Keshpur case: Bengal CID for custody of CPM leader
The West Bengal police CID on Tuesday submitted a DNA matching report in the Keshpur massacre case in Midnapore court and sought custody of CPI(M) leader and former minister Sushanta Ghosh. Koushik Dutta reports.india Updated: Aug 09, 2011 23:14 IST
The West Bengal police CID on Tuesday submitted a DNA matching report in the Keshpur massacre case in Midnapore court and sought custody of CPI(M) leader and former minister Sushanta Ghosh.
The criminal investigation department (CID) contended the report strengthened the case against Ghosh, who was a minister in the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee cabinet.
The Central Forensic Science Laboratory, after a DNA matching exercise, has been able to conclude that two of the five skeletons found behind Ghosh’s Garbeta residence on June 5 are of Trinamool Congress supporters.
The Trinamool has alleged CPI(M) activists murdered five of its supporters at Ranior-Khetua in Keshpur, about 150 km west of Kolkata, on September 22, 2002. The Trinamool has also alleged the skeletons found behind Ghosh’s residence are of these supporters. The CID lawyer, Rajdeep Majumder, said: “We cannot disclose the names of those whose identity has been established. We can only say that the report is in our favour.”
The CID opposed the anticipatory bail plea of Ghosh. However, the court extended the bail by three days and fixed the next hearing on August 11.
Ghosh, an MLA from Garbeta in West Midnapore, has been on bail since July 18 following the CID’s failure to produce evidence that the skeletons were of the people allegedly murdered by CPI(M) activists nine years ago.
Ghosh’s lawyer Dasharathi Nanda said, “On the next day (August 11), we will oppose the CID’s prayer. The DNA report may say whose body was there, but it does not mean the persons were killed by my client.”
The CID has so far arrested four persons in the case.