Kolkata: The all-out drive that Kolkata Police have launched after a go-ahead from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee against extortion in college admissions have started to yield results.
But much to the discomfort of Banerjee’s own party Trinamool, a youth wing leader of the party has now fallen to police net for being part of the college admission extortion racket.
Tetan Saha alias Papai (21), a leader of the North Kolkata Trinamool Youth Congress and a former Trinamool general secretary of Seth Anandaram Jaipuria College at Shobhabazar, has been arrested by police after receiving multiple complaints against him.
Saha was picked up by police from his Manicktala residence last night as part of raids conducted simultaneously at 17 places in the city. Apart from him, police have also netted an aide of him named Ratul Ghosh from Bowbazar area.
Ghosh is a Group D staff of Surendranath College at Sealdah. Police have found a large number of admission forms, mark sheets, admit cards, and certificates of students from his house.
Saha is a prominent Trinamool youth wing leader and is close to Soumya Bakshi, the son of Trinamool Jorasanko MLA Smita Bakshi.
Tetan is a regular at all Trinamool events and his Facebook account is replete with photographs with state transport minister Suvendu Adhikari, Trinamool leader Madan Mitra, and even Trinamool secretary-general and education minister Partha Chatterjee.
With this, the number of arrests in Kolkata for admission extortions has touched six. All of them are associated with the Trinamool in one way or the other.
In view of this, the Chief Minister held a meeting at her residence today noon with education minister Chatterjee. The meeting lasted for about 30-minutes but none of them divulged to media as to what has transpired.
After the meeting, the CM, on her way to state secretariat Nabanna, dropped by at Asutosh College at Harza. “I will not tolerate extortion by anyone for admission to colleges. I appeal to all to facilitate the students a congenial atmosphere. Merit and not money should be the criterion,” she told reporters on coming out of the college.
On Saturday, Kolkata Police had announced an email-ID ~ [email protected] and two WhatsApp nos 8420758994 and 6290961121~ for receiving complaints on extortion from students for admission to colleges.