Extortion cuffs on former councillor

A former Trinamul Congress councillor of Barrackpore Municipality has been arrested after a woman, a relative of his, consumed poison and accused him of demanding money from her to let her build a house in Titagarh.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 19.03.18
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Titagarh: A former Trinamul Congress councillor of Barrackpore Municipality has been arrested after a woman, a relative of his, consumed poison and accused him of demanding money from her to let her build a house in Titagarh.

The woman, Papiya Kaur, wrote a note before attempting suicide on Saturday. In it she accused Milan Krishna Aash, the former councillor, of demanding money from her. She is being treated at BN Bose Hospital in Barrackpore.

Aash was rounded up on Sunday.

Police said the woman, in her 30s, had inherited a two-cottah plot a month ago. She wanted to build a house on it.

She told the police from her hospital bed on Sunday that Aash and some other relatives had forcibly taken over the plot. "They did not allow me to visit the plot. They did not allow me to procure construction materials from local suppliers. Aash was a councillor of Barrackpore Municipality and has a band of followers. He has grabbed the land using his political clout," an officer quoted Papiya as saying.

The woman, a resident of Ward 10 of Barrackpore Municipality, consumed poison on Saturday night. Her family members found a note that she had purportedly written before consuming poison.

The woman also alleged that Aash had demanded Rs 2.5 lakh from her to let her start construction on the plot. "He told me that I would not be allowed to build a house on the plot if I did not pay up," the officer quoted Papiya as saying.

"Aash has been arrested. We are trying to find out about the others," the officer said.

Uttam Das, Barrackpore Municipality chairman and a Trinamul leader, said: "If Aash had done anything wrong, the party will take action against him."