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MLA aspirant arrested

Behrampore, Nov. 25: Police here picked up a man who had fought the last Assembly election for the Party for Democratic Socialism on charges of duping unemployed youths to the tune of Rs 1 crore.

Abdul Aziz had allegedly promised to secure the young men jobs in two institutions that he said would come up. He had fought the last election from Murshidabad’s Kandi constituency, which was reatained by Atish Sinha of the Congress.

“We had been getting complaints for some time that Aziz was duping youths,” said district superintendent of police Birendra. He added that complaints were pouring since the arrest and the money he allegedly cheated could well be more than Rs 80 lakh.

District secretary of the PDS — a party formed by breakaway CPM leaders — Ashis Roy Chowdhury claimed that Aziz had been expelled from the party.

Police said three years ago, Aziz had managed to bring down the Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid and made him lay the foundation stones for the “Nawab Siraj-ud-daulah Medical and Engineering College” at Kandi and the “Syed Ahmed Bukhari Primary and High Madarsa” at Raninagar village in the Behrampore police station area.

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