Absconding Asansol physician with Maoist links arrested

The arrested Asansol physician with Maoists links in police van on December 12

Dr Samir Biswas, an absconding physician from Asansol was arrested by Asansol Durgapur police yesterday. The two and half year hunt for the Asansol physician, who according to police used to treat injured Maoists ended when a police team intercepted Dr Samir Biswas from his brother’s house in Mahishila colony of Asansol in the morning hours of December 12.

The 67 year old Asansol physician was latar produced before the SDJM of Asansol, who sent him to police custody for six days. Dr Biswas had earlier been arrested by police in 1971 for his attachment and contribution to the Naxalite movement of seventies.

After the arrest of Dr Binayak Sen in Chhattisgarh in 2007, this is probably the first arrest of a MBBS doctor for his alleged linkage and patronage for the Naxalite movement.

Yesterday’s arrest, however, has embarrassed the Trinamool Congress leadership of not only Asansol but of the entire state as well. In 2010 when Asansol police acting on a tip-off raided the residence of Dr Biswas in Asansol’s Panchgachia locality on April 19, the Trinamool Congress had put up a road blockade there and opposed police action against the physician. Trinamool Congress was not in power then and its Baraboni MLA, Bidha Upadhyay at that time claimed that CPM has conspired against Dr. Samir Biswas. Yesterday, though, the physician was arrested by police of the ruling Trinamool Congress government.

Dr Biswas – a physician retired from the Eastern Coalfields Limited, a Coal India subsidiary, in 2007 – was wanted by the police since 2010 when the physician managed to escape the police raid on April 19. The former Burdwan district police team, acting on a prompt, had raided the residence of Dr Biswas in Asansol’s Panchgachia locality. As Dr Biswas had escaped, police had taken two caretakers cum help -Rajesh Marandi and Susanta Pal – into custody, besides seizing a substantial amount of Maoist handouts in Bengali and Hindi.

A week latar of the raid in April 2010, Dr. Biswas’s Alto was found parked behind his quarters. Four gelatin sticks, eight detonators and INR 59,000 in cash and the sketch map of Asansol police line had allegedly been found in it.

The police had claimed that Dr Biswas used to attend the injured Maoist guerrillas like, Kishenji, Bikram alias Arnab Dam and others.

When Trinamool Congress leader Bidhan Upadhyay, who protested the police action against Dr. Biswas in 2010 was asked for his reaction after the Asansol police arrested the same physician, he said that law will follow his own course.

Bangsogopal Chowdhury, the Asansol MP reacted by saying that the Asansol police raided the physician’s house on definite clue, but the Trinamool Congress resisted because they were at that time attached with the Maoists. But now after coming to power they are putting the same Maoists, who were once their friends into jails.

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