TMC MP Sugato Bose, Mother Receive Extortion Threats

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Kolkata: Extortionists linked to construction syndicates have allegedly threatened Trinamool Congress MP and grandnephew of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Sugato Bose and his octogenarian mother Krishna Bose. The menace that syndicate raj is, even bigshot politicians are not spared.

Police said a group of youths stormed into Bose’s residence on 90, Sarat Bose Road, a landmark in Kolkata, on Monday afternoon and demanded money from the mother and son duo for not procuring construction materials for the renovation of their house from the syndicate.

Based on Bose’s complaint, police arrested six persons on Monday. Incidentally, they live close to Bose’s residence. Police have slapped IPC sections 385 (extortion), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 448 (trespass) against the youths.

Sugato Bose is a reputed historian, and his mother Krishna Bose, is a former MP.

“It was a small incident. But it has left me wondering if this is the state of affairs where even a family of an MP is not spared, what is happening to ordinary citizens?” Sugato Bose, 61, told a section of the media.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been repeatedly cautioning her party men to stay away from syndicates but to no avail as many top guns of the ruling TMC are often associated with these syndicates.

The activities of these syndicates have flourished to such an extent that after the collapse of a section of the under-construction flyover on Vivekananda Road on March 31 last year killing 27 persons, it was found that some of the building materials were supplied by one such syndicate run by a brother of a former Trinnamool MLA.