Kalyani, Jan. 7: Sergeant Bapi Sen is not the only one in the state to have given his life resisting eve-teasers. Sanjit Das, 35, was shot inside a bus full of mute spectators when he stood up against drunk youths harassing a woman.
Eight months after Das was killed and on the day Sen was taken off life support, Das’ assassin was picked up by police.
Raju Das, 28, a notorious inter-state criminal and a famed history shelter was arrested from a house at Halisahar in the Jagaddal police station area.
The North 24-Parganas police, however, does not know about the arrest yet. “We had detained him once but he managed to give us the slip,” said the officer in-charge of the Jagaddal police station.
Raju, a resident of the Bidhannagar locality here, was picked up from a brickfield in Halishar and brought here yesterday. The police convened a news conference today to announce the arrest. Sub-divisional police officer Prasun Banerjee said the district police felt it was a “major achievement”. “Not only the murder of Sanjit, Raju was wanted in several serious crimes, including a murder he committed last June at Mogra in Hooghly district,” Banerjee said.
Sanjit, a resident of Kalyangram in North 24-Parganas, was shot in the bus plying between Naihati and Barasat on April 14. He could not bear to see four drunk men go after a young woman, hurling obscenities and making lewd gestures.
He raised his voice and as the bus pulled past Jagaddal, one of them whipped out a revolver and shot him. The four asked the passengers to remain seated, stopped the bus and disembarked.
Sanjit was pronounced dead when taken to a hospital in Titagarh, North 24-Parganas.
The incident had created a stir and North 24-Parganas magistrate H.K. Dwivedi was sent by the government to Sanjit’s residence to hand over a “compensation”.
But did it take a Bapi Sen for the police to nab the culprit'
Banerjee said the interrogation of several members of his gang led to Raju’s arrest.