Criminal Investigation Department (CID) sleuths on Monday arrested four more persons in the nine-year-old murder case in which CPM MLA Susanta Ghosh has been nabbed.
The CID arrested Ghosh on August 9 after the chief judicial magistrate (West Midnapore) rejected his anticipatory bail application.
Seven skeletons have been exhumed from behind his house in West Midnapore, and this aroused the suspicion that Ghosh, a minister in the governments of the late Jyoti Basu and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, was involved in the murder of seven Trinamool activists in 2002.
Earlier, FIRs were filed against the former minister as well as the four others on
June 4 at the Anandpur police station after missing Trinamool Congress worker Ajoy Acharya’s son claimed he had recognised his father from the clothes found on one of the skeletons.
Acharya’s son alleged his father was among the seven Trinamool Congress workers abducted by CPM workers in 2002. On Saturday during interrogation by the CID, Ghosh, 52, complained of illness and was taken to the SSKM hospital, where he has been kept under close observation. His condition has been stated to be stable and he may be released from hospital on Tuesday.
On the other hand, the CID has initiated fresh cases against Ghosh and his brother Prasanta. The sleuths recovered a wireless transmitter from the house of Susanta Ghosh and bullets from his brother’s room on Saturday.
CID deputy inspector general (operations) K Jayaraman said: “We have initiated a fresh case against Ghosh for keeping and using a powerful wireless transmitter without permission.”
(With inputs from HT Kolkata)