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Mollah atttack incident: HC directs state govt to file affidavit

Posted on Jan 31, 11:28AM | UNI

Kolkata, Jan 30 : Calcutta High Court today directed the state government to file an affidavit in two weeks describing how Bhangar MLA Abdur Rzzak Molla was injured at Katatala off the city's sprawling leather complex on January 6 and what steps it had so far taken to arrest the culprits.

Justice Dipankar Dutta also asked the authorities if the alleged accused Arabul Islam, now in police custody, was charged with attempting to murder and inflicting severe injuries on Molla .

Justice Dutta issued the directives on a writ petition filed by Molla's son Mustaq Ahmed seeking an independent inquiry into the incident and punishment of the accused.

A former CPI(M) minister of the Left Front government, Mollah was allegedly assaulted by a mob led Trinamool Congress leader Arabul Islam at Katatala in the Kolkata Leather Complex police station area on January 6.

As Mollah's jeep neared the spot towards afternoon, a large group of Trinamool men broke away from a meeting and rushed towards the vehicle with bamboo sticks.

The vehicle's windscreen was smashed , the petition said adding that Mollah fell on the ground after he was allegedly punched by Arabul. The mob kicked and hit him on the stomach and chest for about seven minutes as his lone security guard and driver watched helplessly.

A injured Mollah was rescued by two policemen and then taken to a city's private hospital. Arabul, arrested after 11 days of the incident, was denied bail and now remanded to police custody.