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Iqbal files for bail

Calcutta, Feb. 20: Fugitive Trinamul leader Mohammad Iqbal (Munna) filed for anticipatory bail at Alipore court today, eight days after a police officer was killed in a melee allegedly instigated by him.

“I have been falsely implicated in the murder case. It is politically motivated. I have nothing to do with the murder,” the chairman of Calcutta Municipal Corporation’s borough XV is learnt to have said in his application.

Sources said the court would decide when to hear the petition by the end of this week.

Munna has been hiding allegedly with the help of a section of Trinamul leaders.

Trinamul sources in the port area said Iqbal was still in touch with a section of the leadership and the court move was made after days of “intense planning”.

Gun found

The CID found a single-shot pistol tonight and police sources said they suspected it was the weapon used to kill sub-inspector Tapas Chowdhury. A raid on an unfinished building on Fatehpur Road, about 2km from the crime scene, yielded the gun.

The CID raiding party was accompanied by murder accused Abdus Subhan, and the gun was found in a heap of bricks, a police source said.

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