TMC camp at co-operative building on DSP land

Employees of Durgapur Steel Plant have lodged a police complaint on 27th January accusing a local Trinamool leader and his party-men of occupying a co-operative society office near their residential quarters. The employees of the SAIL-run plant, in the complaint lodged at the Durgapur police station, said that an under-construction building near City Centre had been turned into a club, where Trinamool held a free health camp inaugurated by Durgapur mayor Apurba Mukherjee.
The event in the single-storey building was organized under the banner of “Vivekananda Sanskritik Parishad.” Invitation cards were also sent to those living in the steel plant quarters, near which the building is located.
Anil Ghosh, the director of Durgapur-SAIL Employees’ Primary Common Service Co-operative Society Ltd. Said, “Some youths led by local Trinamool leader Parimal Agasthi demanded that we give them the keys of the building where we are having our co-operative office. They wanted to set up a club there. When we refused, Agasthi became furious and told us they would break the locks. The youths have been occupying the building since last week. It is surprising that the mayor attended a health camp yesterday in a building that houses our co-operative society office, and has been illegally occupied.”
The area falls under ward number 22 of Durgapur municipality, where the mayor is the councillor. Though Mayor, Mr. Mukherjee refused to comment. But Trinamool has their own version of the incident saying that the under-construction building was frequented by criminals and drunkards which prompted party workers to turn it into an “office of our organization to hold social activities”.
Mr Parimal Agasthi, who, the residents claimed, looks after civic work on behalf of the mayor in his ward said, “The people who live in the quarters of the said co-operative had been trying to sell the plot to a realtor who wanted to set up a shopping complex there. Now they are complaining against us because we resisted their move.”
B. R. Kanungo, the steel plant spokesperson, said he was not aware of the Trinamool encroachment and would seek a report from the co-operative society. Although most police officers remained tight lipped, an officer at Durgapur police station just said “a probe has been initiated”.
Sources said, the building for the co-operative society office was being set up on 1.74 acres that was actually earmarked for schools but remained vacant as nobody showed interest.

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