Midnapore skeleton case: CPI-M leader in police custody

August 11th, 2011 - 10:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Aug 11 (IANS) Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader and former West Bengal minister Sushanta Ghosh was sent to police custody Thursday over the recovery of a skeleton from near his residence in West Midnapore district.

Ghosh, who was minister in the Left Front government for over two decades, has been sent to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) custody for seven days after his anticipatory bail was cancelled by the chief judicial magistrate’s court of West Midnapore.

“The court today (Thursday) cancelled the anticipatory bail of Ghosh. It said there was sufficient material against him and granted a seven-day CID custody,” said public prosecutor Ardhendu Saha.

In June, seven skeletons were recovered near Ghosh’s house 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.

Ghosh was one of the 40 people named in the FIR which claimed that on Sep 22, 2002, Ajay and some other members of the Trinamool Congress were attacked by the 40 armed accused allegedly belonging to the CPI-M.

Seven of the Trinamool Congress members were later 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 at Mallickdanga area.

Two days later, Shyamal Acharya claimed he could identify one of the skeletons as that of his father on the basis of the dress and teeth.

A case was started against the 40 people, including Ghosh, on June 6 on the basis of the FIR.

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