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Sushanta brother arrested in Puri

Sept. 7: Prasanta Ghosh, an accused in the Keshpur multiple-murder case along with brother and CPM leader Sushanta Ghosh, was arrested from a Puri hotel today.

CPM worker Prasanta, 40, had been absconding since June last year after skeletons were found 1km from his home in West Midnapore’s Benachapra.

Police had found 16 bullets in the brothers’ ancestral home after the skeletons were unearthed.

The police said Prasanta tried to escape when he saw a team arrive at the hotel. The policemen, who had gone on a routine check, arrested him. It emerged during interrogation that he was Prasanta. He had been staying at the hotel since Wednesday.

“We contacted Anandapur police station in Bengal and were informed that Prasanta Ghosh had a criminal case against him. He was absconding. We have arrested him and will hand him over to Bengal police,” said Sudhakar Sahoo, the inspector in charge of Puri’s Baliapanda police station.

A CID team from Bengal has left for Puri to take Prasanta into custody.

Former western region development minister Sushanta, the prime accused in the Keshpur case, had been arrested in August last year. He was granted interim bail by Calcutta High Court in February.

In 2002, at least five Trinamul supporters were killed by alleged CPM activists in Keshpur.