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Police start Shyam threats cases

- Company lodges fresh complaints with additional details, cops says they are ‘satisfied’
Shyam SEL officials at Jamuria police station on Monday. Picture by Santosh Kumar Mondal

Durgapur, July 21: Police have started a case of criminal intimidation and threats for extortion against suspended Trinamul leaders Alok Das and Chanchal Banerjee after the Shyam SEL management lodged a “detailed” complaint today.

Shyam SEL assistant general manager Sumit Chakraborty today went to Jamuria police station along with some other senior officials and lodged the complaint against Das and Chanchal, six days after the police sought “more details” on the earlier complaint.

The police, which were yet to take any action on the extortion threats complaint, today said they had started the case of criminal intimidation under Section 506 of the IPC and threat for extortion under Section 385.

While the police had been dragging its feet on the extortion threats complaint by Shyam SEL, the Burdwan administration, on the other hand, is on the verge of completing a probe into an allegation levelled by Das and Chanchal that the company had encroached on government land to implement its expansion plans.

Assistant general manager Chakraborty went to the Jamuria police station around 4.30 this evening and spoke to officer in charge Arup Sarkar for half-an-hour.

“We have submitted the written details sought by the OC. I have explained and given the details according to their requirement. But I cannot divulge them to media. The police have told us not to disclose the conversation and the case details to the media for the sake of investigation. The OC welcomed us warmly and spoke to us gently. We are happy with the gesture,” Chakraborty said after coming out the police station today.

He said the police today assured him of regular patrolling at the railway siding of the plant where local villagers allegedly led by Trinamul youth leader Das and worker Chanchal stalled work, demanding that the company give jobs to local villagers.

The police had said the complaint Shyam SEL had lodged on July 16 was “written improperly” and had “lack of details”.

“We sought details of their complaints and asked some questions on this matter. They told us that both Alok Das and Chanchal Banerjee threatened them with dire consequences twice on July 14 and July 15. However, they have failed to establish the extortion charge. We are satisfied with the information and details they have provided us today and have started a case of criminal intimidation and threats for extortion,” said a senior police officer at the Asansol-Durgapur commissionerate.