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TMC leader defaults

Durgapur, July 25: A widow in Durgapur has filed a court complaint against a Trinamul leader, accused of running a syndicate and extorting businessmen, alleging that the funds-mobilising company he works for had defaulted on repaying her.

According to the complaint Janaki Singh, 50, lodged in the Durgapur additional chief judicial magistrate’s court, Ruidas worked for a cash-collection company named Coterie India. The firm had allegedly collected Rs 3 lakh from Janaki in 2011 but stopped paying the promised monthly instalments after a year.

Ruidas, who has been accused by the Durgapur (East) Trinamul MLA of extorting businessmen and running a syndicate, said today that he was the manager of Coterie India. “The company is going through a crisis. We will refund the lady in three months,” he said.

Janaki said she had invested in Coterie India the Rs 3 lakh she received from her husband’s employer as statutory benefit after his death in 2007.

“Ruidas advised me to deposit the money in Coterie India. He promised me a hefty monthly interest. I trusted him as he is a local Trinamul leader and agreed to his proposal,” Janaki said.

“Coterie India paid me Rs 2,775 a month for one year. When I did not receive the instalments for a few months, I went to the Trinamul office in Muchipara in end-2012 and met Ruidas. He assure me of a one-time payment, which I am yet to get,” said Janaki, who works as a labourer at a construction site.

Janaki alleged that in February this year, Ruidas gave her a cheque for Rs 2.90 lakh but it bounced. “When I went to Ruidas again, he threatened to take over my house if I demanded my money back again,” she alleged.

Last week, the Durgapur court forwarded Janaki’s complaint to New Township police station and directed the law-enforcers to register a case against Ruidas for cheating. The police said they were yet to receive the order.