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Fraud cuffs on Trinamul leader

Durgapur, July 27: A Durgapur Trinamul leader and manager of a deposit-mobilising company was today arrested on the charge of duping a widow of Rs 3 lakh.

Janaki Singh, 50, had lodged a complaint in the Durgapur additional chief judicial magistrate’s court alleging that the company Khokon Ruidas worked for, Coterie India, had taken Rs 3 lakh from her in 2011 but stopped paying the promised monthly returns after a year.

Ruidas had been earlier accused by a Trinamul MLA of running a syndicate and extorting from businessmen.

Janaki had lodged the complaint earlier this month in the Durgapur ACJM court, which forwarded it to New Township police station and directed it to take action against the Trinamul leader.

Ruidas was arrested this morning from RIP Industrial Estate, a cluster of small companies where he is the vice-president of the Trinamul trade union.

“We have arrested him on the basis of the complaint lodged by Janaki Singh. He will be produced in court tomorrow,” said Sunil Yadav, the additional deputy commissioner of police (east).

Janaki had alleged that Ruidas had persuaded her to invest in Coterie India the Rs 3 lakh her husband got as statutory benefit after his death.

According to Janaki, the company paid her Rs 2,775 a month but stopped the payment after about a year.

“He (Ruidas) gave me a cheque of Rs 2.90 lakh in February this year. But it bounced. Since then, he has been threatening to grab my house if I continued demanding my money,” Janaki said.

Ruidas had last week said his company was going through a bad patch and would return Janaki the money in three months.

On the complaint of extortion against him, the police in Durgapur said they had not been able to start a case against Ruidas as the area where his office is situated falls in the jurisdiction of Burdwan police. “We have informed our counterparts,” said additional deputy commissioner of police Yadav.

INTTUC Burdwan chief Prabhat Chatterjee declined to comment on Ruidas’s arrest.