Desk: Trinamool Congress strongman Arabul Islam, arrested in connection with the killing of an independent candidate’s supporter in South 24 Parganas district ahead of the May 14 panchayat polls in West Bengal, claimed innocent on Saturday.
Before being produced to the court, while addressing the media, Arabul said, “I am innocent, it is my request to the Chief Minister to investigate the matter properly so that the truth comes out.
A huge amount of bombs were also recovered from behind the house of Trinamool Congress strongman Arabul Islam who was arrested on Friday night after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s diktat.
The South 24 Parganas police booked Arabul for murder, spreading communal violence and under the arms and ammunitions act.
The independent candidate’s supporter, Hafizul Islam Mollah, 25, was hit by a bullet on his chest when he along with other supporters was taking part in a procession from Kashipur to Machhibhanga on Friday. He was rushed to a nursing home and then to a hospital, where he was declared brought dead, police said.
Police are also on the lookout for his son and brother for their alleged involvement in the incident
Most of the independents are associated with the Jami Rakkha Committee (Save Land Committee), an anti-land acquisition outfit opposing the setting up of a power grid unit in Bhangor.