As Kolkata Police developed a special investigation team (SIT) to investigate the “fake” immunization camp case, investigation on Friday located that blamed Debanjan Deb, who acted as an IAS officer, had not only secured fake letter pads, stamps and identity cards but also opened a bank account in Kolkata Municipal Corporation’s (KMC) name.
Cops reported that the 28-year-old charged, who was seized on Wednesday for setting up illegal immunization camps by portraying as a joint commissioner of KMC, had also deceived at least two persons of Rs 46 lakh on the alibi of assisting them get KMC contracts.
Police have not discard the involvement of KMC officers.
“The Kolkatans wish to assist each other and that is the authenticity of this city. Even during this tough stage, people are standing by each other. Such inhuman behaviour marks the crooked mindset of a particular person. It is regrettable,” said Kolkata Police Commissioner Soumen Mitra.
The matter has taken a political turn with Deb’s images with TMC leaders surfacing on social media.
The BJP on Friday claimed a CBI investigation into the case, accusing TMC leaders’ connection to Deb.
A police officer stated Deb used to methodize illegal camps free of cost.
“The authenticity of antibodies is being trialed. At least 513 individuals have guaranteed that they were given inoculations at Kasba and 72 at City College,” said the officer.
The accused fraud was exposed on Wednesday when actor and Trinamool Congress MP Mimi Chakraborty was invited to an immunization camp at Kasba in Kolkata. After obtaining the jab, she became skeptical as she did not receive a vaccination confirmation message on her phone.
At least five police grievances, including three by lawmakers, were lodged against Deb on Friday.
Deb’s name was found inscribed on a plaquette below a bust of Rabindranath Tagore at a library in central Kolkata, which was launched on February 26.
The plaque has the names of state minister and TMC MLA Firhad Hakim, TMC MP Sudip Bandopadhyay and TMC MLA Nayana Bandopadhyay. Bandopadhyay on Friday filed a police grievance that her name was used without her consent.
A member in the KMC Board of Administrators (BoA), Atin Ghosh, stated, “None of our party members attended the inauguration event.”
TMC MLA Lovely Maitra also documented a police complaint against the accused for portraying himself as a joint commissioner of KMC. She had sent different people from her Sonarpur constituency to take the jab at the Kasba camp.
TMC MP Dr Santanu Sen, who is observed in a photograph with Deb, lodged a complaint against him at Muchipara police station for supposedly synthesizing “ an methodic crime to vilify Mamata Banerjee’s government”.
It is asserted that Deb had distributed some medical items to the Indian Medical Association and the West Bengal Cricket Board. Sen is the secretary of the Indian Medical Association (West Bengal).
Primary investigation indicated that Debanjan Deb’s father, who was Deputy Excise Collector, wished him to become an IAS officer. Deb told cops that he had approached the UPSC exam but could crack it. Anyhow to keep his family in good amusement, he fooled that he had cracked the UPSC exam.
Among his relatives and in social circles, Deb was designated an IAS officer.
But his odyssey to the dark path started when he registered himself as a filmmaker at a film festival where he made the first endeavor to fabricate his network at the Information and Culture Department and started visiting its programs, investigation manifested. During Covid times, Deb hired a godown at Taltala where he piled medical supplies from Bagri market. To intensify his network, he used to disperse these items for free.