In a pre-dawn swoop on Monday, a youth and four women, in their mid-20s, were picked up from a hotel on VIP Road, near Baguiati. The five were arrested on charges of assaulting a businessman and locking him in a toilet.
The businessman, N. Naskar, was rescued in an unconscious state and admitted to a local nursing home. Rahul Srivastav, additional superintendent of police, North 24-Parganas, said the arrested youth, Imtiaz, hailed from Gujarat. He had been staying in the hotel for the past 20 days under a false name. “A few days ago, he bought a television set from Naskar. He had not paid the full amount and instead, asked the businessman to come to the hotel to collect the balance,” Srivastav said.
Accordingly, Naskar arrived at Imtiaz’s hotel on Friday. “Imtiaz opened the door and started beating up the businessman. Four women, present in the room, joined in,” said an official. The five then dragged an unconscious Naskar to the toilet and locked him in. Early on Monday, a sweeper noticed Naskar lying in a pool of blood and informed the Baguiati police.
Srivastav said the four girls were from Mumbai. Imtiaz had been arrested a few months ago for running a prostitution racket in Salt Lake. He had swung back into action after obtaining bail.