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Road death trucker held

Police on Friday arrested the truck driver involved in the fatal accident of deputy mayor Farzana Alam’s lawyer-husband Abdul Momin two days ago. Driver Santosh Yadav of Bihar was picked up from a truck terminal in Howrah and charged with murder.

The accident took place on Wednesday evening at Kantatala near Bantala. Momin was on his motorcycle and the cement-laden truck (WB11D 5962) apparently ran over him around 9pm, police said.

The police initially lodged a case of rash driving against an unknown driver, but were on their toes the moment they came to know that the “unid-entified” body at Kantatala morgue was that of deputy mayor Alam’s husband.

Alam asked the police on Friday to treat the case as “motivated murder”. The driver was arrested within six hours of her complaint.

The South 24-Parganas SP, Praveen Tripathi, refused to comment on why the case of rash driving was changed overnight to murder.