An alleged legal was arrested by the West Bengal police from Bokaro in Jharkhand within the early hours of Friday in reference to the homicide of Congress councillor Tapan Kandu in Purulia district on March 13, officers mentioned.
“The man, identified as Kalebar Singh, was remanded in police custody for 14 days by a Purulia court after he was brought to Bengal. He has a criminal record and is suspected to be one of the hitmen,” a district police officer mentioned on situation of anonymity.
Anupam Dutta, a ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) councillor, and Tapan Kandu had been killed in North 24 Parganas and Purulia on March 13, days after they received the municipal polls held on February 27. The crimes rocked the state.
Tapan Kandu’s spouse, Purnima, alleged the involvement of the Purulia police and demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). She filed a petition earlier than the Calcutta excessive court docket final week.
Five personnel of the Purulia district police had been confined to their barracks on March 20 following fees of dereliction of responsibility throughout Kandu’s homicide on a highway. He was shot from shut vary in entrance of his associates and several other eyewitnesses. A lady sub-inspector, two constables and two house guards have been requested to not go away the barracks.
Purnima Kandu alleged that the police personnel, who had been manning a safety verify level on the highway through the homicide, didn’t reply to the household’s request to hurry to the crime scene which was inside strolling distance.
The police earlier arrested Dipak Kandu, a nephew of the sufferer.
Dipak Kandu contested the civic polls on a Trinamool Congress ticket towards his uncle and lost. The Congress and Kandu’s household have demanded a court-monitored probe by the CBI alleging that TMC leaders and the native police have hyperlinks with the homicide.