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Interpol’s most wanted caught

india Updated: Oct 14, 2008 01:21 IST
Sujit Nath
Sujit Nath
Hindustan Times
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Funding terrorist organisations, arms dealing in South East Asia and a daring grenade attack to assassinate Awami League leader Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka that claimed 24 lives — these are some of the crimes committed by Subrata Bayen alias Fateh Ali, arrested by the Kolkata police on Monday. His crimes put him in the Interpol's “most wanted” list.

Twenty-seven SIM cards from various countries were seized from his possession.

On Monday luck went against Subrata and he was arrested from the area where the state chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee stays—Palm Avenue.

His house, located at 9/3 Palm Avenue, was raided by the officers of Special Task Force (STF) and he was successfully picked up for interrogation. Initially he acted smart, claiming that he was a trader and not a criminal.

After several rounds of interrogation he confessed his involvement in several cases including murder, extortion, kidnapping etc. in Dhaka. He was remanded in police custody for further investigation.

What came as a shock for the intelligence agencies was the fact that the house from where he was arrested was owned by him only. “Subrata had purchased a property on Palm Avenue which he had rented out to another person recently,” a senior officer said.

This revelation once again proved intelligence failure and chink in the police armour.

“We had received a tip-off that Bayen had come to a house located at 9/3, Palm Avenue near Karaya. Subsequently a police team was sent there to round him up. A 9 mm pistol with two bullets were seized from him,” police sources said.

With his arrest several questions arise on how one of the most wanted fugitive against whom Interpol issued notices managed to buy a house by changing his name Mohammad Ali. Also, how can he manage to run his gang in Dhaka right here from Kolkata unnoticed and unchallenged?

Interrogation revealed that he entered Kolkata via China and Nepal. He stayed few weeks in China to expand his business. He was also actively smuggling arms in the South East Asia.

He was subsequently produced before a magistrate of the Alipore CJM court and was later remanded in police custody for two weeks. Since he was not involved in criminal activities in West Bengal, police have booked him under 14 Foreigners Act and 25 (1 B) Arms Act.