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Tutor convicted of dacoity

A private tutor in his early 30s has been sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment for his involvement in at least six dacoities across the city.

Ashoke Kumar Singh, who lived and took classes in a rented room in Dum Dum, used to chalk out the plan for every dacoity and supply firearms to the gang.

“After every operation the dacoits would give back the arms to Ashoke, who would keep them hidden in the room where he lived. No one would suspect him because he was popular in the area as a private tutor,” said P. K. Saha, the additional officer-in-charge in the detective department’s anti-dacoity wing.

The sleuths came across the tutor’s name while probing a complaint of dacoity lodged by the owner of a jewellery shop in Entally in April 2008.

“An accused named Sheikh Aslam, whom we picked up from the Chitpur area, revealed Ashoke’s involvement with a gang that had looted at least six jewellery shops across the city. Ashoke was arrested and five firearms seized,” said an officer.

After a four-year trial, the additional sessions judge of the fast-track court in Sealdah had on Saturday sentenced Ashoke and seven others to seven years’ imprisonment.

Man killed: Samar Chain, a Trinamul Congress supporter who was out on bail in an extortion case, was killed in front of his house in Hooghly’s Rishra on Sunday evening.