A key accused of the abduction of shoe-baron Partha Pratim Roy Barman in 2001 was produced at a court here on Sunday after he was brought to the city from Mumbai where he was arrested a few days ago.

Noor-e-Alam alias Shahbaz was successful in eluding the police net even as key conspirator in the abduction case, Aftab Ansari, was meanwhile arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment by a city court in 2009.

A team of the State police's Criminal Investigation Department brought Mr. Alam to the city on transit remand on Saturday. The city court remanded him in police custody for 12 days.

The CID's Deputy Inspector-General (Special Operations Group), K. Jayaraman, said Mr. Aalm was arrested by the Mumbai police few days ago and the West Bengal police was alerted.

Mr. Alam was previously arrested by the Anti-Terrorism Squad of the Mumbai police in connection with the Mumbai serial blasts in 2006 but was later released on bail.

Mr. Jayaraman said that apart from interrogating him about his involvement in the abduction case, Mr. Alam would be grilled about his possible Indian Mujahideen connections. Incidentally, Mr. Alam is a close associate of Indian Mujahideen co-founder Amir Reza Khan.

Mr. Roy Barman was kidnapped from the city's eastern suburbs on July 25, 2001, and was released only after reportedly realising a ransom amount of over Rs. three crore.

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