A 20-year-old mystery over the disappearance of theatre artiste Biman Bhattacharya is raising the political heat in West Bengal, barely nine days after the Trinamool Congress walked out of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.
The All India Legal Aid Forum, an NGO, urged the state government on Thursday to order a CID probe into 28-year-old Biman's disappearance on June 9, 1992.
Biman's elder brother, Bidhan Bhattacharya, had blamed Deepa Dasmunsi — now a Congress MP — for his disappearance in his complaint to the police two decades ago.
Deepa, wife of former Union minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, represents Raiganj in North Dinajpur district in the Lok Sabha.
If chief minister and Trinamool head Mamata Banerjee gives the go-ahead to a CID probe, it could trigger cries of a witch-hunt from the Congress, especially when Deepa is said to be in the running for a berth in the Union cabinet.
Bidhan, who believes his brother is dead, alleged the police never followed up on his complaint.
"My brother had to leave this world, paying a price for his acquaintance with Deepa (Dasmunsi)," he said.
Deepa and Biman were artistes in Bohurupee theatre group founded by Bengal's legendary thespian Sombhu Mitra.
Asked about the NGO's demand, Deepa said, "One has the right to ask for an inquiry when a family member goes missing. Let the police investigate."