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CPM MLA’s bail plea rejected

Calcutta, Sept. 13: A Calcutta High Court division bench today rejected the anticipatory bail petition moved by Nazmul Haque, CPM MLA from Kharagpur in West Midnapore, who is apprehending arrest in connection with a case of keeping arms and ammunition inside a party office.

On May 18 this year, villagers led by local Trinamul Congress leaders gheraoed the CPM office in Sultanpur, about 20km from Kharagpur. They then asked police to raid the party office because, they claimed, arms and ammunition had been kept inside.

The police found two improvised revolvers and 18 cartridges and some bombs from the office.

Although Nazmul Haque and three others had managed to escape, 10 CPM activists were arrested.

Haque’s lawyer today said eight of those arrested in this case had already been granted bail. “My client is an MLA and will not escape if the anticipatory bail is granted,” lawyer Sudipta Maitra said.

“The three others who, according to the police, escaped along with my client on that day had surrendered and a Kharagpur court had granted them bail,” he added.

Government lawyer Samrat Das opposed the anticipatory bail prayer and said: “Being an MLA, he was not supposed to get involved in any illegal activity. I am sure that he was very much aware of the fact that arms and ammunition had been stocked in the party office.”

The MLA had been absconding for the past four months, Das said. “Why did he not surrender before the police?”

The division bench comprising Justices A.K. Talukdar and Raghunath Roy rejected Nazmul’s bail plea.

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