CID ascertaining the role of Sushanta in Nandigram
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Last Updated: Friday, August 12, 2011, 23:04
Kolkata: The CID said on Friday that they are trying to ascertain whether CPI(M) leader and former West Bengal minister Sushanta Ghosh, arrested in connection with murder of several TMC supporters, had played any role in Nandigram incident in 2007.

CPI(M) leaders Tapan Ghosh and Sukur Ali, who were wanted by the CBI for the Chhoto Angria massacre of January 4, 2001 and arrested from Nandigram in November 11, 2007, were very close to Ghosh, CID officials said today.

"We are therefore trying to ascertain whether Ghosh played any role in Nandigram," they said.

The CID was also thinking of interrogating Ghosh and his confidential assistant, Debashish Pyne, who was arrested from the central bus stand in Midnapore town on July 24, face to face, DG (CID), VV Thambi told reporters.

"There are 40 names in the FIR list and 25 of them have direct involvement. We are thinking of interrogating Ghosh and Pyne face to face," he said.

"He is fully cooperating. We are closely observing his answers which will be verified later," the DG (CID) said.

He said a ten-member team has been formed to interrogate Ghosh. The team has been divided into smaller ones headed by DSP-level officers.

However, he declined to give any more details.

Ghosh was arrested yesterday following rejection of his anticipatory bail by a Midnapore court after a report by the CID that the DNA of two out of seven skeletons dug up from near his ancestral residence matched those of two missing Trinamool Congress supporters, Ajoy Acharya and Raju Sinha.

The skeletons were dug up at Benachapra village in the Garbeta police station area in West Midnapore district on June 2.

An FIR had been filed against the former minister on June 4 at the Anandpur police station after Ajoy Acharya's son claimed that he had recognised his father from the clothes on one of the skeletons.

He alleged that his father was among seven Trinamool Congress workers who were abducted by CPI(M) cadre after a meeting at Piyasala village in 2002. The seven have been missing since then.


First Published: Friday, August 12, 2011, 23:04

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