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Friday , December 7 , 2012
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Laskar role under scanner
- Pressure on Congress to arrest MLA

Guwahati/Tezpur, Dec. 6: Pressure has piled up on Dispur from both within and outside to act against Congress MLA Enamul Haque Laskar in cases accusing him of indulging in corruption and abetting suicide.

The Sonitpur unit of the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) today moved chief minister Tarun Gogoi (who is in Myanmar) through Sonitpur deputy commissioner, seeking his immediate arrest in connection with the suicide of irrigation department accountant Mothur Chandra Nath at his Tezpur residence on November 25.

Veteran Congress MLA and former minister Anjan Dutta wondered what was stopping police from acting against Haque. In its memorandum, the Sonitpur district committee of the AJYCP questioned why no action has been taken against Laskar even 11 days after the incident.

The district general secretary of the AJYCP, Rajib Das, said there was allegedly a nexus between politicians and the police and that was the reason why there has been no arrest so far.

He also said if the government did not take a proper steps to arrest the culprit within seven days, the AJYCP would intensify its agitation in Tezpur.

Though the police remain tightlipped, Nath’s eldest son Prasanta Kumar who had filed the FIR based on the suicide note, today said a Tezpur police team had visited the office of the irrigation department at Mora Dhansiri project to match the handwriting of the deceased with the suicide note.

Pressure also mounted on the police to act after Anjan Dutta told The Telegraph here: “There is no political interference. Our chief minister does not interfere in police affairs. That I am speaking publicly shows there is no interference. It is just that a group of influential police officers are not interested in taking action for vested interests and are passing the buck to the government.”

Dutta went on to add: “If Gopal Goyal Kanda, a Congress minister, can be arrested in Haryana based on a suicide note, I wonder why no action can be taken against the accused MLA. There are a lot of good, sincere and efficient police officers, including the incumbent DGP, but most have been sidelined by this influential group. I, therefore, request the police higher-ups and the transfer committee to closely look into officers holding key posts and reward efficient and sidelined officers.”

Bharat Narah, the newly appointed press adviser to the chief minister, said Gogoi had already instituted a CID inquiry and a report is expected soon. “Moreover, the chief minister and forest minister have already said that whosoever is guilty will be taken to task,” Narah said in his bid to allay perception about government interference in the case. Gogoi holds the home minister portfolio.

In the suicide note recovered by the police from Nath’s residence and purportedly written by him, it was alleged that before the 2011 Assembly polls, he was forced by Laskar, who was then the officer on special duty in the irrigation department, to collect a huge amount of cash from contractors working for the department to fund his election expenses.

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