Agartala: West Bengal CPI-M leader Sushanta
Ghosh, being sought by the police since the unearthing of
several skeletons from near his ancestral house at Garbeta in
West Midnapore district, is taking shelter in Tripura.
This has been claimed by Leader of the Opposition in
Tripura and Congress MLA Ratan Lal Nath in a letter to West
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Besides Ghosh, a former minister and many CPI-M harmads
(armed cadres) had also sought refuge in this Left Front-ruled
state after the Left debacle in the assembly polls in West
Bengal, Nath claimed.
"On the basis of information available to me, I wrote to
Mamata Banerjee that many CPI-M harmads from West Bengal
charged with rape and murder have taken shelter in Tripura
with indulgence from the ruling CPI-M. Former CPI-M Minister
Sushanta Ghosh has also taken shelter here," he told PTI
"Ghosh is not attending assembly session in West Bengal
and is not available in his locality during the past one and
half months," the letter said.
The letter dated June 30 asked Banerjee to initiate
action to investigate the matter.
He said he had written the letter to Banerjee after the
administration in Tripura did not heed his warning that
absconding CPI-M leaders and workers would slip into the state
through the airport and railway stations after the Left
debacle in the West Bengal assembly polls.
"I cannot turn a blind eye in such situation. So I
alerted Banerjee to initiate action from Bengal to arrest them
because we do not want any trouble in our state," he said.
When contacted, CPI-M spokesman and member of state
secretariat Gautam Das said the charges mentioned in the
letter were "baseless, irresponsible and fictitious".
"No CPI-M activist or leader fled to Tripura after
Trinamool Congress came to power in West Bengal. Sushanta
Ghosh is very much in West Bengal," Das asserted.
An FIR was lodged against Ghosh by the son of a missing
Trinamool Congress worker alleging that he and two other CPI-M
workers were responsible for the death of his father, who went
missing since September 22, 2002 after he was abducted
allegedly by CPI-M cadres.
The youth had also claimed that one of the skeletons
was that of his father`s.
Skeletons, skulls and bones dug up on June 4 from near
Ghosh`s residence could be that of five to six persons and
West Bengal CID is probing the case.