Hooch kingpin surrenders, remanded in CID custody

Khonra Badsha, the key accused in December 13 hooch tragedy that claimed 172 lives, surrenders before a local court in West Bengal.

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

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.


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