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Monday, May 21, 2012

Police Crack CPI-M Leader’s Murder in Gazole Robbery Case

MALDA, 20 MAY: Police have succeeded in arresting two dacoits 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.

Notably, Khirod Choudhury (48), two times CPI-M gram panchayet member was killed at his residence at Kadubari, Gazole around 1 am 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. CPI-M 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.

Police too started the probe and sniffer dog was taken to house which was led to the nearby railway track. Police felt that someone close to the family was involved in this robbery who knew of the huge cash kept in the house and the keys were with the deceased’s younger daughter. CID personnel and forensic experts too collected finger prints and helped police in inquiry. 

Eventually, police arrested Fazlur Rahaman and Saiful Sheikh from Dathianpara village under Harischandrapur police station last night. Superintendent of police Jayanta Pal said: “We’ve almost cracked the case. Other dacoits would be arrested too shortly.”

Police sources informed that there were nearly 27 dacoits in the gang out of whom 22 were from Ratua, three were from Harischandrapur and three from Bihar. Police still believe that the gang had some local sources in Gazole who supplied all information.

Police informed that the gang hired two trekkers from Debipur area in Ratua and keeping one a little away from the deceased’s house dropped at the spot. They manufactured 21 hand-bombs and a bamboo ladder too. All of them were armed. After accomplishing the robbery they distributed the looted amount at Mahananda halt station.
Mr Pal, however, ruled out any political motive against the robbery. “Primarily it seems that it was a gang of notorious dacoits and they had no other intention apart from robbing the trader,” he said.

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