matter today and directed the police to hand over the dead bodies of the couple to their son by 6 pm today. The judge also asked the police to ensure that the son faces no hurdles in cremating the dead bodies of his parents.

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