Communist Minsiter resigns as his Harkat-ul-jihad-Islami links Exposed

published on April 18, 2008


CPM minister quits over terror links


AGARTALA: Tripura’s Left Front government suffered a major embarrassment on Thursday when a CPM minister resigned from his post following allegations of having links with jihadis from



Food and civil supplies minister Sahid Choudhury put in his papers amid mounting pressure from Opposition parties for his dismissal. Congress and BJP accused the minister of having links with Mamun Mian, a Bangladeshi who is reportedly attached to HuJI.

“News reports about me and a Bangladeshi national are baseless and the result of a conspiracy. I am resigning from my post to facilitate a free and fair investigation,” Choudhury said in a statement.

His resignation followed barely a day after Tripura Police filed a suo motu case against Mamun, aka Suman Majumdar, on Wednesday for staying in


on forged Indian citizenship and residential certificates.

The delay in filing the case – 20 days after Mamun’s arrest here by West Bengal Police – is likely to cause more embarrassment to the Left Front. Mamun was arrested on March 27 on the basis of confessions of Shamim Akhtar and Alamgir Hussain. The two Bangladeshis were caught in


district with explosives and details of army camps in

North Bengal


Mamun’s arrest brought to light his alleged links with Choudhury and his family. On April 7, Congress leader Ratan Lal Nath sent a letter to chief minister Manik Sarkar, seeking action against Choudhury. Eight days later, he wrote to Governor D N Sahay, pressing for Choudhury’s dismissal. BJP and the Party for Democratic Socialism also made a similar demand. All this while, the Left Front government kept quiet on the issue. In its guarded reaction, CPM said it would comment only after “the investigation is over”.

On Thursday, CPM sources said an independent probe carried out by the party found that Choudhury and his wife, Sefali, shared a close relationship with Mamun. An inquiry, conducted by the special branch of police, also reportedly corroborated the minister’s ties with the Bangladeshi.

“We want a CBI probe. The presence of a foreign terrorist having close links to an Indian minister in the heart of the capital is a serious threat to national security,” Nath said.


Minister quits over rebel nexus


Agartala, April 17:

Newly appointed Tripura food and civil supplies minister Shahid Chowdhury resigned this evening after police blew the lid off his nexus with a Bangladeshi criminal and suspected Harkat-ul-jihad-Islami (Huji) activist.

Chowdhury, the MLA from Boxanagar and a first time minister, landed in a soup after West Bengal CID arrested Mafizur Rahaman alias Mamun Mia alias Suman Mazumder from his home in Agartala on March 28. Mamun was wanted in a bomb blast case in Shibpur in


in January. Police came to know about Mamun from two arrested Huji members. Mamun was held under the Arms Act.

Directed by the party, Chowdhury tendered his resignation to chief minister Manik Sarkar who forwarded it to Governor Dinesh Nandan Sahay. The governor has accepted the resignation.

CPM party secretary Baidyanath Mazumder said: “Chowdhury has resigned after consulting the party and at this moment I cannot say anything beyond that.”




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