Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Friday ordered a CID probe into the killing of two Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leaders who were beaten to death in Burdwan district.

The division bench of Chief Justice J.N. Patel and Justice Sambuddha Chakrabarti directed CID to submit probe report to the court time to time in the case. The court has also asked the investigative body to submit its preliminary report in the case on March 23.

The Court while hearing three Public Interest Litigations (PILs) seeking for a CBI probe into the incident pulled up the state police for not submitting the autopsy report of the deceased even after 10 days of the murder. After drawing flak, Police faxed the autopsy report to the government counsel who later submitted it in the Court.

However, the report confirms that postmortem was conducted on the same day of the murder. But, prosecution raised questions as to why the report was not produced in the Court on time.

According to analysts, the Court’s decision to hand over the probe to the CID proves that it was not satisfied with the police investigation into the case.

"The court was not satisfied with the way the investigation was being carried out. Only four arrests have been made so far and they have not been interrogated properly. In view of this, the Court ordered a CID probe," Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, one of the litigants said.

The two Marxist leaders, Pradip a former MLA of Devandighi constituency of Burdwan, and Kamal Gayan, a member of District committee were murdered in broad day-light in a clash on Feb 22.