Kol police hunt for TMC councillor

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 15, 2013 19:01 hrs

After arresting 12 people accused of murdering a cop during a college pre-election violence two days ago, the police began searching for Trinamool Congress councillor Mohmmad Iqbal, who has been named in a First Information Report (FIR) in connection with the incident in Kolkata's Garden Reach area.

Iqbal has been charged with abetment to murder of a policeman during clashes between Congress and Trinamool Congress activists at Harimohan Ghose College in Garden Reach on Tuesday.

In video footage of the clashes on Feb 12, Iqbal was reportedly spotted standing next to prime accused Sheikh Shubhaan, when the latter allegedly fired the bullet which killed the policeman, Tapas Chowdhury.

TV footage by local channels claimed Iqbal also attempted to slap a cop.

The Opposition alleged that Shubhaan is close to Trinamool Congress (TMC) councillor Mohammed Iqbal.

Shubhaan and eleven other have been arrested by the police.

Earlier, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday visited the residence of the slain sub-inspector.

Choudhury was killed while four other students were injured as clashes between supporters of Chhatra Parishad (CP) and Trinamool Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) broke out when leaders from both the sides were filing nomination papers for upcoming students' union election.

Banerjee said law will take its own course in connection to the case.

"Law will take its own course. My one line is enough," Banerjee told reporters on Thursday.

She said Choudhury´s wife will get Rs 15 lakh as insurance accident benefit and Rs 5 lakh from the state government.

Banerjee said additional Rs 5 lakh will be given to the family from the Chief Minister´s Relief Fund.

The Chief Minister said Choudhury´s daughter Tanushree will get a job in a clerical post in the police department.

She said the government will also bear the expense for the education of his son.

Meanwhile, Kolkata Police Commissioner RK Pachnanda has been removed from his post on Thursday though the move landed the chief minister in further controversy.

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