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Arabul remand extended

Calcutta, Jan. 21: A Baruipur court today extended Arabul Islamís police remand till the time doctors at SSKM Hospital declare him fit to be produced for a hearing on his bail petition.

Trinamulís Bhangar strongman Arabul, who is accused of leading attacks on CPM MLA Abdur Rezzak Mollah on January 6 and a Left convoy two days later, was today granted interim bail in the first case.

For the January 8 attack on CPM cadres, Arabul faces charges such as attempt to murder and use of explosives. Both are non-bailable.

ďI have not seen the accused. I direct police to produce him before the court when doctors declare him fit,Ē acting additional chief judicial magistrate (AJCM) Himika Das Banerjee said today.

The Baruipur court also asked police to submit a medical report on Arabul on January 24.

A five-member team of SSKM doctors set up to monitor Arabulís health today said he could be shifted from the ICU to the general ward tomorrow. The former Bhangar MLA was admitted to SSKM with chest pain on Saturday night.

ďHis chest pain is not constant, it is sporadic. His parameters should be observed. We have recommended some tests and suggested that he be shifted to the general ward,Ē a doctor said.

Arabul could not be shifted today because of lack of beds in the general ward.

The hearing on Arabulís bail petition was disrupted a couple of times today after a section of lawyers and loyalists of the Trinamul leader created a ruckus in the courtroom, forcing the ACJM to adjourn the session.