Illegal house sell alegation against Durgapur Trinamool leader

House of Sumita Devi sold illegally

A shocking revelation of house selling in Durgapur’s Amaravati area in the absence and without the knowledge of the original owner has created a sense of fear and astonishment among the residents of this industrial town. Names of two Trinamool Congress leaders of the area surfaced in the incident. Even local police refused to lodge a complaint.
Sumita Shaw, 35, working as a domestic help in Durgapur was allotted a small one-storeyed house by the Durgapur Municipality Corporation under the Valmiki-Ambedkar Awas Yojana in 2009 against Rs 5000. According to Sumita, she, her husband Rajender and two children had gone to Uttar Pradesh in January. When they returned on February 24, they found another family occupying their house. She alleges that two well known Trinamool leaders of the area Dinesh Karmakar and Moloy Bauri, sold her house, allotted under a central scheme, when she had gone with her family to visit an ailing relative in Uttar Pradesh.
“The person occupying our house said he had paid Rs 35,000 to Karmakar and Bauri. I went to the New Township police station a number of times, but I was told that the complaint would be accepted only if I excluded the names of the two Trinamool activists,” Sumita said.
Trinamool denied its workers were involved, but assured that the single-storey house would be “returned” to Sumita. Asked about the allegation, Trinamool councillor Dipankar Laha said: “I learnt about the incident last night. The house will be returned to Sumita Shaw. We will inquire how the deal took place. But our party was not involved.”
In an earlier incident of similar kind in December 2012, the name of a senior Trinamool Congress leader surfaced in an incident of selling unused government land. Sushanta Sarkar, a Trinamool youth wing leader in Durgapur has accused at that time that, Arabinda Pal, a party senior is illegally selling government land lying unused for several years.
The police, too, denied the allegation of refusing to take Sumita’s complaint. Today, Sumita Shaw and her husband lodged a complaint with the sub-divisional officer of Durgapur Ayesha Rani A. Sunil Yadav, the additional deputy commissioner of police (east division), said: “I have no information that the woman’s house was sold off by two Trinamool workers. We have no reservation against receiving complaints. I will look into the matter.”
Munna Rajak, a laundry owner who is currently staying in the house with his family, said he had requested Karmakar and Bauri to help him get a house at a cheap rate. “They showed me the house and I paid them Rs 35,000. I was not aware that the house belonged to another family. If I get my money back, I will vacate the house,” Rajak said.
The Durgapur municipality had in 2008 and 2009 constructed around 1,400 houses for homeless persons under the Valmiki-Ambedkar Awas Yojana. The houses, 176sqft each, have a bedroom, a kitchen and a toilet. The houses cannot be sold, nor can the beneficiaries rent them out. The house has to be handed back to civic authorities if the occupant decides to move elsewhere.

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