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9A dacoity chargesheet

Calcutta police on Wednesday filed a chargesheet in connection with a dacoity at 9A Short Street on September 15 last year.

Seven men have been named as accused — Parag Majmudar, Pinakesh Dutta, Samir Riyaz, Rittik Dey (alias Bam), Mohammad Usman, Mohammad Rafique and Zeeshan Khan.

“The accused have been charged with criminal conspiracy, rioting, dacoity, robbery and dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt and mischief. They have also been charged under sections of the Arms Act,” joint commissioner (crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh said.

The chargesheet, filed in the Bankshall court, states that the dacoity, masterminded by Majmudar, was aimed at vacating and taking control of the premises, sources familiar with the chargesheet said.

The document, running into more than 200 pages, says the accused were all present on and outside the premises during the raid.

The chargesheet contains the names and statements of 40 witnesses, the sources said.

Majmudar, the chargesheet says, was the “master-planner”. Dutta has been described as “facilitator” as he had allegedly hired the bouncers and others who carried out the raid.

Rittik, sleuths said, had snatched the licensed gun of Ratan Lal Nahata, one of the residents of 9A.

Among the accused mentioned in the FIR lodged on September 15 night was Kaushik Sen, whose name has been dropped from the chargesheet because of lack of evidence.

The police started the dacoity case only on November 25, a fortnight after a group of bouncers had allegedly trespassed on the property in an attempt to evict the residents. Two bouncers died after Mamta Agarwal, who lived and ran a playschool at 9A, and two of her guards allegedly fired during the November 11 raid.

Chargesheets for the trespass and the murder have already been filed.