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Exam fraud slur on leader

Labpur, Sept. 18: A CPM leader in Birbhum has been accused of supplying fake marksheets, certificates and admit cards of school-leaving exams for money.

Police found 20 fake Madhyamik marksheets and admit cards of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education and the Rabindra Mukta Vidyalaya during a raid at the house of CPM zonal committee member Mohammad Samsujjaman Munshi in Labpur early today.

Munshi, who is also a part-time commerce lecturer in Labpur Sambhunath College, is absconding. The FIR was lodged by local Trinamul Congress MLA Manirul Islam.

“Around midnight, we conducted a raid at the CPM leader’s house and seized nearly 20 fake marksheets and admit cards. But we did not find Munshi. We are looking for him,” said Rishikesh Meena, the Birbhum superintendent of police.

The district CPM leadership today expelled Munshi from the party.

“We took the step against him after coming to know about the matter. We called a special meeting and expelled him,” said Dilip Ganguly, the district CPM secretary.

Contacted over phone this morning, Munshi said: “This is a conspiracy by the Trinamul Congress and its MLA.” Later in the day, his phone was switched off.

Trinamul MLA Islam said he had received complaints against Munshi from some residents that the CPM leader had been supplying fake mark sheets, certificates and admit cards for Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 for the past three years.

“Several people in my constituency complained to me about Munshi’s business. I laid to trap to check the veracity of the complaints. I asked two local youths to go to the CPM leader to buy a fake Madhyamik certificate and a mark sheet. Yesterday, Munshi handed over the fake documents to them for Rs 50,000. I immediately informed the police superintendent and the district magistrate,” Islam said.

One of the youths the Trinamul leader sent to Munshi, a former pradhan of the Chowhatta-I gram panchayat, had failed to clear his Madhyamik while the other was a Class VIII dropout.

“I gave Sheikh Khadim Rs 23,400 and Sabir Ali Rs 22,000 about 25 days ago,” Islam said.

Munshi’s wife Gulsenara Begum, who was at home during the raid, said: “I don’t know about my husband being involved in any such business.”

The principal of Labpur Sambhunath College, Harisadhan Das Bairagya, said Munshi worked as a part-time lecturer there. “However, I don’t know about his other activities,” the principal said.