A freeze frame of Subhan from TV footage recorded before the shooting. Courtesy: ABP Ananda
Sub-inspector Tapas Chowdhury’s colleagues have singled out Abdus Subhan for special treatment.
The 27-year-old was dragged out of a hideout at the intersection of Garden Reach Road and Battikal Road and brought to Garden Reach police station by a team of eight officers from the detective department’s anti-rowdy squad on Tuesday.
“We kept him in the police station for over five hours from 3.30pm and he was not allowed to sit, not even on the floor, at any point,” said an officer of Garden Reach police station.
According to sources, Subhan had changed his dress to evade the cops. The red football jersey that had made him easy to spot in the melee outside the college had been replaced with a pink shirt.
Around 9.15pm, Subhan and his uncle Ibne Saud were brought to the Lalbazar police headquarters in a Sumo packed with sleuths. “They were taken straight to the central lock-up where they were served dinner —rice, dal and mixed vegetables. We then brought them to the homicide wing on the first-floor of the detective department for interrogation,” said an officer.
Sleuths from other sections visited the anti-rowdy squad office for a glimpse of the “cop killer”. “He was sitting on the floor in a corner of the room, looking unfazed,” said an officer of the anti-snatching wing, located on the same floor.
Ibne reportedly tried to protect Subhan saying that the youth was from a poor family and earned a living by working under the 100-day employment guarantee scheme.
“We separated the duo and started interrogating them,” said an officer of homicide wing. “Subhan was a hard nut to crack. He denied that he was present at the spot when the sub-inspector was shot. When we showed him TV footage of him shooting the officer that we had recorded with the set-top box, he claimed he was not the person in the red jersey.”
The sleuths then showed Subhan TV footage of him standing beside Trinamul councillor Mohammad Iqbal in the red jersey. The youth then told police: “The shooter must have a shirt of the same colour.”
The grilling started after that.
“We applied all our methods. The day had been hectic for him and he could not take it any more around dawn. He started confessing around 5am. We have not recorded his statement yet. Since we have his custody for 13 days, there’s enough time for that,” said one of the interrogators.
He did not elaborate on the methods that finally extracted the confession.
“Now our main aim is to recover the single-shot gun that was used to kill the officer. The bullet that was lodged in the police officer’s heart has been removed. Once the weapon is recovered, a ballistic test will confirm that it had been fired from the same gun,” said an officer.