TRINAMOOL Congress councillor Sambhu Nath Kow accused of killing his party colleague Adhir Maiti in Dhapa in eastern Kolkata on Wednesday remains at large. Police,which failed to arrest him,have till now arrested only one person.
We have been carrying out raids at places in Tangra,Dhakuria and Kasba,wherever we had reasons to believe that he could be hiding, said a senior police officer of Pragati Maidan police station.
The area remained tensed with heavy deployment of police in the area and most of the shops remaining closed. Family members of Maiti complained that police have not kept them informed about the progress of the investigation. We have no idea what the police are doing,but so far there has been no fresh arrest. Police never communicated with us since yesterday, said Shanti Bag,Maitis son-in-law.
Meanwhile,Trinamool leaders in the area are blaming the Officer in charge of Pragati Maidan,Indranil Chowdhury. Local leaders said Chowdhury was equally responsible for the incident as he knew of Kows plan but did not act against him. After INTTUC leader Dola Sen,who visited the spot on Thursday,was told by local Trinamool leaders about the alleged link between the councillor and the OC,she told them that a complaint should be filed against the OC too. Put in complaint against the OC to the police commissioner, she told the party workers of the area.
We had informed the OC the day before that Kow would encroach upon the land with his musclemen,but the OC did not take any action, said Mohan Lal Jana,Trinamool leader and former president of the ward.
Sources in the Trinamool said it would work two ways. One it will hold up the partys image as not sparing even the police for not doing the duty and secondly it would shift the focus away from the party councillor after all the media glare on him. People will lose a lot of faith in the party if this continues, said a local Trinamool leader.
Rajendra Rai,one of the residents of a hutment on the disputed land,also blamed the OC. I had gone to the OC on Wednesday morning to put in a complaint about chances of Kows men attacking him. The OC said there was no need to give a written complaint. When they come,just give me a call,I will be there. But he never showed up, he said.
On condition of anonymity,Trinamool leaders said that most of the constructions in the area are unauthorised. No mutation has been done,and so all the constructions here were technically unauthorised, a party worker said. Kow as councillor gave illegal clearance to these buildings and used to tell us that these are middle-class people who are putting up a shelter for themselves. What we didnt know that he used to charge Rs 100 per sq ft for each such construction and a part of the money went to the OC as well, the Trinamool worker said and added that they had complained to Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee,but he never took any action. We had also told him that the KMC,in the process,was losing out on a lot of revenue but he never paid any heed, the source added.
Mayor Sovan Chatterjee,however,said he was never informed about such thing. Whenever we get any intimation of any illegal construction,we take immediate steps, the Mayor added.
The OC against whom several fresh allegations have surfaces rubbished all the charges. Chowdhury refused to comment any further.