Kolkata: Amid pouring complaints of extortion by syndicates allegedly run by Trinamool Congress councilors in New Town, Rajarhat area, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has warned of strict action against any party member found involved.
Addressing a gathering at Nazrul Mancha on Friday, Mrs. Banerjee said, “A few unscrupulous people have tainted the image of the party. Strict action will be taken if anyone is found involved in the syndicate.”
“I am receiving complaints that a few councilors are demanding money for house construction in their area. I will look into the matter personally and the guilty will not be spared.” Mamata added. The chief minister was left red faced after Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina had personally lodged a complaint alleging that councilor Aninda Chatterjee had demanded money from one of her acquaintance for constructing a house in the area.
Mr. Chatterjee had later been arrested and a probe has been ordered. The Rajarhat,
New Town area has been making it to the headlines frequently over syndicate clash, extortion and crimes. Police has failed to reign the criminals many of whom enjoyed close ties with the ruling Trinamool leaders.