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Fighting the Dhanbad Mafia

Frustrated with the ineffectiveness, and worse, of government agencies, Gurudas Chatterjee started intervening directly in the affairs of the mafia by rousing the people against them. He stopped illegal coal trading and got two top mafia leaders arrested. This was too much and a plot was hatched from the jail itself. Gurudas could be neither bought nor cowed down. So he had to be removed. And removed he was. On G T Road on April 14 the sun set at 3 pm.

The Dhanbad mafia had not figured on the front pages of the national dailies for quite some time. Perhaps news of their doings had become old or the phenomenon had been globalised, dislodging Dhanbad of its privileged status. The recent elections showed that mafias have acquired social acceptability and registered their presence as elected people’s representatives. Everybody is apparently reconciled to this situation.

Even against this background, the news of the ghastly murder of Gurudas Chatterjee, the Marxist Coordination Committee MLA in broad daylight on the busy G T Road came as a shock and shook the conscience of all. People woke up to the fact that the menace had only gone underground and had now resurfaced to strike. Gurudas Chatterjee had to die as he had dared to confront the Dhanbad mafias, something which others had avoided doing.

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