Suspended Calcutta police constable Tarak Das, once arrested for an attempt to murder, allegedly hit a 56-year-old man with a revolver butt in a crowded fish market in Patuli and walked away on Sunday morning.
He hadn’t been arrested till late on Sunday.
Alleged victim Pintu Das, a civic employee and known as a CPM activist, was admitted to National Medicial College and Hospital. Tarak is known in the Garia-Patuli belt as a Trinamul activist.
“The attack was a fallout of Pintu’s protest against Tarak’s hooliganism. We are looking for Tarak,” said an officer of Patuli police station.
A case under IPC sections 23 (voluntarily causing heart) and 341 (wrongful restraint), and 25/27 of the Arms Act (possessing and brandishing illegal firearm) has been registered against Tarak.
Pintu’s wife Chandana said: “My husband left home around 10 and went to the nearby Birnagar market. Within 10 minutes I was told that Tarak had hit my husband.”
“Tarak came to the market riding a two-wheeler. He entered the fish market and spotted Pintu. Tarak walked up to him, took out a firearm tucked in his waist and hit Pintu on the head with the butt. Brandishing the weapon, Tarak walked away and left the market on his bike,” said Robin Dutta, who said he had witnessed the attack.
Tarak, a constable at Metiabruz police station, was suspended for allegedly leading an attack on a CPM office and journalists in Patuli during a general strike called by Left parties on February 28, 2012.
Hours after being reinstated in service, Tarak allegedly assaulted Trinamul activist Pradip Ghosh over a dispute related to supply of construction materials to real estate projects. He was suspended again and arrested on charges of attempting murder. Tarak was released on bail a few weeks later.
“He (Tarak) is a rogue cop, a habitual offender and known as a tough in the Patuli area,” said an officer at Lalbazar.