Scrap iron from sealed factories, bootleg parking fees and a genuine estate bang ‘ civic Howrah is a heady brew of opportunities for gangs who won’t stop during anything in their zeal to income in.
Family and acquaintances contend Sumantra Bagchi fell to bullets on Thursday night given he had resisted extortion attempts by one such gang handling in a closeness of a Indian Botanic Garden in Shibpur.
Bagchi and his new-found domestic poke had apparently started posing a hazard to this squad ever given he “took adult a case” of a Shalimar-based godown owner, Rajesh Singh, who had incited adult during his doorway to find insurance from extortionists.
That was around a month-and-a-half ago. Singh had complained to Bagchi ‘ renouned as Babuji ‘ about a gang’s purported direct for a pile sum of Rs 5 lakh and a monthly payout of Rs 5,000.
Bagchi went to a Howrah military commissionerate on Singh’s interest and lodged a grave censure with commissioner Ajey Ranade.
“A fortnight later, my father perceived a call from a internal girl named Bhogey. we remember it was afternoon. He asked my father to repel a complaint. They had an evidence over a phone, following that a girl incited adult during a residence holding a revolver,” Moumita, a victim’s wife, told Metro.
“It was after this occurrence that my father wrote a minute to arch apportion Mamata Banerjee, observant he feared an conflict on his life and wanted military protection,” she recounted.
Sources pronounced members of a squad allegedly obliged for Bagchi’s murder ‘ mother Moumita has named Dharmendra Singh, Debanand Thakur, Santosh Singh and Dara Singh among a indicted ‘ frequently extorted income from businesses, including genuine estate promoters, and smuggled out throw iron from a GKW Factory.
The gang’s bootleg gain from coercion alone are estimated to be several lakh rupees a month.
The military have so distant arrested usually Santosh Singh out of a 13 named in a FIR.
“Dharmendra and Debanand were allegedly concerned in a murder of Krishnadhan Bardhan, alias Kala, on Andul Road in Oct 2010. They also have links with a organisation extorting income from traders in Howrah on interest of Barokhoka, who is now in jail,” a source said.
Kala’s and Bagchi’s murder aren’t removed incidents. Howrah is now a function place for criminals.
On Jul 23, unclear persons dismissed during a genuine estate upholder from Baksara named Sanjoy Palangdar. Two days later, a lady was allegedly raped and attacked of her ornaments underneath a Santragachhi rail overbridge.
On Jul 30, Amit Gupta, a Class XI student, took a bullet in his left leg when criminals evidently targeted someone else in Shibpur’s Dayal Banerjee Lane.
Although Bagchi’s murder looks to be a fallout of his insurgency to extortion, a military are also looking during other possibilities. Investigators have started digging into a victim’s business interests, including genuine estate.R Soft Web Hosting