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CBI probe requested into arms recovery at West Bengal resort

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KOLKATA: West Bengal State Congress submitted a deputation to Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi here on Saturday requesting for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the case of arms recovery at a luxury resort in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas, following violence over a local football match on August 23.

The police recovered several firearms, bombs and explosives from the premises of ‘Vedic Village.’

Local residents alleged a nexus between the resort management and a land mafia, who coerced them into selling their lands at throwaway prices to the resort.

Speaking to The Hindu, working president of West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee Subrata Mukhopadhyay said: “This is no isolated incident where such a large cache of arms and ammunitions were recovered. Presence of an unhealthy nexus between the local land mafia, police and political parties is clear. We demand for a CBI probe to know the truth.” Mr. Mukhopadhyay also said that a Pradesh Congress team will visit New Delhi on Monday and meet the Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, to discuss the matter.

Claiming that only a CBI probe would unearth the truth, he alleged that that the State’s Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and Director General of Police were trying to downplay the roles played by those various vested interests in the entire incident.

“It is evident that the resort management used to acquire land illegally for expanding their area of activity. We want everyone , including persons connected with any political party, involved in the case to be brought to the book soon,” Mr. Mukhopadhyay said.

Indrani Dutta writes:

West Bengal Chief Secretary Ashok Mohan Chakraborty told journalists that the police had been asked to speed up investigations.

“ Let the investigations be complet, if necessary the Criminal Investigation Department may also be harnessed for the job, whoever is found guilty will be booked.”

But, Mr. Chakraborty also added that adequate evidence would have to be generated to make out a good case.

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