Kolkata: A trader lodged a complaint with Posta police station, alleging that some people had extorted Rs 1,000 from him when he parked his car (WB03D1038) at Jagannath Ghat Road, also known as Napit Patty, on Saturday. Cops have registered an FIR against the accused on charges of extortion in the name of parking fee.
The incident happened a day after chief minister Mamata Banerjee had directed cops to take action against those illegally collecting parking fees or erecting walls in the Posta area.The CM said this during the inauguration of the Jagaddhatri Puja organised by the Posta Bazaar Merchant Association on Friday.
The CM had said that earlier, she had received complaints about such activities in the area. She clarified that the land around Posta Bazaar area belongs to the state government.
She reportedly told people in Posta that if someone brings a receipt from Kolkata Port Trust, it is not valid because of an ongoing court case between the state government and the port trust regarding the ownership of the land. A committee, comprising MP Sudip Bandopadhyay, minister Shashi Panja, members of the Posta Bazaar Merchant Association, labour representatives and Kolkata Police, has been formed to resolve the problems being faced in the Posta Bazaar area.
An FIR has been registered against the accused and a probe is on said a cop.