Alipurduar, March 12: A primary school teacher was arrested from Birpara today for allegedly working as an agent for a Jateshwar-based chit fund that duped local people promising double returns in seven to 15 days
The accused, Soumyadeep Ghosh, is a member of the CPM-backed All Bengal Primary Teacher’s Association, Falakata, north circle.
Since January, Ghosh has been collecting money for a chit fund opened by Bankim Debnath at Jateshwar, 52km from here.
Sources said Debnath, a resident of Assam who opened the firm in December, fled the area on March 9 and since then, people who had invested money had been attacking the houses of the local agents. The investors also blocked NH31 on Sunday demanding around Rs 100 crore that had been invested.
This morning, local people spotted Ghosh in a bank at Birpara and thrashed him. Later, he was handed over to the police. Ashoke Agarwal, a local trader who had invested Rs 4 lakh, lodged a police complaint.
Akash Magharia, the additional superintendent of police, Alipurduar, said: “The teacher was arrested on the basis of a specific complaint. He was produced in the additional chief judicial magistrate’s court today.”
Ghosh has been remanded in jail custody till March 20.