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Mullick murder FIR

Calcutta, June 30: Food and supplies minister Jyotipriya Mullick today lodged a police complaint accusing senior CPM leaders Rekha Goswami and Rabin Deb and 13 others of the Left party of conspiring to kill him.

The CPM leaders Mullick has named in the complaint other than Goswami and Deb include district committee members Ramala Chakraborty, Amitava Nandy and his wife Ila.

Mullick’s charge today comes a day after an FIR was lodged by Goswami, who alleged that the minister and Trinamul MP Haji Nurul Islam had on Thursday masterminded an attack on a procession of the CPM’s women’s wing in Sashan in the district.

The CPM has denied Mullick’s charge, accusing the ruling party of spreading terror in North 24-Parganas in the run-up to the panchayat polls.

Today around 1pm, Mullick went to Barasat police station and lodged the complaint typed on a letter pad of Trinamul’s North 24-Parganas district committee. Mullick is the Trinamul observer in the district.

The minister said in his complaint: “I may suffer an attack on my life by miscreants engaged by CPM leaders like Rabin Deb, Rekha Goswami, Ramala Chakraborty, Amitava Nandi and Ila…. They possess deadly arms and ammunition.”

Asked about the complaint, Mullick said he had “information” that the persons he had named in the FIR were “plotting to kill me”. “I have requested the police to take action against them.”

CPM central committee member and former minister Goswami said tonight that the complaint against her and other party leaders “are nothing but an attempt to frame us” before the rural polls.

Mullick had in January this year made known his distaste for the Left party when he told a Trinamul rally in North 24-Parganas to treat CPM loyalists like a “gokhro (cobra)”. Last year, he had called for a social boycott of the CPM.

The run-up to the panchayat polls has seen complaints and counter-threats by rival political parties.

Trinamul had accused CPM secretary of South 24-Parganas Sujan Chakraborty of plotting the murder of a Trinamul panchayat samiti candidate in Baruipur.

CPM leader Gautam Deb had threatened to hit the streets if “unfair action” was taken against Chakraborty.

Asked about Mullick’s complaint, CPM leader and former MP Nandy said: “We have records to prove that Jyotipriya Mullick had instigated the local people to attack our party leaders and workers whenever they took part in any political event in Sashan and its neighbourhood.”

A senior police of the district said, “We have started an investigation on both the complaints.”