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Short St guard gets bail

Calcutta High Court on Monday granted bail to Pramod Sau, one of the two guards charged with the murder of two bouncers at 9A Short Street.

Sau’s lawyer pleaded that his client should get bail because CCTV footage of the incident shows Mamta Agarwal, who lived and ran a playschool at 9A, shooting the bouncers on the morning of November 11, 2013.

“Sau was arrested on charges of firing. But the video footage proved that Mamta had opened fire that killed two persons,” defence lawyer Phiroze Edulji said.

Public prosecutor Manjit Singh opposed the bail plea but the division bench of Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee and Justice Shib Sadhan Sadhu overruled his protests.

Sau was arrested along with Mamta and another guard, Shafique Ahmed or Pappu, after two bouncers were shot dead for allegedly trespassing on 9A Short Street. A case of murder was slapped on him.

Mamta was granted bail on March 18 on health grounds while the high court has yet to hear Pappu’s petition.

Officers investigating the case said Sau and Pappu were Mamta’s “trusted lieutenants” and they stayed at the address, always on watch to prevent any attack.

“The confusion over who fired the shots that killed the bouncers stemmed from the CCTV footage showing rifles changing hands. Mamta was holding one initially and she handed it to a guard before taking a call on her cell phone. The rifles were passed around but the ballistic report tallied with the sequence of events captured by the surveillance cameras to verify who fired the fatal shots,” an officer said.