Raiganj, July 20: Two men who were arrested in the Bandar area of the town earlier this week have told police that the local Kargil gang was “recruiting” unemployed youths.
Raiganj police arrested Ujjwal Pal and Mahadeb Biswas on July 17 for allegedly firing at a local youth, Somen Dutta, when he was returning home on his motorcycle after dropping his sister off at school.
Somen is under treatment in a Siliguri nursing home.
The police said Ujjwal had been disturbing Somen’s sister, a Class XI student, for the last four-five months.
Over a month ago, Somen and Ujjwal had a fight over this.
Ujjwal has told the police that after the fight, a member of Kargil gang approached him and told him that Somen could attack him.
Ujjwal was also given an improvised firearm with which he shot Somen on July 13.
The inspector in charge of Raiganj police station, Samir Paul, said while Mahadeb had a criminal record, Ujjwal was a novice.
“We are looking for two more youths who do not have criminal records and have joined the gang recently. On July 4, we had arrested Mahendra Singh, who was carrying a 9mm pistol. He has told the police that Sanjib Ghosh, a member of Kargil gang had given him the firearm recently,” Paul said.
He added that raids were being conducted in the Bandar area and the leaders of both Kargil and Mission Kashmir gangs were behind bars.
“Top leaders of Kargil are trying to lure youths with promise of money and power of being feared they are also arming them to regroup and continue their criminal activities,” Paul said.
North Dinajpur police superintendent, Dipankar Bhattacharya, said: “We are keeping a watch on the situation.”