STATESMAN NEW SERVICE
Kolkata, 14 November
Parag Majumder (45), who was arrested in connection with the Short Street firing incident, was produced before a city court and remanded in police custody till 21 November.
Police also arrested Pinakesh Dutta in connection with the incident from the Hare Street area. He knew Majumder and is involved in many of his businesses, police said.
The defense lawyer for Majumder argued that his client was arrested without any proper reason and that he should be granted conditional bail. However, the investigating officer of the case argued the importance of taking him into custody for investigation. Considering the gravity of the case he was remanded in police custody till 21 November.
On Monday around 16 bouncers, including four women and a photographer headed by a lawyer “trespassed” into the plot at 9A Short Street in the Shakespeare Sarani police station area. Ms Mamata Agarwal, who runs a play school in the “disputed” plot, opened fire realising that some men had intruded in the premises.
Meanwhile, police are not brushing aside Mr Sanjay Surekha’s involvement in the firing incident at 9A Short Street on 11 November.
Mr Surekha had claimed to be one of the owners of the “disputed” property.
A senior officer of the city police said: “We are interrogating the arrested persons and trying to figure
out who masterminded the bid to take over the plot and appointed musclemen and the lawyer.”
During interrogation the lawyer, Mr Partha Chatterjee, had revealed Majumder’s name. Police came to know that Majumder played an important role in vacating the land and received Rs 9.5 crore from Mr Surekha.
However, several questions remained unresolved as Mr Surekha is yet to be questioned. Sources said police are not taking any action as Mr Surekha sponsored the guard rails used by the city police and that he has good rapport with senior officers of the city police.