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Kolkata: Netaji Subhas Bose grandnephew gets extortion threats, 6 held

The ‘syndicate raj’ is thriving in the state for long under political patronize

india Updated: Jul 04, 2017 12:29 IST
Trinamool Congress MP and grandnephew of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Sugato Bose with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee
Trinamool Congress MP and grandnephew of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Sugato Bose with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee (HT FIle Photo )

Trinamool Congress MP and grandnephew of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Sugato Bose and his octogenarian mother Krishna Bose have been threatened by extortionists linked to construction syndicates, a growing menace the state is grappling with.

Police said a group of youths stormed into Bose’s residence on 90, Sarat Bose Road, a landmark in Kolkata, on Monday afternoon and demanded money from the mother and son duo for not procuring construction materials for the renovation of their house from the syndicate.

Based on Bose’s complaint, police arrested six persons. Incidentally, they live close to Bose’s residence.

Sugato Bose is a reputed historian, and his mother Krishna Bose, is a former MP.

“It was a small incident. But it has left me wondering if this is the state of affairs where even a family of an MP is not spared, what is happening to ordinary citizens?” Sugato Bose, 61, told a section of the media.

The ‘syndicate raj’ is thriving in the state for long under political patronize. The ‘syndicate’ is an extortion racket runs by unemployed men backed by the ruling party. They use the clout and the threat of violence to force contractors into buying inferior building materials from them at a premium.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been repeatedly cautioning her party men to stay away from syndicates but to no avail as many top guns of the ruling TMC are often associated with these syndicates.

The activities of these syndicates have flourished to such an extent that after the collapse of a section of the under-construction flyover on Vivekananda Road on March 31 last year killing 27 persons, it was found that some of the building materials were supplied by one such syndicate run by a brother of a former Trinnamool MLA.

Wife of one of the arrested persons in connection with the Monday’s incident too claimed that her husband is a Trinamool supporter.

“My husband is a Trinamool supporter. He deals in building materials like bricks and sand. Local Trinamool leaders encourage him to carry on the business,” said Rupali Mondal, the wife of Raju Mondal, one of the arrestees.

Police have slapped IPC sections 385 (extortion), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 448 (trespass) against the youths.