Congress candidate from Kakdwip constituency of South-24 Parganas district in the Assembly polls, Rafiquddin Mollah, was arrested late Tuesday night from Diamond Harbour for allegedly being involved in the murder of Trinamool Congress leader Abdul Jehel Mollah. He was produced at the local court on Wednesday which sent him in six days’ police custody.
On March 23, Jehel (76), a TMC block president, was returning home from a meeting with the party’s Kakdwip candidate Manturam Pakhira when bombs were hurled at him, and he was shot at. He later succumbed to his injuries. Family members alleged that he was attacked by CPM and Congress supporters, and named 17 in the complaint, including Rafiquddin, who could not get anticipatory bail. They also demanded a CBI probe into the matter as they did not trust the Bengal police.
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Alleging foul play, state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury claimed that many of their leaders are being framed in false cases because they had dared to contest the elections against the TMC and had emerged victorious in many places. “It is a part of the vindictive policy of the state government which is prevalent at the moment. They want a one-sided rule, and are framing senior leaders such as Rafiquddin and even Manas Bhunia. I have written to Chief Minster Mamata Banerjee requesting her to look into it, and ensure that this stops,” Chowdhury said
He added that the party would raise these issues during the next Assembly session and if needed, party workers will hit the streets in movements against these state atrocities.
Meanwhile, Mollah told reporters on the court premises that he was arrested “to fulfill a political vendetta”, and demanded a CBI inquiry into the killing.