Dot Com News Bureau
Burdwan, 12 Sep 04 :
The pilferage of government allotted rice under
schemes for the poor at Diknagar, Aushgram has taken a
new twist with suicide of Shantinath Chatterjee (47), a
husband of a ration shop owner. Chatterjee committed
suicide this morning by jumping infornt of UP
Shantineketan express near Gushkara station. Local
sources informed that, Chatterjee, a government employee
transferred the licence of the M.R. shop in the name of
his wife, Santana after he got the job.
A couple of days back, four of the villagers of Diknagar,
mainly tribal, were hit by bullets while demonstrating
against the panchayet leaders in protest of the
pilferage of the allotted rice. Police rushed to area
& had to fire six rounds to control the mob. Later
enquiry reveled that, the injured were hit by bullets
from local handmade pipe guns & not from that of
police firing. The district CPIM subsequently expelled
two of its leaders yesterday for their alleged
involvement in the corruption. Police along with food
inspectors conducted joint raided at the local M.R.
shops suspecting them to be medium through which the
`stolen rice' was sold to the open market. The M.R. shop
of the Chatterjees were also raided & abnormalities
were found in the stock register & other documents
as reveled by a police official.
Although passenger of the train & a local TMC
leader, Nityananda Chatterjee informed that, Shantinath
left a suicidal note naming two local CPIM leaders for
the cause, the CPIM leaders denied the existence of any
such note. The police is also yet to confirm the same.
Nityananda Chatterjee said, "the local CPIM leaders
called the deceased to a meeting & demanded Rs.
1,50,000 as a fine for maligning the party images by
associating with the illegal rice trade." Achintya
Majumder, a member of the CPIM district committee,
however denied any existence of a suicidal note.
"we have not been asked by the district
administrative officials to help in identifying any
member of ours" said Majumder. "As far our
primary information, the deceased was rebuked today
morning at a meeting of the M.R. shop owners'
association for been associated with selling of rice
grains sourced from unauthorised sources. This may have
resulted in insult & depression which eventually may
have guided Chatterjee to jump infornt of speeding
train" added he.
The district magistrate, Subrata Gupta informed,
"we cannot comment on this as a report have been
asked from the SDO". The SDO, Burdwan (North) Gopal
Chandra Ghosh said, "the police along with food
controllers have conducted a joint raid at different M.R.
shops in the area. Five shops were found with abnormal
stock figures & documents. The food controller has
been asked to show cause the dealers & initiate a
case against them." He didn't comment on the
suicide stating, "the matter is under police
investigation & we can't comment on this before it
The state vice-president of the BJP, Tapas Chatterjee
however have appreciated the action taken by the police
on the date of the demonstration. He said, "If the
police haven't taken such action, it would have resulted
in a more bloody wrath resulting cost of the lives of
the villagers." He added, "the recovery of
pipe gun splinters from the body of the injured have
established the fact that the CPIM had stocked huge
amount of ammunition expecting such a demonstration
& the firing was made by CPIM supported miscreants
from the panchayet building itself." A naxalite
unit have affixed posters at the Burdwan hospital &
the district magistrate office building protesting the