Two Kolkata Police officials, including a narcotics department sub-inspector, narrowly escaped being arrested on Tuesday morning. The duo had gone to Kamarhati, allegedly to extort money from illegal dens where illicit liquor is produced in the area, abusing their authority. A senior officer of the detective department has, however, rubbished the allegations.
“The allegation is baseless. In order to conduct a secret inquiry regarding a narcotics issue, they went to the area, following a case of arrest that was registered at Shyampukur police station,” joint commissioner of the Kolkata Police detective department Pallab Kanti Ghosh told HT.
“According to our information, the cops were collecting money in the area and when we caught them, they declined to showing us their identity cards. So, we told them that they were under arrest. Finally, they submitted a requisition of arrest at the Belgharia police station,” said a senior officer of Barrackpore police commissionerate.
In the recent past, a murder took place at Kamarhati, where city police subsequently visited for an inquiry into the matter.The victim’s name was Ujir.
According to information, the gang that opposed Ujir thought the detective department cops were there to take revenge for his death. Accordingly, they prepared for the fight.
“A source in the area informed us of the impending trouble and the Khardah and Belgharia police were rushed to the spot. When they reached, they found that the two city cops had already been gheraoed by the mob, who alleged that they were extorting money under the guise of being police officers.
“However, they were rescued finally,” the officer said.
Allegedly, despite asking them to show their identity cards the city cops refused to show Belgharia cops their ID, initially. Finally, around 10.30am they submitted a requisition of arrest and were released.