Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday said allegations of extortion threats by Trinamool leaders to officials of Shyam SEL plant at Jamuria in Burdwan, was actually an “attempt to grab land by somebody” in the area and that the government has initiated an inquiry into the matter.
She also termed it a “small incident” even as the TMC leadership Saturday suspended two party leaders of Burdwan-Asansol industrial area for allegedly being involved in the extortion bid.
The industrial group recently complained of threats and extortion demands by miscreants allegedly affiliated to the TMC.
The group approached the office of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Industries Minister Amit Mitra and Labour Minister Moloy Ghatak with complaints.
Besides, the group filed a police complaint with Jamuria police station, though no police action has been taken yet. The complaint filed at a local police referred “life threat” to the senior officials, ransom demands, and “creating nuisance” at the plant premises.
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Banerjee, who was on a three-day administrative tour to north Bengal, returned to city Saturday and said, “The incident regarding Shyam SEL is a small incident. Certain information in the media are not fully true. I have come to know there was an attempt to grab government land in the area. You cannot grab government land, it’s illegal. We have already started an inquiry and will wait till I receive the report.”
Mamata added if the TMC leaders had threatened the company officials, they would not be spared.
“Our government is transparent and we will never spare the culprits,” she said.
Meanwhile, a two-member committee, formed by the party leadership after the steel company’s complaint, visited the area and spoke to company officials and trade union leaders.
The committee submitted a report to TMC general secretary Mukul Roy following which two leaders were suspended.
Roy said, “We have suspended TMC leaders Alok Das and Chanchal Banerjee. They will remain suspended until the inquiry ends. If they can prove their innocence, they would be reinducted in the party.”