On the run for the last four months, former CPM MP Laxman Seth was finally arrested near Mumbai on Saturday.
The uncrowned king of the industrial zone of Haldia in West Bengal and his party colleagues Ashok Guria and Amiyo Sahu were rounded up from a guesthouse of a drug manufacturing company in Chembur.
The four-time MP from Tamluk in East Midnapore is wanted in a case of abduction and murder of seven persons in Nandigram on November 9-10, 2007.
Seth and 87 others are accused of abduction and murder during an attack on a peace rally by Bhumi Uchhed Pratirodh Committee (BUPC).
The BUPC had launched a movement in January 2007 against land acquisition in Nandigram by the Left Front government for setting up a chemical hub and SEZ, forcing former CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to shelve the project.
The Nandigram movement was considered a turning point in Bengal politics in favour of Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress.
“We have arrested Seth and two other CPM leaders. After taking them in transit remand, we would produce them before the Haldia court, where we had submitted the chargesheet,” said K Joyraman, DIG (CID).
Saturday’s arrests have taken the number to 18 of the 88 names in the chargesheet.
Seth, however, attracted punishment earlier from his party when he was removed from the state committee in February.
The CID also plans to interrogate officials of the pharmaceutical company.
who is Laxman Seth?
He is a 4-time CPM MP from Tamluk in East Midnapore
Seth is wanted in a case of abduction and murder of seven persons in Nandigram on November 9-10, 2007.
He spearheaded the party’s recapture of Nandigram from the Bhumi Uchhed Pratirodh Committee