Bengal hooch tragedy: wife of prime accused held

Updated on Dec 26, 2011 12:27 AM IST

The West Bengal criminal investigation department (CID) has arrested four persons including the wife of the prime suspect, Khora Badshah, in connection with the hooch tragedy earlier this month in which 173 people have died so far.

HT Image
HT Image
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata Canning (wb)

The West Bengal criminal investigation department (CID) has arrested four persons including the wife of the prime suspect, Khora Badshah, in connection with the hooch tragedy earlier this month in which 173 people have died so far.

Shakila Bibi alias Nurjahan, Badshah’s first wife, and three others were arrested from a house in Canning town of South 24 Parganas district during the early hours on Sunday.

They were produced in court, which remanded them in police custody for 14 days.

According to a source in the CID, Shakila claimed Badshah had paid local leaders of the ruling Trinamool Congress to be able to operate his den in Mograhat block. She said Badshah used to pay some leaders of CPM earlier. She said these pay offs were separate from bribes to the local police and some excise department officials, the source added.

Trinamool and CPM rubbished her claims. “None of our party workers has any connection with them,” said Abu Taher, Trinamool’s secretary general of South 24 Parganas district.

The hooch deaths had started on December 13-14. The victims had consumed the spurious liquor at shanties near Sangrampur railway station of the district.

With agency inputs

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
My Offers
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Register Free and get Exciting Deals