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CPM leader held for fraud

Bolpur, Sept. 19: The Birbhum CPM leader accused of supplying fake mark sheets and certificates was arrested this afternoon in Labpur.

The arrest of CPM zonal committee member Mohammed Samsujjaman Munshi also helped police pick up Abdul Alim Mondal, an oil mill owner believed to be the kingpin in the racket.

“We have arrested Munshi and an oil mill owner. We are interrogating the two to find out about more people we believe are involved in the racket,” said Rishikesh Meena, the Birbhum superintendent of police.

Around 20 fake Madhyamik mark sheets and admit cards of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education and Rabindra Mukta Vidyalaya were recovered during a raid at Munshi’s Labpur home yesterday.

The police are also looking for the headmaster of a high school in Panrui in the same district. An officer said the fake admit cards and other documents had the name of the school and the headmaster’s signatures on them.

“The seal of the school was also recovered in the raid at Munshi’s house,” said Prasanta Chowdhury, the subdivisional police officer of Bolpur.

Another officer said Munshi, who is also a part-time commerce lecturer of Labpur Sambhunath College, worked as an agent for Mondal.

“Munshi worked as an agent for Abdul Alim Mondal and brought to him people who needed fake documents. Mondal got the certificates printed at a press in Calcutta. We have got several other names,” the officer said. “There were several other agents,” he added.

There has been no arrest at the Calcutta press.

The officer said Mondal had no criminal record, but he told the police that he had been running the racket for the past four years.

According to sources, Birbhum police are contemplating to hand over the case to the CID as investigations involve other districts and Calcutta. “We have had talks with the CID. We may hand over the case to them,” the officer said.