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Coal kingpin arrested

Durgapur, Oct. 2: Alleged coal smuggler Kale Singh, who had come into the limelight by sharing the stage with Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee in 2010, was arrested this afternoon in connection with a pilfering case dating back to 2001.

Kale alias Jaswant Singh, 50, was picked up from his home in Asansol’s Jamuria. Kale had gone to his native place, Amritsar, after being released on bail two months ago. Police said that after returning to Asansol two months ago, Kale was trying to regroup small-time coal thieves and resume pilfering in the area with the alleged backing of a section of Trinamul leaders.

He had earlier been arrested on June 8 during a crackdown by the Mamata Banerjee government on coal smugglers in Asansol-Durgapur.

An Asansol court issued an arrest warrant against Kale a month ago after he failed to turn up in court in connection with the 2001 smuggling case.

Police sources attributed the delay in arresting him to the “arrangements” he had made with Jamuria police station and Trinamul’s “backing”.

“Kale Singh will be produced in court tomorrow,” said Suresh Kumar, the additional deputy commissioner of police (central division).