Thursday, May 31, 2012
Dreaded Criminal and Principal Accused of CPM Leader Murder Case Caught(file photo)
Malda, 31 May: District police have succeeded in detaining the principal culprit in connection with the daring robbery and killing of an influential CPI-M leader on 16 May night at Kadubari area under Gazole police station. Other members of the large gang of the dacoits would also be arrested as police claimed to have obtained significant clues in this regard. Though the superintendent of police Jayanta Pal refused to speak in details in this regard in the interest of the enquiry, it has been learnt from police sources that it’s a matter of time only to arrest the other dacoits of the gang.
Notably, Khirod Choudhury (48), two times CPM gram panchayet member was killed at his residence at Kadubari, Gazole around 1 am on 16 May when a group of armed miscreants attacked his house. Robbers looted lakhs of rupees as well as gold jewelry worth Rs 3 lakh before shooting him to death. The incident created huge sensation in the locality. CPM leadership gave a 72 hours ultimatum to police to arrest the goons unless which they threatened to resort to formidable movement. Local traders too expressed their concern and demanded active role of police as the deceased CPI-M leader was a rich businessman of Gazole who dealt in land and liquor. Traders even blocked the road with the demand of arrest of the culprits.
On 20 May police arrested Fazlur Rahaman and Saiful Sheikh from Dathianpara village under Harischandrapur police station in connection with the case. Subsequently, Enamul Hoque, Abdul Rahim and Sentu Ali, three more suspected robbers were arrested on 22 May from Samsi under Ratua police station.
Yesterday, a team from Ratua police station led by the officer in charge (OC) in joint operation with Bihar police caught Mohammed Serajuddin alias hatkata Seraj from Kaladiara village under Manihari police station of Katihar district in Bihar after raiding two areas. He was the leader of an interstate robbery gang as learnt from police sources.
A dreaded robber Serajuddin, who is blind in one eye and an inhabitant of Ajirtola village of Bilaimari area under Ratua police station, used to operate in West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa as learnt from sources. He was once imprisoned for six years for looting a jewelers shop in Orissa. His left wrist was blown off while preparing bombs long back that brought him the nick ‘hatkata Seraj.’
SP, Malda Pal said, “We would interrogate him extensively and hope to get crucial clues to crack the robbery case in Gazole. We can’t disclose much in this regard for the sake of the enquiry.”