Hooch kingpin surrenders, remanded in CID custody
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Last Updated: Monday, January 16, 2012, 20:18
Diamond Harbour: Prime accused in West Bengal's worst hooch tragedy Noor Islam Fakir alias Khonra Badsha surrendered before a local court here on Monday and was remanded in 14 days' CID custody.

Sub-divisional judicial magistrate Mou Chatterjee passed the order after Badsha, hunted by CID since December 13 at Sangrampur in South 24 Parganas district that claimed 172 lives, surrendered in the morning, police said.

Meanwhile, a man with 10 live bombs was detained in the court premises after the surrender.

Police said the man, hailing from Mograhat in the district where Khonra Badshah was also a resident, was suspected to have designs on his life.

A mob comprising family members of the victims of the tragedy tried to get hold of the 48-year-old hooch manufacturer but police and stick-weilding RAF personnel chased them away.

Badshah later told newsmen at the court that he was hiding in Ajmer since the incident. He claimed he was not involved in the hooch tragedy and his family had betrayed him. His second wife Angoora Bibi, also an accused, is still absconding.

CID sleuths had arrested his first wife Sakeela Bibi and close associates Bakreswar Mondal alias Bakkar and Chhotu from Bidyadharpara in Canning area of South 24 Parganas district on December 24.

The victims of the hooch tragedy were mostly masons, small farmers, labourers and hawkers.

They had collapsing after consuming illicit brew from liquor dens in and around Sangrampur.


First Published: Monday, January 16, 2012, 13:00

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