Trinamool Congress councillor Mohammad Ikbal alias Munna arrested in connection with the violence culminating in the murder of a Kolkata Police sub-inspector last month was produced before a court here on Thursday and remanded to judicial custody till April 3.  Ikbal was arrested by the State Criminal Investigation Department on March 7 from Dehri-on-Sone in Bihar and has been in its custody since them.

 Supporters of the Councillor, who is also chairperson of a borough of the city’s civic body, had gathered outside the court and showed black flags to the police when Ikbal was produced before the court. Elaborate security arrangements were made at the court premises to prevent any trouble. Ikbal, charged with rioting and attempt to murder in connection with the incident at Garden Reach area of the city on February 12, had admitted that he was asked to go into hiding by higher ups in Trinamool.

State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim had gone out of his way to shield the Councillor by claiming before journalists that he did not “believe” that Ikbal was involved in the incident. 

Meanwhile, the mother of Sambhu Nath Kow, another Trinamool Congress councillor who is absconding since the murder of a party worker over an issue involving land dispute in the city’s Dhapa area, approached the Calcutta High Court alleging police excesses on the family members.  In a petition filed before the court, Gouribala Kow said that the family is under mental pressure because of frequent questioning and raids made by police. Kow has been on the run since the death of Adhir Maity on March 20.