Midnapore: Skeleton case trial begins
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 14, 2012, 00:01
Midnapore: The trial of 20 accused including West Bengal's former minister and MLA Sushanta Ghosh for alleged abduction and murder of five Trinamool Congress workers began here on Friday.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Kallol Das initiated the trial and committed it to the district judge here.

A total of 58 persons were made accused in the case, but 20 persons have so far been arrested. Properties of the all absconding accused were attached.

All the accused were charged with abduction, murder, criminal intimidation, tampering of evidence and possession of illegal arms among others.

Five skeletons were dug up from a pit near Ghosh's ancestral house at Benachapra village in West Midnapore district in June last. Ghosh was arrested by CID on August 11 and the chargesheet was filed on September 23.

According to the charge sheet, five Trinamool Congress workers were killed by the accused on September 22, 2002 at Piyasala village and buried at Benachapra.

DNA tests confirmed two skeletons of two missing Trinamool workers Ajay Acharya and Swapan Singh alias Raju. No DNA test could be conducted on other skeletons because of degeneration of bone marrow, police said.


First Published: Saturday, January 14, 2012, 00:01

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