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Vedic Village violence: main accused sent to police custody

A West Bengal court remanded Gaffar Mollah, the prime accused in the violence at the Vedic Village resort near Kolkata last month, to police custody for seven days, police sources said.

kolkata Updated: Sep 09, 2009 22:03 IST

A West Bengal court on Wednesday remanded Gaffar Mollah, the prime accused in the violence at the Vedic Village resort near here last month, to police custody for seven days, police sources said.

Barasat Chief Judicial Magistrate Sumitra Roy sent Mollah to police custody for his alleged role in the violence that killed one person.

Gaffar and his five associates - Mintu, Lakshman, Natabar, Ismail Gaji and driver Hari - were arrested from Belbadhi village of Bankura district on Tuesday.

According to sources, police found Rs 90 lakh in Mollah's bank account. He has reportedly told the police that he spent around Rs 100,000 in the last 15 days while he was on the run.

Gaffar was on the run since Aug 23, when a violent clash over a football match in the northeastern fringes of the city snowballed into a major controversy regarding forcible acquisition of land. The issue rocked the state's political landscape, forcing the state government to cancel two IT township projects involving giants Infosys and Wipro.

Incensed over their team losing a football match at Rajarhat, Gaffar and his associates allegedly killed one person and then took shelter inside the Vedic Village - a medical spa and resort. Enraged locals then attacked and set parts of the resort afire.

The incident led to revelations that the Vedic Village's holding company Vedic Realty - a real estate player - was involved in grabbing land forcibly in the area with the help of Gaffar and his group.