Garden Reach Violence: 12 Accused in Police Custody
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The two main accused of Garden Reach violence were today remanded in police custody till February 26.

The other 10 accused of yesterday's campus violence that claimed life of a police officer and wounded one critically were also remanded in police custody till February 19.

Sk Suhan and Ibon, the two main accused, were arrested yesterday along with 10 others after sub-inspector Tapas Chowdhury was shot dead during a clash between Congress and Trinamool Congress student unions at Hari Mohan Ghosh college during filing of nominations for a college election.

A ruling TMC councillor, whose name figured in the FIR lodged by the police has absconded.

"We are looking for the TMC councillor who is yet to be traced," Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh said, but did not give the name.

The name of a Congress supporter, Moktar, also figured in the FIR, Ghosh said.

Police Commissioner R K Pachnanda handed over a cheque of Rs 2 lakh to the SI's widow Minati at her Thakurpukur residence during the day and assured of providing a job to her daughter Tanushree.

"We will also take care of her son's studies," Pachnanda said after meeting Minati.

Urban Development Minister, Firad Hakim, meanwhile, denied the allegation of nexus with an anti-social in Garden Reach.

"I don't have any nexus with any anti-social in the area," Hakim said. 

"You may have seen some questionable elements standing behind me at some programmes, but as a people's representative how can I prevent such thing? I have to attend many programmes as the people's representative," Hakim said.

He said "Many anti-socials elements who were with the CPI(M) have now switched over to the Congress. Such incidents can't be thought of without CPI(M)'s influence."

He was supported by Transport Minister Madan Mitra who alleged involvement of anti-socials in the Congress and CPI(M).

Describing this incident as an isolated one, Hakim, quoting guidelines by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, said the offenders would be punished and a number of the accused have been arrested.

The SI's widow said she expected Chief Minister, who is in charge of the Home (police department), "to see how the family was facing a crisis with the death of the only earning member."

"Responsibility to maintain security has been given to those who have no security for themselves," she said.

Chowdhury's daughter Tanushree demanded exemplary punishment to the killers of her father.

Congress leader and union minister Deepa Dasmunshi alleged the Trinamool government was "passive" in dealing with criminals in the state leading to an alarming law and order situation.

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