They took impersonation to a whole new level. Five men used fictitious names and addresses to serve jail terms for local CPI(M) leaders in West Bengal’s Burdwan district, 100 km west of Kolkata.
The truth came out after an inquiry by a sub divisional officer (SDO) on the directions of the chief judicial magistrate of Burdwan district court.
“I found that the people who were inside the jail were imposters and not the ones against whom the case was going on,” said SDO Bidhan Roy.
The five who were actually supposed to serve the terms are Madan Khetrapal, CPI(M) zila parishad member from Memari, Burdwan and local party leaders Sanjoy Singh, Nirmal Majumdar, Debasish Roy and Ajoy Bhumji.
The party members, who had been booked on charges of looting and arson, now have to surrender before the court.
The incident has created ripples in the administration.“The imposters seemed to come from very poor families,” said an administration official. “It looks like that they agreed to serve for someone else for money.”
District CPI(M) secretary Amal Haldar refused to comment on the matter.