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Arrest count up in Short St case

Ritik Dey, a key accused in the 9A Short Street case, was arrested on Thursday at Bankshall where he went to consult a lawyer.

Samir Riaz, a lawyer arrested in the case on Wednesday, has been remanded in police custody for five days.

Sources said Pinakesh Dutta, a real estate agent behind bars in the case, had said in his statement to the police that Dey was with him during the trespass on 9A on September 15. Dey, alias Bam, has also been accused of snatching a licensed gun of Ratanlal Nahata, a resident of 9A.

Riaz, the police said, was the brain behind the September attack. Public prosecutor Krishna Chandra Das submitted that Pinakesh Dutta had named Riaz as an accomplice.

“Riaz was one of those who had plotted the September 15 attack. We need his custody for proper interrogation,” Das submitted.

The September attack failed in its attempt to get the property vacated, the police said. The failure, according to the sleuths, prompted an attack on November 11, during which two bouncers were gunned down at 9A.

The defence lawyers, while pleading for Riaz’s bail, submitted that he would cooperate with the police and be present for interrogation whenever needed. Chandraprava Chakraborty, the 16th magistrate in the Calcutta Metropolitan Magistrate’s court, rejected the plea and remanded Riaz in police custody for five days.

Minutes later, a group of lawyers allegedly got engaged in an altercation with the policemen who were taking Riaz out of the court. “Some of the lawyers even tried to snatch Riaz from our custody,” said a police officer.

Extra force was sent from Lalbazar to control the situation.