CPM men part of wide gun running racket?
Sophisticated arms were smuggled from Nepal and Bangladesh to execute the killings in Netai, West Midnapore, on January 7 and the nine-year-old incident in which CPI(M) MLA Susanta Ghosh is allegedly involved, say investigators. Ravik Bhattacharya reports.kolkata Updated: Aug 14, 2011 23:15 IST
Sophisticated arms were smuggled from Nepal and Bangladesh to execute the killings in Netai, West Midnapore, on January 7 and the nine-year-old incident in which CPI(M) MLA Susanta Ghosh is allegedly involved, say investigators.
Seven skeletons have been exhumed from behind his house in West Midnapore, and this aroused the suspicion that Ghosh, a minister in the governments of the late Jyoti Basu and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, was involved in the murder of seven Trinamool activists in 2002.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is preparing to arrest “more important CPI(M) leaders” (apart from Ghosh, who has been arrested) in connection with this.
Meanwhile, during his interrogation before CID investigators, Ghosh reportedly pointed fingers at top officers of the state police for encouraging CPI(M) workers to build armed resistance against Maoists.
“This skeleton case is taking a larger shape and running into an arms trail. Sophisticated automatic and semi-automatic weapons like AK 47 had come into West Bengal from Nepal and through the north Bengal route from Chittagong in Bangladesh. Our investigation is also leading out of the state,” said VV Thambi, director general, CID.
He stated arms had also been brought from Bihar and Jharkhand.
“Bihar and Jharkhand supplied arms which were not so sophisticated as those coming from Bangladesh and Nepal.”
“We are not depending only on Ghosh. He is just one of the many. There are other very important people, most of them CPI(M) leaders, who are involved in this. We are trying to arrest them and much will be revealed after that,” Thambi said.
CID sources also said “the skeleton case” had provided links to stockpiles of sophisticated arms and ammunition in West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia, allegedly done by CPI(M) leaders.
On January 7, 2011, armed thugs patronised by the CPI(M) fired on defenceless people in Netai, West Midnapore, from within a building, killing nine persons.
CID sleuths are trying to locate arms dumps in Garbeta-Keshpur, west of Kolkata.
“We have information that there are a number of arms dumps. We are trying to locate these stockpiles in the Garbeta-Keshpur area. In a few more days we will get specific information regarding the location of these stockpiles,” Thambi said.
First Published: Aug 14, 2011 23:13 IST