Criminal Connections

Written by fe Bureau | Updated: Apr 6 2011, 08:54am hrs
Political protection allowed several wanted men to evade arrest in West Bengal till pressure from the Election Commission ended their immunity. Madhuparna Das tracks who have been arrested and who havent.

Anuj Pandey

CPM zonal secretary, built base of armed cadres in Lalgarh-Dharampur

20 cases pending, including 5 of murder

15 years with CPM, never arrested

Rs 1,500/month. His only known income. Jobless before joining CPM. Built a sprawling house on 20-acre plot, allegedly from funds meant for Centyral projects. During an attack by tribals, air-conditioner, an LCD TV set, a refrigerator and expensive furniture were destroyed

Absconder in CBI chargesheet in Netai massacre case, named one of the conspirators

Dinabandhu Barui

Extortionist, coal mafia don and aide of top CPM leaders in Jamuria, Burdwan

10 cases, including some of murder and possession of arms.

Arrested in an arms case, got bail immediately

Prime suspect in Mondays murder of Trinamool leader Kabir Quazi, killed trying to protect local candidate

Dabloo Ansari

Real name Abul Basar Ansari, CPM strongman, upa-pradhan of Tali village panchayat in Mangalkot 20 cases, including 7 of murder, in last 10 years.

Prime accused in Mangalkot bloodbath of 2009-10

Charged with murdering four Trinamool Congress workers between 2006-10, arson, snatching arrested persons from police

Virtually ruled local police, never arrested though seen in CPM public meetings

Following EC crackdown, police attached his property, then tracked him down to Bangalore and arrested him

Majid Master

Former schoolteacher, CPM district secretariat member in North 24-Parganas; his stronghold was Sashan 40,000 bighas Area of fish-ponds under his control Rs 10,000-Rs 15,000 Rate per bigha at which fish ponds are leased out Allegedly murdered Trinamool worker Noor Ali Mohammad while guarding his pond in 2009 Ran a private army and terrorised 12 villages

Arrested last month. Police claim picked him up but CPM sources say he surrendered at insistence of Chief Minister

Gorkha leaders

Bimal Gurung and Roshan Giri, president and general secretary of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha

5 cases faced by Giri, 4 by Gurung; including murder last year of rival Gorkha leader Madan Tamang surrendered separately; both got bail

Trinamool trio

Amalendu Pramanik

Trinamool Congress panchayat samity member in Nandigram-II

12 cases include murder, rioting and arson

Partha Pratim Das

Trinamool candidate, Khejuri

7 cases including murder

Anaesthetist and general physician

Babul Akhtar

Trinamool leader in same district

6 cases including 4 of murder

All 3 arrested last month and a fourth

Parvez Rehman

Trinamool candidate, Purshura

5 cases including murder of 2 persons by a mob in 2009

Arrested last month, he moved Calcutta HC which then stayed warrant ahgainst him for for 8 weeks