Five-day police custody for Arabul Islam
Former Trinamool Congress MLA Arabul Islam, who was arrested for his alleged attack on former state minister and senior CPI(M) leader Abdur Razzak Mollah, was today remanded to police custody till January 21.
The five-day police custody for Mr Islam, the alleged kingpin behind the recent Bhangar violence, was awarded by the Baruipur Court.
He would be produced before the court again on January 21.
Earlier, police arrested Mr Islam for his alleged attack on Mr Mollah from Bantala on E M Bypass in southern fringe of the city.
Four non-bailable arrest warrants were issued against Mr Mollah, who was also facing murder charges under Section 307.
Mr Mollah had been hospitalised after attack on him on January 6 allegedly by Trinamool Congress activists at Bhangar in South 24 Paraganas.
Mr Molla is still under treatment at the hospital following the incident.
Interestingly, Mr Mollah termed the arrest of Mr Islam as 'pre-planned'.
Two days after attack on Mr Mollah, a CPI(M) procession, on way to the city from Bhangar, was attacked by alleged Trinamool Congress supporters on January 8.
Mr Islam also allegedly led the attack, which resulted in a large scale violence between CPI(M) and Trinamool Congress supporters in the area.
Giving a new twist to the Bhangar violence, Governor M K Narayanan had expressed concern over the incidents and observed that 'Goondaism is on in the state' and urged the administration to maintain law and order.
CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat visited Mr Mollah at the hospital during the day and wished his speedy recovery.
Earlier, former chief minister Budhadeb Bhattacharjee, opposition leader in the Assembly Surya Kanta Mishra and other CPI(M) leaders also visited the hospital.