Four farmers from Asansol lodged a complaint with the Chief Minister’s Office in Nabanna on Monday against some local miscreants, alleging that the accused were not allowing them to cultivate crops in their own land and were attempting to ‘grab’ the plots.
According to the sources in the state secretariat, the farmers – Sukumar Dutta, Dinesh Prasad, Badal Dutta and Santosh Garai – submitted their complaint against Suresh Yadav, Ahmedullah Khan and some of their close aides. The complainants alleged that attempts were being made to forcefully take away their plots. Yadav and Khan were not allowing the farmers to yield crops in the plots.
It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gave clear instruction to the police to take immediate and necessary action if anyone is found filling up water bodies or getting involved in any extortion activities. Police had also been informed recently about their illegal activities.
In the letter that the complaints submitted on Monday they mentioned that the accused are terrorising the people in the area and making in all efforts to get plots in their possession.
They have even filled up some ponds and have been involved in various illegal activities. Local people are afraid to raise their voice against the goons, encouraging them further to do whatever they want.
The complainants mentioned that the incident where Mithun Garai – a resident of Birbhum who had filed a complaint against another such person in Nabanna – had motivated them to follow his path to save their only means of livelihood.
The complainants claimed that cultivating crops is their only source of income and they could not manage two square meals if their land is taken away ‘illegally and forcefully’. They also raised apprehension of an attack by the accused for lodging the complaint with the CMO.