Police on Sunday arrested a man who allegedly shot dead 35-year-old trader and Trinamul activist Md Haseem near Mayur cinema on Rabindra Sarani on February 12.
Adnan alias Imran Alam, 28, was one of the three accused Haseem had named in his statement before he succumbed to his injuries.
The police claimed that Haseem had named Adnan, Shahid and Ballu — aides of gangster Pappu with whom Haseem used to work. The trio had been hiding since the shooting. But on Sunday morning Adnan’s luck ran out after police received information that he had returned to the city to meet his family.
“We arrested him from the MM Barman Street-College Street crossing around 6.30am,” an officer at Hare Street police station said. He said Haseem had named Adnan as the one who shot him.
Haseem, a resident of Gobinda Chandra Dhar Lane in Burrabazar, used to run a construction business and was also a Trinamul activist in the area.
His family had alleged that he left home after receiving a call on the night of February 11. Half an hour later, around 11.50pm, he was found with a bullet in his abdomen in front of Mayur cinema on Rabindra Sarani. The bullet had punctured his right kidney.
Friends took him to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital but Haseem could not be saved. Before he was wheeled into the operating theatre, he gave his statement to the police and doctors. He died six hours later.
“Haseem and Pappu were partners in a construction business and used to run gambling and money-lending rackets. Recently they had parted ways,” an officer claimed.