WEEKS AFTER Trinamool Congress councillor in Kolkata’s Salt Lake area Anindya Chattopadhyay was arrested for his alleged involvement in a syndicate business, now a complaint has been lodged against the deputy mayor of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation for extortion.
In a three-page complaint lodged at the Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate, Asu Jolly Naidu, a resident of Tollygunge, said deputy mayor Tapas Chatterjee and his supporters had been demanding money at regular intervals from her husband Biswajit Naidu after they started construction work of a four-storeyed building on a piece of land purchased in 2006 under Rajarhat Gopalpur Municipality.
According to the complaint, Chatterjee’s followers had also threatened to douse her and her 18-month old child on fire with petrol in the presence of the TMC leader.
Jolly Naidu had previously lodged multiple complaints against Chatterjee for making threat calls and demanding money to the tune of Rs 10 lakh. She said Chatterjee had recently called her husband in the first week of June demanding more money. She sent a copy of the complaint letter to the Chief Minister’s Office as well.
Chatterjee, however, brushed aside all the allegations and said they were unfounded. Bidhannagar Police said they were looking into the matter and no action has been taken yet.