Three cops suspended in skeletons recovery case

Kolkata: Three police officers were on Wednesday suspended for their alleged dereliction of duties while inquiring into the killing of five Trinamool Congress supporters at Keshpur in West Midnapore district in 2002.

The decision was taken on the basis of a report submitted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which is probing the June 2010 skeletons recovery case in Benachapara, police sources said.

Following the recovery of seven skeletons from Benachapra on June 4, one Shyamal Acharya lodged a complaint with the police claiming that one of the skeletons was of his father Ajay Acharya who was killed in September 2002.

Forensic tests confirmed the skeleton was of Ajay Acharya and the case was handed over to the CID. In its report, the CID had accused Mrinal Kanti Mazumdar, Mahakash Chowdhury and Debasis Roy, all of whom have been suspended, the sources said.

According to the CID sources, Mazumdar was the then Deputy Superintendent of Police in Midnapore while Chowdhury was the Officer-in-Charge of Chandrakona outpost, the nearest police outpost at the spot and Roy was then Officer-in-Charge of Keshpur where the Trinamool people were killed.

Mazumdar is now posted as an Additional SP in Murshidabad, Chowdhury in the Enforcement Branch in South Dinajpur and Roy as the Circle Inspector of Contai in East Midnapore district.

The CID sources also hinted that more officers, including an IPS, is also under the scanner as they were then posted in Midnapore and their role was not satisfactory in CID report.