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Police atrocity alleged behind mason�s suicide

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BONGAIGAON, Sept 6 � Alleged police atrocity at the behest of two local Congress leaders to clinch a land deal reportedly compelled a poor mason to commit suicide here on Thursday.

Suraj Kanti Dasgupta, a Railway employee of New Bongaigaon, who claimed the ownership of a plot of land measuring half bighas, which originally belonged to one Purna Chandra Ray, sold the land to two women nine years back on the basis of a land holding certificate.

As the two women laid claim to the plot, Purna Chandra Ray�s widow and her five sons refused to leave the plot, denying that the land was ever sold by Ray.

Among the two women buyers, Dipali Ghose is the wife of Pradip Ghose alias Pilot Ghose, general secretary of the Bongaigaon District Congress Committee, and Baby Dey Kanungo is the wife of Babla Kanungo, general secretary of the Bongaigaon Town Block Committee of the Congress.

As they failed to make Andhari Ray and her five sons vacate the plot, the two women allegedly enlisted police support to mount pressure on the Ray family.

According to the Bongaigaon Revenue Circle office, there is no record of the sale of the plot to Suraj Kanti Dasgupta by late Purna Chandra Ray. Pradip Ghose also admitted that his wife had bought the land from Dasgupta only on the basis of his land holding certificate.

The police picked up Andhari Ray�s two sons, Parameswar and Uma, on July 31 and allegedly forced them to sign on a blank stamped paper, but the Ray brothers refused to do so. The police later released them when the matter came to the notice of the media.

The police allegedly continued the pressure on the Ray family, sending Parameswar Ray, a poor mason and father two children, into fits of depression. On Thursday afternoon, he committed suicide at his house, alleged his mother, Andhari Ray.

Rejecting the first report lodged by the Ray family, in which police atrocity was mentioned as a probable cause of Parameswar�s suicide, the police accepted only the second report which is plain, the family members alleged.

The officer-in-charge of the Bongaigaon PS, Binay Barman was contacted for his comments on the allegation, but he did not respond to the phone call.

On the other hand, Bongaigaon Additional SP Imdad Ali said, �I have been instructed by the SP to submit an inquiry report on the matter soon.�

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Police atrocity alleged behind mason�s suicide

BONGAIGAON, Sept 6 � Alleged police atrocity at the behest of two local Congress leaders to clinch a land deal reportedly compelled a poor mason to commit suicide here on Thursday.

Suraj Kanti Dasgupta, a Railway employee of New Bongaigaon, who claimed the ownership of a plot of land measuring half bighas, which originally belonged to one Purna Chandra Ray, sold the land to two women nine years back on the basis of a land holding certificate.

As the two women laid claim to the plot, Purna Chandra Ray�s widow and her five sons refused to leave the plot, denying that the land was ever sold by Ray.

Among the two women buyers, Dipali Ghose is the wife of Pradip Ghose alias Pilot Ghose, general secretary of the Bongaigaon District Congress Committee, and Baby Dey Kanungo is the wife of Babla Kanungo, general secretary of the Bongaigaon Town Block Committee of the Congress.

As they failed to make Andhari Ray and her five sons vacate the plot, the two women allegedly enlisted police support to mount pressure on the Ray family.

According to the Bongaigaon Revenue Circle office, there is no record of the sale of the plot to Suraj Kanti Dasgupta by late Purna Chandra Ray. Pradip Ghose also admitted that his wife had bought the land from Dasgupta only on the basis of his land holding certificate.

The police picked up Andhari Ray�s two sons, Parameswar and Uma, on July 31 and allegedly forced them to sign on a blank stamped paper, but the Ray brothers refused to do so. The police later released them when the matter came to the notice of the media.

The police allegedly continued the pressure on the Ray family, sending Parameswar Ray, a poor mason and father two children, into fits of depression. On Thursday afternoon, he committed suicide at his house, alleged his mother, Andhari Ray.

Rejecting the first report lodged by the Ray family, in which police atrocity was mentioned as a probable cause of Parameswar�s suicide, the police accepted only the second report which is plain, the family members alleged.

The officer-in-charge of the Bongaigaon PS, Binay Barman was contacted for his comments on the allegation, but he did not respond to the phone call.

On the other hand, Bongaigaon Additional SP Imdad Ali said, �I have been instructed by the SP to submit an inquiry report on the matter soon.�