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Crime pays in Malda

india Updated: Apr 11, 2011 15:54 IST

Crime pays in Kaliachak and why not since it is close to the India-Bangladesh border. Even political leaders know it and hire goons for dominance in the area.

Once Ainul Haq of Sujapur in Kaliachak used to rule the roost. Ainul dakat was a terror 20 years ago and used to run a parallel administration. Haq specialised in conducting kangaroo courts and imposed fines and conducted hearings. The Marxists tolerated him as he did their biddings in Kaliachak.

But it became official and open when the CPI(M) chose Abdur Rauf as its candidate from Sujapur assembly constituency against Ruby Noor— sister of ABA Gani Khan Chowdhury. Haq was expelled and Rauf filled up the vacuum. The new Marxist darling, a resident of Kashimbazar of Naoda-Jadupur in Kaliachak and a teacher in a madrasa, later became a member of the zilla parishad. His wife Shefali Khatun became the head (sabhadhipati) of zilla parishad in 1998. The next five years were a prosperous time for the family.

Rauf has been accused of all sorts of criminal activities in border areas. He used to operate a smuggling racket. Cases of extortion were also initiated against him. Most troubling for the Marxists, Rauf has been charged for waging war against the state. A Pakistan national and ISI agent had given a statement that Rauf was his accomplice. The case is still on but Rauf has been released on bail.

As the law tightened its noose on Rauf, the ruling party disowned him and after 2005 the former MLA was a nonentity and had to leave the area.

But the law of nature abhors a vacuum, especially in an area governed by crime and illegal activities and new players emerged. A new kid on the block is CPI(M) member of Kaliachak-1 panchayat samiti Asadulla Biswas. Biswas, a zilla parishad and public health engineering contractor, has 20 criminal cases including murder pending against him.

Biswas has company. Tuhur Ali Biswas of Narayanpur is a Congress goon and is in jail for murder. Sohrul Biswas of Sujapur belongs to Trinamool Congress and is based in Malda.

Ketabuddin, CPI(M) member in Malda zilla parishad, is credited for Sohrul’s ouster and is calling the shots in Sujapur. Not surprisingly he is also a accused in many cases.