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Family alleges threat after murder FIR

Parui, Feb. 4: Family members of Sagar Ghosh, a Trinamul rebel’s father who was shot dead within days of a provocative speech by Birbhum party chief Anubrata Mondal, have alleged that suspected Trinamul activists have been threatening them ever since they lodged an FIR in the case.

The allegation by Hriday Ghosh, Sagar’s son who unsuccessfully contested the rural polls last year as an Independent, comes a day after Calcutta High Court admonished the CID for failing to conduct a “proper probe” into the murder and said it would transfer the case to a “higher agency” if the CID’s progress report in a week was not satisfactory.

Sagar, a farmer, was shot dead on July 21 last year, four days after Birbhum Trinamul chief Mondal ordered party workers to “burn down” houses of Trinamul rebels contesting the rural polls as Independents and “hurl bombs” at policemen if they came to the rescue. Sagar’s widow Saraswati and daughter-in-law Shibani had named 41 people, including Mondal, in the FIR. None of the 41 has been arrested.

Hriday today said his mother and wife lived in constant fear of being attacked by suspected Trinamul workers when he went to cultivate his land.

“I have to go out for cultivating my farm land. After I leave, my family members lock the grille gate fearing attacks by Trinamul activists. We keep the gates locked even when I am at home. Many of those who are named in the FIR pass by our house and threaten us with dire consequences,” Hriday said. “They often cry out ‘Amader kichchui korte parbi na. Dekhe nebo toder’ (You won’t be able to do anything to us. We will teach you a lesson).”

Hriday’s wife Shibani alleged that a group of suspected Trinamul workers hurled crude bombs in a field near their house a few days ago. “Almost every day, youths hurl bombs in the field near our house. We always keep our doors and windows shut. They are all Trinamul workers,” Shibani said.

Hriday said repeated requests to the police for protection had fallen on deaf ears.

Asked about providing security to the Ghosh family, Birbhum police chief Alok Rajoria said: “We will provide security if the CID directs us.”

Initially, the local police were investigating the murder. The case was handed over to the CID in December last year after the family moved the high court in October demanding a CBI probe.

A police officer in Birbhum said: “As the CID is probing the murder, we will do nothing without its instruction.”