The police on Tuesday finally arrested Gaffar Ali Mollah, who has been accused of being involved in illegal land deals in Rajarhat, a northern suburb of Kolkata.
He is facing charges of possessing arms illegally and intimidating locals who set on fire Vedic Village, a spa resort situated on the northern fringes of Kolkata.
On the run since August 23, when an angry mob set alight Vedic Village, Mollah was arrested with five others in Sarenga in Bankura, a district about 200 km to the north of Kolkata.
The police are now looking for Khude, the brother of Trinamool MLA Arabul Islam. It is alleged that Khude gave him political and other kinds of support. The police, with Gaffar’s help, are now raiding other hideouts of the gang in the district of North 24-Parganas, which adjoins Kolkata.
Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen confirmed the raids but added, “There are no plans right now to arrest the Trinamool MLA.”
North 24-Parganas Superintendent of Police (SP) Rahul Srivastava said, “Acting on a tip-off last night, a special team went to Sarenga and arrested Gaffar. Five others were arrested with him. They had planned to go to Bangladesh, but when they failed, took shelter in a house belonging to one of Gaffar’s relatives.”