15 cartridges seized from ex-Bengal minister’s house (Lead)

August 13th, 2011 - 11:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Aug 13 (IANS) About 15 cartridge were seized from the house of arrested Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sushanta Ghosh whose questioning yielded information about other politicians’ role in the alleged killing of seven Trinamool Congress activists in West Midnapore district, West Bengal police claimed Saturday.

“While interrogating him (Ghosh), we got something on the involvement of other leaders in the incident. The interrogation is still going on,” said K. Jayaraman, deputy inspector general, criminal investigation department (CID) of state police.

A police source said about 15 cartridges were seized during a search at Ghosh’s residence at Benachapra village of the district.

Ghosh, minister in the Left Front government for two decades and now a lawmaker from Garbeta assembly seat, was sent to seven-day CID custody Thursday after his anticipatory bail was cancelled by the chief judicial magistrate’s court of West Midnapore.

In June, seven skeletons were recovered near Ghosh’s house in West Midnapore district and led to the arrest of two of his aides. Ghosh himself took anticipatory bail after a villager, Shyamal Acharya, filed a police complaint that one of the skeletons was of his father Ajay Acharya.

It was alleged that Sep 22, 2002, Ajay Acharya and some other members of the Trinamool Congress were attacked by 40 armed people allegedly belonging to the CPI-M.

Ghosh was one of the 40 people named in the first information report (FIR) filed after the incident nine years back.

Seven of the Trinamool Congress members were brutally killed, the FIR said.

The victims, including Ajay Acharya, were untraceable since then. On June 4 this year, the skeletons were recovered from near a pond in Mallickdanga area.

Following Ghosh’s arrest, the CID Saturday conducted simultaneous searches at his houses in Chandrakona road and Benachapra in West Midnapore and Minto Park in the city.

“After conducting search operations, we found some incriminating evidence against him. For the sake of investigation we cannot reveal the details,” said Jayaraman.

A 23-member CID team led by an inspector searched the residences.

After Ghosh’s arrest, former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Friday accused the Trinamool Congress of indulging in vendetta politics to falsely implicate CPI-M leaders.

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