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Jessop fire: CID to file fresh case after shortage of machines comes to light

The Crime Investigation Department (CID) will initiate a fresh case in connection with the Jessop fire incident in the next week, as an assessment conducted at the factory revealed shortage of machineries.

This comes at the time when Jessop owner Pawan Ruia failed to turn up at CID’s office at Bhawani Bhavan for interrogation. It may be mentioned that the Calcutta High court had directed Ruia to cooperate with the investigating agency for the probe into the incident.

Sources said that the CID would not send notices anymore to summon Ruia for interrogation. A case was lodged with Dum Dum police station in connection with the fire in the factory. The CID had taken up the case to find out the exact reason behind the repeated incidents of fire at the over 200-year-old factory.

Investigating officers came to know from local people that there had been many incidents of theft at the factory. They claimed that they had even seen trucks full of iron scrap and machines driving out of the factory.

On Friday morning, a team comprising senior CID officers visited the factory and conducted a survey to assess whether any machinery had been taken out without a proper reason. They had tallied it with the available data containing records of the total number of machines in the factory when Ruia had taken over it.

Sources said that the assessment revealed that some expensive machinery and several equipments were found missing. As a result, a case will be lodged with Dum Dum police station to probe into the case of the missing machineries. The case would begin next week after another round of assessment at the factory.

Meanwhile, CID officers are contemplating take legal action against Ruia due to him not cooperating with them for conducting a proper inquiry. They would move the Calcutta High Court to inform it about how Ruia’s non-cooperation is affecting the investigation and would submit before the Court to know what would be the next course of action for the investigating officers.
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