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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Cong Municipal Councilor's House Ransacked on Charges of Duping Crores from People

Malda, November 20, 2012: Pillaging huge money in the name of micro finance company from the poor common people and scampering away afterwards is nothing new in this state. This time a Congress leader was accused to profligate millions and to flee away. His house was attacked by the victims today. Trinamool Congress naturally did not want to waste any chance of attacking Congress on this issue.

Saibal Agarwala, Congress councilor from Ward No 5 of Old Malda Municipality, allegedly opened a micro finance company one year back at Farakka. Renting a house Agarwala, who was the Project Manager, had engaged many unemployed youths to collect money from common people. Amassing more than Rs 2 crore, suddenly Agarwala along with his partners closed the office. The agents naturally faced huge pressure from the people. Complaints were lodged against Agarwala to police. After a few days the agents were even able to catch Agarwala at Farakka and gheraoed him for long and later handed him to police. That time the intervention of a Congress MLA influenced police to release him after taking an undertaking from him. Even Chief Minister was apprised of the allegation.

However, after few months Agarwala started a similar business at Malda. There too hundreds were duped and a week back the company was closed. Agents like Anirban Saha, Rajib Chatterjee alleged that more than Rs 3 crore was amassed from people. “We came to this business with the assurance of Congress councilor, but now he has deserted us”, they said. Worse, Agarwala has left his house with his family a few days back.

Today more than 50 agents along with victims attacked Agarwala’s house which was closed from outside. It was partly damaged and the irate people even wrote notice against selling this house. TMC leader Basistha Tribedi said, “Congress district President Dalubabu himself vows to take steps against chit funds; now what will he do when his own councilor is associated with it?” However, Congress leader Bibhuti Ghosh described it as “personal affair of the councilor and not that of party.”     

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