| Ashok Todi at Bhabani Bhavan. Picture by Sanjoy Chattopadhyaya
The CID questioned Ashok Todi, Rizwanur Rahman’s father-in-law, for the second time on Sunday about the discrepancies in his statements and that of his brother and a few senior officers of the city police.
Todi was earlier grilled on Thursday, six days after Riwanur was found dead on railway tracks near Bidhannagar.
“Todi was today asked to clarify the contradictions between his statements and those of two officers of the detective department’s anti-rowdy squad. Todi’s statements also did not match with what his brother Pradip told us,” said an officer working on the case.
The sleuths decided to summon Todi for the second time after grilling two anti-rowdy squad (ARS) officers — assistant commissioner Sukanti Chakraborty and sub-inspector Krishnendu Das — on Saturday.
“The officers told us that their superiors had forwarded to them a complaint lodged by Todi against Sadique Hussain, a witnesses to the marriage of Rizwanur and the businessman’s daughter Priyanka. Todi had alleged that Sadique had made threat calls to his family,” said a sleuth.
“But during the first interrogation, Todi made no mention of Sadique and the alleged threat calls. He said he had gone to ARS to lodge a complaint of illegal confinement against Rizwanur and then met deputy commissioner (headquarters) Gyanwant Singh and deputy commissioner (detective department) Ajoy Kumar. Today, we asked him to recall the sequence of his meetings with senior officers and what he discussed with them,” the sleuth added.
About the inconsistencies in the statements of the Todi brothers, another officer pointed out: “Ashok told us that after Priyanka returned from her in-laws’ house on September 8, he spent a few days at his Salt Lake home and then went to South India. But his brother said Ashok had left the country on a business trip. Ashok was asked where exactly he was after his daughter’s return.”
Director-general of police A.B. Vohra went to the CID headquarters on Sunday and met the senior officers handling the case. “The probe is on the right track,” said Vohra.
Sujato Bhadra, the secretary of the Association for Protection of Democratic Rights, went to the CID’s headquarters during the day and recorded a five-page statement. “I recalled how Rizwanur was pressured by the police to part ways with Priyanka.”