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Puja touts thrash youth

Serampore, Nov. 4: A resident of Satghara Paschimpara under Serampore police station was severely beaten up by members of a local club last night when he refused to pay an exorbitant Kali puja subscription.

Abhijit Halder, 25, was admitted to the Serampore Walsh Hospital in serious condition.

Members of Smriti Sangha demanded a hefty amount from Abhijit’s father, Gobardhan Halder, 50. The Halders, a low middle-class family, could not afford to yield to the demand. The youth had to protest and the result was the merciless thrashing.

“We’ve already arrested six out of the 12 club members involved in the incident. The club had not even obtained the mandatory police approval to organise the puja. The club president is absconding,” said subdivisional police officer Shankhasubhra Chakraborty.

“We will react promptly if we receive any complaint of extortion against puja organisers,” Chakraborty added.

Nine members of the Seoraphuli Uporhata Sarbojonin Shyama Puja organising committee were arrested on November 1 on charges of extortion.

Rights fraud held

A self-styled human rights activist has been arrested by Chinsurah police and charged with theft, attempt to murder and illegal possession of arms, reports our correspondent.

He has been remanded in custody till November 11. Hooghly superintendent of police Ajay Kumar said Jaideep Mukherjee was arrested on the basis of a complaint by neighbour Indranil Roychaudhury.

Mukherjee had raided his neighbour’s residence at Roybazar with associates and shot at him. “He used to identify himself as a member of the state human rights commission but he is not,” Kumar said.

Officer in-charge of Chinsurah police station Sukumar Nandy has recovered an improvised pistol and bunches of slanderous leaflets against Indranil’s father, Aloke Roychaudhury, and a police officer attached to an outpost of the Uttarpara police station, from Jaideep’s house.

He said district police authority had already given Pattanaik permission to file a defamation suit against Jaideep and he had filed the suit at district court several months ago.


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