IPS officer Nazrul Islam, whose book earned the ire of the police on Friday for criticising the state government's policy on minorities, had stirred a hornet's nest in mid-July by writing to the home secretary on how chit funds, close to the ruling party, were duping Bengal's gullible.
"The administration is duty-bound to protect the interest of these unsuspecting poor people," Islam had written.
The letter written on July 13 mentioned how three chit funds — two from Domkal, Jalangi (Murshidabad) and one from South 24 Parganas — had vanished after raising crores from the public.
It further warned about three other prominent funds, regarded as close to the ruling party, currently operating in West Bengal.
The flip side of the controversy was that the sales figures of Islam's book, Musalmander Karoniyo (What the Muslims Should Do), went up by 40%.
"We sold 240 books on Monday. Many buyers even had to return without a copy," said Indrani Roy Mitra of Mitra and Ghosh publishers.
Incidentally, before Islam, Trinamool Congress MP Somen Mitra and Congress MP Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking action against the chit funds. Choudhury had even alleged the Trinamool Congress was getting financial benefits from these chit funds and demanded a CBI investigation.