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Adhir sneaks into Tehatta

Tehatta, Nov. 17: Junior railway minister Adhir Chowdhury today crossed a river and sneaked into Tehatta with a Congress team despite prohibitory orders clamped on the area following the death of one person during police firing on Wednesday.

Behrampore MP Chowdhury roamed around in the area, visited the spot of the mob- flare-up and met the family of Ashok Sharma, who died in the firing. Chowdhury gave Rs 20,000 to Sharma’s family.

Police said they did not have prior information about the visit. Chowdhury claimed he did not know Section 144 under the CrPC was in force in the area. Police sources, however, said an assistant sub-inspector had requested the Murshidabad strongman when he was entering Tehatta to leave but he refused to listen.

Chowdhury, Abu Taher, Mannan Hossain and other Congress leaders arrived at the Patikabari Ghat on the banks of the Jalangi in Murshidabad in a car. They walked on a bamboo bridge across the river while their car was ferried on a motorised boat to Shyamnagar ghat in Nadia. From there, they travelled 18km to Tehatta.

Asked about the prohibitory orders, the junior railway minister said: “I was not aware of that.”

Chowdhury accused the police of torturing residents of the area and threatened a Congress agitation in Tehatta.

Nadia police chief S.R. Mishra said: “We will see if he (Chowdhury) violated Section 144. We will also check why the officers present at the spot did not stop him.”

CID probe

The government today announced a CID probe into the flare-up and the firing. A five-member CID team led by special superintendent Tamal Sen visited Tehatta.