Arabul ‘eludes’ cops again

Arabul Islam

Trinamool Congress strongman Arabul Islam has again succeeded in giving police the slip by getting himself admitted to hospital.

Arabul, who was arrested on Thursday, complained of chest pain and got admitted in SSKM hospital early today.

He had earlier been admitted in a private nursing home after the violence in Bhangar on January 8, in which he was allegedly involved. Apparently Arabul, who was accused of attempt to murder, arson and rioting on January 8, was hospitalised to evade arrest. The doctor treating Arabul in the private nursing home had told reporters that the Trinamool leader was not suffering from any serious illness. Despite that, the strongman remained in the nursing home for four days.

The police arrested Arabul on Thursday and he was remanded in police custody till January 21.

Within 24 hours of his being taken into police custody in Sonarpur, he complained of chest pain. Around 1 am today, he was taken to SSKM from Sonarpur police station, sources said.

A senior police official said, "The doctors examined Arabul and some medical investigations were conducted. But again nothing has been found for which he needs to be admitted. But it seems he will not be released from the government hospital till he is granted bail on January 21. Our team has not been allowed to interrogate Arabul in the hospital."

The police are yet to seize arms and arrest any of Arabul's associates who were allegedly involved in the violence on January 8. "We have to produce a seizure list and some evidence to get Arabul's custody extended. But we do not have anything to write on the seizure list as we did not get time to interrogate Arabul," added the police official.

Sources said that senior TMC leader and MLA Jiban Mukhopadhyay and some senior block-level leaders were allowed to meet Arabul in Sonarpur police station yesterday and Arabul expressed his anger at being arrested.

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