statesman news service
DIAMOND HARBOUR, 22 JUNE: A Youth Congress leader of South 24-Parganas has allegedly been collecting money from hotel owners and others in the name of party election fund.
Some Congress leaders and its youth and student wing leaders, too, were allegedly involved.
Members of the Hotel Owners’ Association of Diamond Harbour lodged a complaint alleging that Mr Shamim Hosain Mollah, Youth Congress president of Diamond Harbour Assembly, had forcibly been collecting lump-sum amounts from them using the party’s letterhead and giving receipts in the name of the Diamond Harbour-II block Congress.
The association had submitted a written complaint to the party’s district committee office and informed the party leaders.
Mr Bijan Patra, the district committee leader of Congress, said the alleged Youth Congress leader was suspended from his post and was expelled from the party after party leaders investigated the allegations. Congress will never support such illegal work, the leader added.
District congress committee sources said they have evidence that some Congress leaders accompanied its youth and students’ wing leaders and had assisted the accused Youth Congress leader in extorting money. The party will take action against them soon, sources said. Police said they have started an inquiry on the basis of the complaint.