Mohammad Iqbal and daughter Saba
Saba Iqbal, the daughter of arrested Trinamul councillor Mohammad Iqbal (Munna), was turned away from the CID headquarters at Bhabani Bhavan twice in as many days when she went there to enquire about his health.
“I was denied permission to meet my father. I have no way of knowing about my father’s health,” a visibly disappointed Saba said after returning from the CID headquarters on Monday. She was told to get a court order sanctioning the visit.
On Sunday, she went to Bhabani Bhavan with some medicines that Munna, a diabetic, is supposed to regularly take. She complained about not being allowed to meet her father, though the police took the medicines from her.
“Munna was allowed to take the medicines after a doctor from a government hospital verified and approved them,” a CID officer said.
The rulebook states that no one is allowed to meet an accused in police custody other than the personnel attached to an investigating agency. “If family members have a court order permitting a meeting, we can bring the accused to them,” special IGP (CID) Vineet Goyal said.
The police, however, allow an accused to use clothes provided by his or her family.
The family of Munna, an accused in the murder of a police officer in front of a Garden Reach college, said they were worried about his health. He was on the run for more than three weeks until his arrest last Thursday at Dehri-on-Sone in Bihar.
“My father is a diabetic and his blood sugar level shoots up when he is stressed. His diet has gone haywire since he left home almost a month ago. We are worried about his health,” Saba said.
Saba had travelled to Dehri-on-Sone with fresh clothes and medicines following Munna’s arrest.
A team of CID officers, headed by additional director-general Sivaji Ghosh, on Monday met DGP Naparajit Ghosh at Writers’ Buildings and updated him on the investigation into sub-inspector Tapas Chowdhury’s murder.