Trinamool Congress councillor Mohd. Ikbal alias Munna, arrested in connection with violence culminating in the murder of a sub-inspector of Kolkata Police on February 12, was produced before a city court on Saturday and remanded to custody of the State Criminal Investigation Department till March 20.
Mr. Ikbal, arrested on Thursday from Dehri-on-Sone in Bihar by the CID, was brought to the city on transit remand during the day. The court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Alipore rejected his bail petition.
Hundreds of his supporters gathered inside the court premises and staged demonstrations as he was being taken away from there.
Elaborate security arrangements were in place and the Administration had to deploy Rapid Action Force personnel to control the mob which tried to block the police vehicle carrying Mr Ikbal out.
Mr Ikbal’s daughter Saba also participated in the demonstrations. She alleged that her father was a victim of political conspiracy hatched by the Opposition. She also accused a section of media of creating hype over the issue.
“Does my father look like a murderer? He has been framed. It is a political conspiracy hatched by the Opposition and the media,” she said.
Admitting that her father was present at the site where violence broke out on February 12, she said he had gone on the instructions of a fellow Trinamool councillor following a clash between student activists.
The councillor, who was absconding for over three weeks since then, had admitted on Friday that he was asked to go in hiding by higher-ups in the Trinamool Congress.
Though charged with rioting and attempt to murder as well for inciting violence in the city’s Garden Reach area, State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim had openly shielded him stating that he did not believe that Ikbal was involved in violence. The latter was seen standing beside prime accused Sheikh Suhan in the murder of the policeman in video footage aired by TV channels.