Skeletons case: CPI(M) leader given bail
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 17:28
Midnapore (WB): Minister in the erstwhile Left Front government Susantha Ghosh, the principal accused in a murder case following the recovery of skeletons from near his ancestral house, was on Tuesday granted conditional bail for a fortnight by a Midnapore court.

Ghosh, the former Paschim Anchal Unnayan Affairs minister, who is the prime accused in the killing of seven Trinamool Congress workers at Piyasala village in 2002, appeared before Chief Judicial Magistrate, Midnapore, Manoj Rai.

Rai set several conditions and allowed Ghosh, who is on anticipatory bail granted by the Calcutta High Court, conditional bail for 15 days.

A huge crowd collected in the court compound when Ghosh was produced and demanded punishment for him, who was later escorted away by the police.

On July 24, Ghosh's close assistant, Debashish Pyne was arrested from the central bus stand here.

Earlier, local CPI(M) leader Gunadhar Rana was arrested by the CID from Anandapur area in the district.

Another CPI(M) local leader Sheikh Saiful, who was already in police custody in an Arms Act case, was arrested.

Seven skeletons were dug up from near Ghosh's ancestral house at Benachapra in the Garbeta police stations limits on June 2.

An FIR was filed against him on June 4 at the Anandpur police station after the son of a Trinamool Congress worker, Shyamal Achaya alleged that he had recognised his father from the clothes on one of the skeletons.

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

He had named Ghosh, besides CPI(M) leaders Imtiaz Ali and Tarun Roy for the death of his father.

The Calcutta High Court had granted conditional bail to the former minister on July 18.


First Published: Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 17:28

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