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Siliguri, Aug. 25: Once a blue-eyed boy, now villain.
Biswajit Majumder, a constable of the criminal investigation department (CID), was known to residents here as the man who had bust fake currency rackets in the city and persuaded a number of KLO militants to surrender during his tenure with the Intelligence Bureau (IB) two years ago.
But the involvement of 37-year-old Majumder and his colleague Kailash Roy in the planting of explosives at Air View More and in the New Jalpaiguri (NJP) area has left senior police officials of Siliguri and Jalpaiguri stunned.
The role of the two constables — two others were also there in the Maruti van that was intercepted at NJP — has also shaken the CID office in Calcutta.
So shocked was the headquarters that immediately after the duo’s arrest, deputy inspector-general (CID) P. Ravi boarded a Bagdogra-bound flight and arrived here this afternoon. Ravi, sources said, rushed to the NJP police outpost straightway to interrogate his “truant subordinates”.
The interrogation process, they added, will continue till late in the night. Ravi is being accompanied by Jalpaiguri police superintendent Tripurari and other officials. Five others have been reportedly detained from Salkumarhat in the Alipurduar sub-division of Jalpaiguri.
“We knew Majumder as an honest and brave man. He had developed quite a good network, when he was on deputation with the IB,” said an IB official, who is also Majumder’s neighbour in Pradhannagar.
The intelligence staff, however, said about a year ago, a case was framed against Majumder in Siliguri, for allegedly demanding bribes at Agam Singh Nagar village at Dagapur close to the city.
“He had been there to track down a fake currency racket,” his former colleague said.
Superintendent of Darjeeling police Rajesh Subarno confirmed that the case was registered with Matigara police station. The officer-in-charge of Matigara police station, V.K. Singh, however, could not provide the details.
A CID officer said in 2004, when he was with the IB, Majumder’s name was recommended for the police bravery medal, a prestigious award coffered by the state police department.
A local pan shop owner of Gurung Bustee in Pradhannagar, who was the constable’s friend, said: “Biswajit (Majumder) was a nice and honest man. He was helpful. It is tough for me to believe that he has connections with anti-nationals.”
While Majumder’s family could not be contacted, nobody could say much about Roy, the other constable. His colleagues said Roy did not have any significant presence in the department.