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More politicians involved in Midnapore skeleton case: Cops

kolkata Updated: Aug 13, 2011 21:06 IST

Interrogation of former Marxist minister Sushanta Ghosh, now under arrest, has yielded information about other politicians' involvement in the alleged killing of seven Trinamool Congress activists in West Midnapore district, West bengal Police claimed on Saturday.

"While interrogating him (Ghosh), we got something on the involvement of other leaders in the incident. The interrogation is still going on," said K Jayaraman, deputy inspector general, criminal investigation department (CID) of state police.

Ghosh, minister in the Left Front government for two decades and now a lawmaker from Garbeta assembly seat, was sent to seven-day CID custody on Thursday after his anticipatory bail plea was cancelled by a court in West Midnapore.

In June, seven skeletons were recovered near Ghosh's house in the district and led to the arrest of two of his aides. Ghosh himself took anticipatory bail after a villager, Shyamal Acharya, filed a police complaint that one of the skeletons was of his father Ajay Acharya.

It was alleged that Sep 22, 2002, Ajay Acharya and some other members of the Trinamool Congress were attacked by 40 armed people allegedly belonging to the CPI-M.

Ghosh was one of the 40 people named in the first information report (FIR) filed after the incident.

Seven of the Trinamool Congress members were brutally killed, the FIR said.

The victims, including Ajay Acharya, were untraceable since then. On June 4 this year, the skeletons were recovered from near a pond in Mallickdanga area, close to Ghosh's residence.

Following his arrest, the CID Saturday conducted simultaneous search operation at Ghosh's residences in Chandrakona road and Benachapra in West Midnapore and Minto Park in the city.

"After conducting search operations, we found some incriminating evidence against him. For the sake of investigation we cannot reveal the details," said Jayaraman.

After Ghosh's arrest, former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Friday accused the ruling Trinamool Congress of indulging in vendetta politics and falsely implicating CPI-M leaders.