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TMCP Leader Manoj Arrested In College Gun Threat Case

2016-09-09 19:21

TMCP leader Manoj Sarkar


Santipur, Sept. 9: A day after the party’s top leadership announced his suspension, former general secretary of Trinamul run Santipur College’s students’ union Manoj Sarkar on Thursday night surrendered before the police and was arrested along with one of his close aides.

A day Manoj, who is a BA second year student of Santipur College, went absconding since his name surfaced up in an alleged incident of gun threat to a teacher of the college that occurred on August 29.

Both Manoj and his aide Samir were produced before the additional chief judicial magistrate Sanghamitra Poddar’s court in Ranaghat today, who ordered five days’ police custody for them.

The duo has been charged under section 448 (house trespassing), 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC and under section 25 of India Arms act.

Interestingly enough, government counsel Pradip Kumar Pramanik today pleaded for need of police custody for Manoj to ensure recovery of the arms that was allegedly used to threat the teacher.

Assistant public prosecutor Pramanik said: “A gun was allegedly used to threat a teacher on that day. Today, we produced the case diary before the court and appealed police custody for the accused for six days. The time was needed for the investigating officials to recover the fire arm used in the alleged incident and to apprehend the others involved”.

Even though no specific complaint was initially lodged against Manoj by the college authorities, but he was seen on the CCTV footage threatening the college principal Chandrima Bhattacharjee in her chamber leading a group of youths. Earlier the group had also entered the teachers’ room and one of them allegedly threatened mathematics teacher Amarjit Kundu at gun point asking him not to attend college on the next day slated for governing body meeting.

The incident embarrassed the state government. The college principal submitted a report to the state education minister Partha Chatterjee, who told police to arrest Manoj without any prejudice.

However, Manoj went absconding.

On Wednesday education minister Partha Chatterjee announced suspension of Manoj during a meeting with the district TMCP leaders in Calcutta. He also told that the college students' leaders that they should not interfere into the activities of the teachers. 

Examining the CCTV footage police started identifying the youths involved in the threat and arrested two suspected Trinamul Chatra Parishad activists Sudip Biswas and Sahabuddin Sheikh on August 30.

Realizing that the arrest is unavoidable, particularly after the announcement of the suspension order, Manoj decided to surrender before police.

At about 10pm on Thursday, Manoj walked inside the Santipur College and surrendered before officer in charge Partha Bhattacharjee.

Sub divisional police officer of Ranaghat Indrajit Basu said: “Manoj has been arrested on the basis of the CCTV footage. There were some other youths also involved into the incident who are being identified and would be apprehended as well”.

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