Midnapore/Kolkata: An unspecified number of cartridges were seized during a search of three residences of arrested former CPI (M) minister Sushanta Ghosh in West Midnapore district in Kolkata on Saturday, police sources said.

The cartridges were found from the Benchapra residence in West Midnapore from near where seven skeletons were dug up from a pit on June two, while another residence at Chandrakona in district and one at D L Khan Road in Kolkata were also searched, the sources said.

A nine-member CID team led by the investigating officer in the case Purnashree Mukherjee searched the residence at Benachapra and the one at Chandrakona, the sources said.

The CID team took the former minister's wife, Karuna, and brother-in-law, Aurobindo Bandhopadhay, from their Chandrakona residence to Benachapra for questioning, they said.

The Benachapra residence was being guarded by the police.

In Kolkata, Ghosh, the sitting CPI (M) legislator of Garbeta, was questioned at the CID headquarters at Bhavani Bhavan for the second consecutive day.

A CID official said that Ghosh claimed that he was visiting his ill father in Kolkata on Septemeber 22, 2002 when seven Trinamool Congress workers were allegedly abducted and killed by CPI(M) cadre from Piyasala village in West Midnapore district and their bodies buried.
   
"We are checking the details to ascertain whether his statement is correct," he said.

The CID was also taking the help of the Central Forensic Laboratory to ascertain the cause of death of the seven skeletons found, he said.

Ghosh was arrested on August 11 following rejection of his prayer for extension of anticipatory bail by a Midnapore court after a report by the CID that the DNA of two out of seven skeletons matched those of two missing Trinamool Congress supporters, Ajoy Acharya and Raju Sinha.

(Agencies)