“Can you see that row of trees? A few years ago, the land beside it was purchased by Kesto Mondal’s men. Several patches of multi-crop land have changed hands in recent years,” Ajijul Sheikh, a small farmer at Nanoor in Bengal’s Birbhum district, says as he wipes his face with a gamchha
For Mondal, the downfall came months after he became the TMC’s only district-level leader to make it to the party’s national working committee without ever contesting an election. TMC insiders said he was rewarded for his loyalty to chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
Anarul Hossain, the former Rampurhat community block-1 unit president of the TMC not only ordered the March 21 massacre at Bogtui village, which claimed 10 lives, but also supervised it while keeping the police away, the CBI has said.