Canning/Diamond Harbour: Four persons,
including the wife of the main accused Noor Islam Sheikh alias
`Khora` Badshah, were arrested today in connection with West
Bengal`s worst illicit liquor tragedy that claimed over 170
lives in South 24 Parganas district.
A senior police officer said a CID team arrested
Noorjahan Bibi, `first` wife of `Khora` Badshah, besides his
right hand man Bakkar alias Bakreswar and another accomplice
Ghulam Rasool from a house at Canning`s Kargil locality.
Shambhu Patro, owner of the house and Bakkar`s
brother-in-law, was also arrested by the team from Kolkata
during the raid in the small hours.
The SDJM, Diamond Harbour, later remanded the four to
14 days` police custody on charge of supplying the killer
Sub-divisional Judicial Magistrate, Alokesh Das, ordered
the remand after the CID sought their custody for
At least 173 persons had died of the 369 admitted to
three hospitals after consuming the hooch, allegedly supplied
by the syndicate run by `Badshah`, at liquor dens near
Sangrampur rail station area on December 13 night.
Police earlier arrested two persons in connection with
The victims fell ill after consuming spurious liquor
at several illegal joints near the station in Mograhat area
and the death toll shot up in the next two-three days.
Preliminary investigations suggest that the deaths
occurred due to methyl alcohol toxicity which led to
respiratory and cardiac failure.
The issue figured in the assembly with Chief Minister
Mamata Banerjee having announced a CID inquiry into the
tragedy which took place less than a week after the major fire
in AMRI hospital which left 93 dead.