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Murder accused police can’t see

Suri, July 30: Several Birbhum Trinamul leaders opposed to district unit chief Anubrata Mondal today contested police’s claim that the main accused in sub-inspector Amit Chakraborty’s murder, a ruling party member, was absconding and said he was moving around freely.

According to them, the police are claiming Sheikh Alim is absconding to avoid arresting him because he enjoys political patronage.

“Sheikh Alim is roaming around freely and it is because of the Birbhum party chief that no action is being taken against him,” a Trinamul leader opposed to Mondal said.

Asked why raids were not being conducted to arrest Alim and the other accused, district superintendent of police Alok Rajoria said: “I will not comment. I can only tell my superiors about it.”

A police officer said around 30 accused in the murder of the sub-inspector, including Alim, had fled the area.

A Trinamul vice-president in Birbhum said Alim was “important” to the party for various reasons.

“As an elected member of the Dubrajpur panchayat samiti, he looks after public works. It is through him that Mondal controls the samiti,” he said.

Neither Alim nor Mondal was available for comment.