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Smuggling mid-day meal rice, TMC demands arrest of CPM-MLA


SNEHANGSHU ADHIKARI | Kolkata, March 5, 2012 15:51
Tags : Mid day meal rice | TMC | CPM | MLA | Samarendranath Ghose | Prakash Chakraborty | smuggling |
A serious allegation of smuggling rice meant for mid-day meals has given a big jolt to Samarendranath Ghose, the local CPM-MLA of Karimpur, Nadia. The TMC has demanded immediate arrest of Ghose who is also the headmaster of a local school in the area. The incident in question occured on Saturday when some villagers of Karimpur and Murutia came upon a matador allegedly being used to smuggle rice meant for mid-day meals under the supervision Ghose and four others. The villagers immidiately rushed to the local police station and lodged a complaint against the five. 
The police have arrested driver Nirmal Das and school teacher Sushanta Mondol for allegedly being involved in the smuggling racket. Police sources reveal that “as many as 40 sacks containing at least 20 quintal rice have been seized from the spot.’’ According to Sabyasachiraman Mishra, DSP, Nadia: “As per the complaint lodged, the local MLA was there at the smuggling spot. We have already started probing into the matter. Two people have been arrested and interrogation is going on to verify the involvement of the said MLA in the smuggling racket.” 
Local TMC leader Prakash Chakraborty however says he is a bit astonished as to how the accused are still out of the police net. Another TMC leader Gauri Dutta told TSI, “Such incidents only depict that the 34-years old Left-tradition is still continuing.”
One of the school board member's on conditions of anonymity raises questions about the presence of 20 kgs of rice in the school premises. He reveals to TSI that at last count, the school had recieved 16 quintals of rice from the local BDO office in September 2011. "After that, we had not made any requisition for more rice. So, where did the 20 quintal of rice come from?" he asks.
The CPM district secretary of Nadia however denies any such allegations and hopes that the police investigation will resolve the issue. "As per my knowledge, the said school is under the authority that is run by right wing leaders. I am unaware as to how our MLA got stuck in this mess," he says. 
It may be noted that this is not the first incident of illegal siphoning-off of rice meant for the government's ambitious mid-day meal scheme. In February last year, the headmistress and a teacher of a primary school in Burdwan were similarly arrested for allegedly selling off 250kg of rice meant for the midday meal scheme.  
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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017