Hakim talks tough, blames CPM, Cong

Cop killed on campus 'No truck with antisocials'

West Bengal Minister for Urban Development Firhad Hakim, who represents Garden Reach in the Assembly, today said he did not know any of the people who were seen in TV footage of the clash in front of Harimohan Ghosh College on Tuesday.

"We have no truck with antisocials. As MLA, I can give certificates but that does not mean I have to know everybody. In fact I have seen them for the first time. The perpetrators of the crime, the killers of the official who worked for the country, who laid down his life for his fellowmen, in fact those who were seen in action, will be arrested. Law will take its course," Hakim said.

An ASI of the Special Branch of Kolkata Police Tapas Choudhury was shot dead in the clash. So far 12 people have been arrested, police said.

Asked whether Mohammad Iqbal, Trinamool Congress councillor of Ward No 34 — who was seen in the footage and who is suspected to harbour the goons who killed the ASI — would be arrested, Hakim said no wrongdoer would be spared. "Anybody can be arrested. I can be arrested, you can be arrested. No miscreant will be allowed to go," he said.

The minister also alleged that Congress and CPM goons were hand in glove in creating trouble in places like Garden Reach. "Criminals harboured by the CPM have now taken shelter with the Congress. In 34 years of Left Front rule, lots of arms were accumulated in various pockets of Bengal including Garden Reach. There are arms factories there. I have told officials to recover the arms but this is a sin that has accumulated over 34 years and cannot be wiped out in 20 months," he added.

Asked why Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is in Digha inaugurating development programmes, had not visited the house of the slain ASI, Hakim said that the CM felt for the family from the core of her heart and it was not necessary for her to go to their place now.

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