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 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.