Kaushik Sen switched from Congress to Trinamul recently
Statesman News Service
The name of Mr Kaushik Sen, who recently joined the Trinamul Congress, has cropped up in the Short Street play-school firing incident that left two youths dead early this morning.
Mr Sen, who was chairman of the Congress Seva Dal and a member of the Pradesh Congress secretariat, switched over to the Trinamul Congress on 9 November. Trinamul all-India general secretary Mr Mukul Roy had welcomed him in to the party during a Press conference.
Before being arrested, Ms Mamata Agarwal, who runs a play-school and had, along with her associates, shot dead the youths, alleged that Mr Sen and a few others were conspiring to take possession of the plot on which the school was built.
“Sanjay Surekha, Kaushik Sen and their associates were pressurising me to vacate the plot. They even offered me money to stay idle during their attempts to forcibly take possession of the disputed land. I had written to Kolkata Police commissioner, DGP, state education minister and the chief minister regarding this. But no action was taken,” she told reporters this morning before she was arrested.
On being asked about Mr Sen’s alleged involvement, senior Trinamul Congress leader, Mr Subrata Bakshi, said it was not possible for the party to verify the integrity of all individuals who join the Trinamul.
Prosenjit Dey (21), one of the victims, worked as a bouncer to pay for his and his brother’s education and also to provide for his family.
He was a resident of Titagar Talpukur Road in Barrackpore and was a BA student at Belgharia Bhairab Ganguly College. His father, Mr Prabir Dey, runs a small shop in the locality while his brother Pranab Dey is a Higher Secondary student. Prosenjit’s mother is a housewife. The family was facing a financial crisis and so Prosenjit had been working as a bouncer.
Mr Pranab Dey said: “After work, he used to get a little time to study. But he was an intelligent boy and managed to pass his examinations every year.”
A pall of gloom descended on the victim’s family when they came to know about Prosenjit’s death just a month before his birthday on 19 December.